Todd Phillips, Matthew Vaughn and more react to their BAFTA nominations

Here’s a selection of quotes from the talented filmmakers among this year’s lucky nominees

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The awards season kicked off this weekend gone with the Golden Globes, as we start to honour the very best of the last year’s film releases. But it’s only just begun, and the latest ceremony we’ve turned our attentions to is the BAFTAs, with the nominations announced this week. Naturally there has been much discourse, as so much focus lies on who hasn’t been nominated, rather than who has – so while we too have some apprehensions about the lack of diversity among the nominees, in this article we’re deciding to simply celebrate those who are involved, as we’ve picked out a few reaction quotes from a handful of this year’s talented individuals.

Todd Phillips – Director, Producer and Writer of Joker
“Wow. What an incredible honor (honour!?) for the significant recognition Joker received from BAFTA across the board. Recently, when Joaquin and I were in the UK, the love we felt for Joker was palpable and I just want to thank my British colleagues for connecting with the film on a cellular level. A sincere “well done” to my wonderful cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring this film to the big screen. I also want to congratulate my fellow nominees, it is an honour (I’m going with honour!) to be in their company.”

Hildur Guđnadóttir – Composer for Joker
Thank you so very much to BAFTA for this beautiful nomination. I’m touched by your support and your recognition for my music for JOKER. I would also like to congratulate Todd, Joaquin and all the other nominees for JOKER. Working on this film has been such an extraordinary experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Jeff Groth – Editor of Joker
“I’m honoured to be considered, and it’s incredible that such an emotional and personal film can also be so widely recognised.”

Matthew Vaughn – MARV studios and David Furnish – rocket pictures – producers of Rocketman
“Rocketman has been a labour of love for us all so it’s truly touching to receive 4 BAFTA nominations this morning and have Taron’s spectacular performance and Elton and Bernie’s original song honoured by the HFPA. The whole journey has been the most incredible experience to us as producers. Elton, Taron and Bernie – we salute you!”

For Sama
Nevine Mabro – Channel 4 News and Exec Producer of For Sama
“Waad al-Kateab is a young Syrian filmmaker who is now a refugee living and working in the UK.  I am delighted that her directorial debut For Sama has been recognised with four BAFTA nominations including Outstanding British Film. This is an incredible achievement for a young woman who just three years ago, we feared would not make it out of Aleppo alive. We have worked hard to find and develop diverse talent and these array of nominations are hugely encouraging for young women filmmakers everywhere.”

The Irishman
Thelma Schoonmaker – Editor of The Irishman
“Scorsese’s unique structural ideas and style for IRISHMAN made it a joy to edit with him.  To have those bold ideas recognised by BAFTA members is thrilling.”

Jojo Rabbit
Michael Giacchino – Composer for Jojo Rabbit
“I am honoured to have been nominated for a BAFTA for my work on Jojo Rabbit. I am insanely proud that I was able to be a part of such an important and timely film. Through the eyes of a child, Taika uniquely teaches us how ones perspective of the world can change dramatically when we simply take the time to connect with one another. Many thanks to the BAFTA for this recognition.”

Diego Maradonna
Asif Kapadia – Director of Diego Maradonna
I’m so proud that our film DIEGO MARADONA has been nominated for Best Documentary at the BATFTAs!! This was such a difficult film to make about a very complex character. The nomination really recognises the hard work of our brilliant team behind the scenes. I’m really excited!”

The 2020 EE BAFTA Film Awards take place on February 2nd

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