What the BAFTAs mean for the lawless Best Actress Oscar race

What the BAFTAs mean for the lawless Best Actress Oscar race
Another week, another awards show to muddle up the Best Actress Oscar race even more. Frances McDormand won the BAFTA for Best Actress on Sunday for “Nomadland” — one of two trophies she snagged — and now all of our televised precursor chess pieces are in place, with each one going to a different person. To answer Maximus Decimus Meridius, we are definitely entertained.

McDormand’s win was predicted, especially with three of her Oscar rivals — Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom“), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) — Mia at BAFTA thanks to the new jury system. But perhaps what was more telling about this unruly race is what happened in some other categories. There is still no frontrunner, but who isn’t going full Charlie Day here at this point? So how, if at all, does BAFTA shake up the race?

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