Spider-Man: No Way Home won’t be receiving any BAFTA awards

Spider-Man: No Way Home
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Spider-Man: No Way Home will not be up for any awards at the BAFTAs this year. The film is ineligible as Sony missed the deadline for uploading the film for voters to view. 

Deadline has revealed that Sony has missed the deadline for Spider-Man: No Way Home to be considered at this year’s BAFTAs. Each film that wants to be considered for an award needs to be uploaded BAFTA’s online streaming platform – BAFTA View – before the first round of voting closes on 4th January.

This online system was introduced in summer 2020, ahead of the 2021 awards. This year, it is fully online and studios can no longer send DVD copies of their films for voters to view. So, having missed the deadline to upload Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sony has disqualified it from contending in this year’s BAFTA awards. It is understood that the studio and awards body have attempted to find a solution, but were unable to come to an agreement.

BAFTA (or the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is an independent arts charity that provides workshops, scholarships and mentoring schemes to those wishing to work in the arts. This is, of course, in addition to its prestigious annual awards ceremony.

Given the rave reviews from both critics and audiences, it is a shame that Spider-Man: No Way Home will not be able to received any BAFTA nominations. Franchise films have recently started to receive recognition from awards bodies, where before they were largely overlooked (with some rare exceptions). In 2019, both Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther were nominated for special visual effects, with the latter winning the BAFTA award.

While it’s unlikely Spider-Man would have been nominated for any of the ‘big’ awards, it could have had similar luck in these technical categories.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is still showing in cinemas. The 2022 BAFTA awards will take place on Sunday 13th March.

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