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2022 BAFTAs: It’s a Sin snubbed!

A round-up of the 2022 BAFTAs 

As the biggest stars in British TV gathered at the Royal Albert Hall for this year’s BAFTAs, stars all had one thing on their mind: how did It’s a Sin not pick up any awards?

Richard Ayoade BAFTAs
Host Richard Ayoade from Hello Magazine

It’s a Sin was one of the biggest shows of the year. The one-off series followed the lives of young queer people set amidst the AIDS pandemic, from 1981 to 1991. The show mainly followed Ritchie Tozer, played by Years and Years’ lead singer Olly Alexander. Ritchie was a young gay man, who moved from the quiet suburbs to the bustling streets of London. Drunk on freedom — having felt suppressed for most of his life — a young and confident Ritchie began exploring his sexuality, which became a minefield of danger. Soon enough, Ritchie began to feel sick, and AIDs became a reality. The hard-hitting storylines in It’s a Sin produced some of the most powerful scenes in TV history. No wonder BAFTA’s snub felt such a let-down.

Despite the flop, the show’s creator, Russell T Davies, remained in good spirits. Posting on Instagram, he said, “We had 11 nominations at this year’s BAFTAS !!! that’s really amazing!! thank you so much for all the love for the show and congratulations to all the winners tonight. I LOVE BEING GAY.” Sharing a post, he continued, “Look at these winners. We had a very happy night. Great shows won and great shows didn’t, and UK TV is wonderful. Long live #ItsASin.”

It's A Sin
It’s A Sin from the Guardian

However, some fans of the show and fellow nominated actors were furious with the snub. Doctor Who star, Barnaby Edwards commented, “No awards? Either BAFTA can’t recognise ground-breaking television drama when they see it or they simply don’t like the gays. I’m hoping it’s the former. #ItsASin.”

Whilst novelist Melanie Blake said, “#ItsASin was THE drama of that year. Absolutely dreadful snub.” It’s a Sin was up for 11 nominations, so it felt particularly devastating that they were unable to pick up even a single award.

But this wasn’t the only letdown of the night, as Britain’s most loved Drag Queen, Bimini, missed out on Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment when their verse in RuPaul Drag Race lost out to Strictly Come Dancing’s Rose and Giovanni.

At first, the 2022 BAFTAs was shaping up to be a very different night,  but suddenly it returned to its predictable self as Ant and Dec took home the award for best entertainment program for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Another predictable win came from Gogglebox, which saw fan favourites Marcus and Mica collect the award for best reality show.

A particularly dull show had a bit of colour added to it when Lorraine Kelly presented an award, which poked fun at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent interview on Good Morning Britain, where he shocked viewers by saying “Who’s Lorraine?” The TV host said to a chuckling audience, “Hello, and a special hello to Boris, I’m Lorraine. Lovely to see you.”

The night’s biggest awards went to some of Britain’s biggest stars. Jodie Comer continued her upwards trajectory, taking home the best leading actress award for her memorable performance in Help, a Channel 4 drama following the struggles of care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jodie Comer from the Guardian

“I’m still shaking,” she says backstage. “It’s such an honour to be a part of Help, I came away from that job feeling like I never had before from any other role. I really realised the power we have in the stories that we choose to tell. Plus I got to film in Liverpool [her hometown], with Stephen [Graham], who I adore,” she said, after dedicating the award to the care industry.

So, the BAFTAs once again lived up to its dull and predictable reputation. Let’s hope that in future years, quality shows will win and get recognised.

Some of the night’s biggest winners:

Best Entertainment ProgrammeAnt & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – WINNER

Leading Actor – Sean Bean, Time – WINNER

Leading Actress – Jodie Comer, Help – WINNER

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme = Sophie Willan, Alma’s Not Normal – WINNER

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme Jamie Demetriou, Stath Lets Flats – WINNER

Entertainment Performance – Big Zuu, Big Zuu’s Big Eats – WINNER

Single Drama – Together – WINNER

Scripted Comedy – Motherland – WINNER

News Coverage – ITV News at 10, Storming of the Capitol – WINNER

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BAFTAS 2022: host Rebel Wilson injects some risky humour

The BAFTAs were hosted by Australian comedian and film star, Rebel Wilson, who thankfully injected some risky humour into an otherwise dry awards ceremony

This Sunday, the Royal Albert Hall played host to the 2022 BAFTAs: an annual awards show honouring the best of British and International contributions to film. Hosted by Rebel Wilson, it was the Australian comedian and film star’s risky humour that stole the show.

BAFTAS Emma Watson
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“I might look a little different from the last time you guys saw me here,” said Rebel, showcasing her incredible weight loss. “That was two years ago and since then I have done quite a transformation. I hope JK Rowling still approves,” she continued, to a stunned audience. In recent years, JK Rowling has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The acclaimed author frequently shares discriminatory comments towards the Transgender community, Transgender women, in particular. A recent tweet on Twitter read: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. The penised individual who raped you is a woman.”

But this wasn’t the only gag at JK Rowlings expense that night. Emma Watson, who played Hermonie in Rowling’s Harry Potter series delivered a personal blow: “I’m here for all the witches,” she said.

The BAFTA’s have been highly criticised this year for their “woke” humour and satire. There has been a huge backlash on Twitter, as viewers are tired of celebrities “abusing” their platform, by preaching certain political beliefs. Others are appreciative that minority communities are given representation and visibility.

Despite the backlash, the BAFTA’s still attracted some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Best actress nominee, Lady Gaga attended, thanks to her dramatic portrayal of Patricia Gucci, in Ridley Scott’s, House of Gucci.

Lady Gaga Baftas
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House of Gucci is considered the most debated movie of the last 12 months. Since its release in November of last year, the film has been slated by critics, labelling the movie as “cringe,” “too long” and “ridiculous.” But most reviews have a favourable view of Gaga’s performance. However, this did not escape Rebel Wilson’s sharp tongue, “Lady Gaga is nominated for House of Gucci. Apparently, they all had Italian accents in that film, I didn’t notice.”

The evening’s big wins came from Dune. Dune took home 5 BAFTAs, including Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects. The movie, directed by Denis Villeneuve and fronted by man of the moment, Timothee Chalamet, now looks set to sweep the awards at the Oscars, which takes place on the 28th March.

However, the top award of the night goes to ‘The Power of the Dog’ – an instant Western classic, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, who just lost out on Leading Actor to Will Smith. Director, Jane Campion won Best Director.

Over the past couple of years, the Film industry has been stifled by COVID-19. 2022’s award ceremonies need to demonstrate an industry bouncing back, packed with film stars, meme-able moments and controversy. BAFTA filled the brief.

Check out the full list of BAFTAS winners below:

Best Film

  • The Power of the Dog

Outstanding British Film

  • Belfast

Leading Actress

  • Joanna Scanlan, After Love

Leading Actor

  • Will Smith, King Richard

Supporting Actress

  • Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Supporting Actor

  • Troy Kotsur, CODA


  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Costume Design

  • Cruella

Make-Up & Hair

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Original Score

  • Dune

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

  • The Harder They Fall

Animated Film

  • Encanto

Adapted Screenplay

  • CODA

Original Screenplay

  • Licorice Pizza


  • Dune


  • Summer of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not be Televised)

Film Not in the English Language

  • Drive My Car


  •  No Time to Die

Production Design

  • Cyrano


  • Dune

Special Visual Effects

  • Dune

British Short Animation

  • Do Not Feed the Pigeons

British Short Film

  • The Black Cop


  • West Side Story

EE Rising Star Award

  • Lashana Lynch