When shows like The Voice and American Idol found a way to continue, while adhering to the social distancing measures, it was only a matter of time when others too embraced the virtual path of entertaining. Thus, here we are, with the BAFTA TV nominations 2020 finally released! And as expected, the nuclear drama Chernobyl is leading the long list of nominees at BAFTA TV Awards 2020 and BAFTA TV Craft Awards 2020, which includes best drama mini-series, followed by The Crown, Fleabag, and Giri/Haji.
With a total of 14 BAFTA TV nominations in its kitty, Chernobyl is now tied with Killing Eve…
…as the most nominated program in the history of the BAFTA TV Awards! Last year, Killing Eve had scored a record of 14 BAFTA nods too and now the HBO and Sky miniseries shares its glorious title as well.
Chernobyl has gotten nominated across multiple categories in the TV and craft awards, ranging from costume design, original music, photography and lighting fiction, director fiction, editing fiction, production design, make-up and hair design, scripted casting, special, visual and graphic effects, sound fiction, and writer (drama).
Not only has it bagged the Best Drama Mini-series nomination, but also leading actor for Jared Harris and supporting actor for Stellan Skarsgard.
The next in line is the Netflix-backed drama, The Crown, with seven nominations
Based on the British Royal Family, The Crown has also been nominated for Best Drama Series.
Following it closely are Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag on Amazon Prime and BBC-Netflix’s thriller Giri/Haji with six nominations each for the BAFTA TV Awards 2020. Next in the list are BBC and HBO’s Philip Pullman adaptation His Dark Materials and Channel 4’s The Virtues individually scoring five nominations each, with BBC’s thriller series and last year’s BAFTA frontrunner, Killing Eve, Netflix’s Sex Education, as well as the drama Top Boy, getting four nods.
This years BAFTA TV nominations lauded for the presence of diversity among its award nominees, especially performers of color
BAFTA TV Awards 2020 will see a hefty list of diverse talent, which includes actors Ncuti Gatwa (best male performance for Sex Education), Gbemisola Ikumelo (for her performance in the comedy Famalam), Naomi Ackie (best supporting actress for The End of the F***ing World), Guz Khan (best male performance for Man Like Mobeen), and Youssef Kerkour (best male performance for Home)
The BAFTA TV Awards 2020 was earlier scheduled to take place on 17th May but was postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now be held virtually on 31st July and will have The IT Crowd fame Richard Ayoade as the host.