BAFTA Nominations: 'Black Panther,' Steve McQueen and 'Early Man' Among Snubs

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'Widows' also became the first film by Steve McQueen to not receive a best film nomination, while 'Early Man' missed out entirely.

With the BAFTA 2019 nominees unveiled on Wednesday, there were undoubtedly some loud early morning cheers from across London (and late night in L.A.). But with only a limited number of slots in each category, as ever, a number of hotly-tipped films failed to make the grade. 

Black Panther, which has been widely talked about as a best picture contender at the Oscars, failed to land a spot in any of the top categories, instead getting shortlisted for only one category — visual effects. 

Elsewhere, although Widows scored a best actress nomination for Viola Davis, that was its solitary honor, with no love for director Steve McQueen from BAFTA's 6,500 voters. It's the first time a film of his hasn't been nominated in the best film category at the BAFTAs. 

Another BAFTA favourite (and BAFTA Fellow), Mike Leigh, who won best director in 2005 for Vera Drake and best British film and best original screenplay in 1997 for Secrets & Lies, saw his latest – and most expensive – effort, Peterloo, shut out entirely.

Despite its critical acclaim and box office success, there wasn't much love either for Mary Poppins Returns, with Emily Blunt missing out on an acting nomination. The film was, however, shortlisted in the original music, production design and costume design categories.

It was a slender year for British powerhouse banner Working Title, usually a prominent presence at the BAFTAs (in 2018 they landed a major haul of nominations for Darkest Hour and Baby Driver). This time it saw period piece Mary Queen of Scots land three nominations: supporting actress for Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, plus costume design and hair and makeup. Its titular star Saoirse Ronan didn't make the cut.

Aardman animation Early Man also came away empty handed, the first time a film by Nick Park — a five-time BAFTA winner — hasn't been acknowledged on home soil. However, BAFTA only has three slots in its animation category (which went to Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs and Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse).