BAFTA have this week announced the nominations for the British Academy Cymru Awards, honouring excellence in broadcasting and production within film, games and television in Wales.
The announcement was made live for the third year running on Facebook by Elin Fflur.
The 28th ceremony will take place on 13 October 2019 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and will be presented by Huw Stephens for a fifth year. The ceremony will feature a special guest performance and celebrity award presenters representing the best of the UK’s creative and media industries.
This year Awards will be presented across 24 production, performance, craft and game categories as well as two special awards for outstanding contributions to the international industry by Welsh individuals.
“This has been a great year for Welsh film, television and games production. The year to 31 March 2019, our entry period, saw a fantastic array of entertainment from Welsh companies and incoming productions choosing Wales as a base,” said BAFTA Cymru Director, Hannah Raybould
“This has resulted in a growth in entries – the highest on record – across all our craft, performance and production categories. The Awards ceremony on 13 October promises to be quite a night and we invite anyone with an interest in the Welsh industry to join us, find out more about the nominees and how they can be involved.”
Welsh language music travelogue feature film Anorac leads with six nominations. The film is nominated for Feature/Television Film while Huw Stephens is nominated for Presenter, and previous winner Madoc Roberts is nominated for Editing, Gruffydd Davies is nominated for Director: Factual; Joni Cray & Gruffydd Davies for Photography: Factual and Jules Davies receives his first BAFTA nomination for Sound.
Feature film Apostle, shot on location in South Wales, has received nominations for Actor for BAFTA winner Michael Sheen and Special and Visual Effects for Bait Studio with first-time nominations for Costume Design for Jane Spicer, Make Up and Hair for Claire Williams and Production Design for Thomas Pearce.
Drama series Enid a Lucy also receives 5 nominations with Eiry Thomas receiving her 5th nomination for Actress, Angharad Owen for Editing and BAFTA winner Rhys Powys for Director: Fiction. The series is also nominated for Television Drama and actor Steffan Cennydd receives a Breakthrough nomination for his role.
The latest series of Doctor Who receives 4 nominations – in the Actress category for first-time nominee Jodie Whittaker, Production Design for Arwel Wyn Jones who receives his 7th nomination; for Special and Visual Effects and for Television Drama.
Additional nominees in the Actress category are BAFTA winner Sian Gibson for Peter Kay’s Car Share and first-time nominee Gabrielle Creevey for In My Skin.
Additional nominees in the Actor category are Anthony Hopkins for King Lear, Celyn Jones for Manhunt and Matthew Rhys for Death and Nightingales.
Additional nominees for Feature/TV Film are debut productions Last Summer and Pink Wall.
Nominees in the Writer category are Andrew Davies for Les Miserables, Fflur Dafydd for 35 Awr, Owen Sheers for NHS To Provide all People and Russell T Davies for A Very English Scandal.
Rina Yang becomes the first female DOP nominated in the Cymru Awards’ Photography and Lighting: Fiction category.
The Television Drama category this year features 4 female-led storylines – Doctor Who, Enid a Lucy, In My Skin and On the Edge: Through the Gates.
Recipients of the Siân Phillips Award, sponsored by Bad Wolf and the BAFTA Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television, sponsored by Welsh Government will be announced at a celebratory Nominees Party early in October. Both Awards will be presented on 13 October at the ceremony.
The ceremony will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube from St David’s Hall once again this year, with a special viewing event being held by New York Welsh at The Liberty in Manhattan.