‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Fails To Qualify For BAFTA Film Awards
EXCLUSIVE: Sony’s superhero pic Spider-Man: No Way Home will not be collecting any prizes at the 2022 BAFTA Film Awards after it failed to meet eligibility criteria, Deadline can reveal.
The news has been communicated to BAFTA members. It is understood that Sony did not upload the film to BAFTA’s online streaming platform, BAFTA View, in time for it to qualify.
We hear the studio and awards body attempted to strike an exemption but were unable to agree on a solution. Currently, if a voting BAFTA member clicks “play” on the film’s individual page, a two-minute trailer runs rather than the full screener.
BAFTA has penned the following statement on its viewing platform:
“Spider-Man: No Way Home did not meet the eligibility criteria for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2022 and therefore did not qualify for entry. As outlined in our rulebook, all films must be made available to voting members on BAFTA View prior to Round One voting closing to ensure fairness and parity for all titles and the film was not made available by the distributor.”
Voting Round One closed on January 3, the cut-off point for films to be uploaded online. One potential theory here is that Sony is sticking hard to its theatrical window for the pic and wouldn’t budge to allow it to be streamable on BAFTA’s private platform over piracy fears.
The news comes as a blow to the film’s awards season campaign, with the Tom Holland-starring pic having built up significant awards momentum following its storming box office success. Released on December 15, the film has grossed $1.5BN globally to date, and has swung into serious Oscar consideration, with growing calls for it to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy.
Deadline has reached out to Sony for comment.
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