The 2019 Bafta Awards category shortlists have been announced by British actors Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake) and Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) live via social media. The full list can be seen here, but we are really interested in the cinematography category aren’t we?

Bafta 2019 Best Cinematography category nominations:

Bohemian Rhapsody – Newton Thomas Sigel

Cold War – Lukasz Zal

The Favourite – Robbie Ryan

First Man – Linus Sandgren

Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

These nominated films are all masterclasses in the art of cinematography in their own right, I certainly wouldn’t want to choose between them, and to be honest I probably couldn’t. Saying one is better than the other is nonsensical, but then awards per-se are a bit mad. Yet we keep on coming back for the drama of them, whilst saying they don’t really matter.

We’ll all be remarking why such-and-such film didn’t get the recognition it deserved, or wondering why that one got so many nominations – that’s all part of the fun. Okay, I’ll throw my hat in the ring, why has Mary Queen of Scots been more or less ignored in so many awards nominations? It looks absolutely gorgeous, has an incredible cast and has a brilliant director in Josie Rourke. Maybe it has suffered by being released more or less head to head with The Favourite, which has captured the collective imagination. And where is Steve McQueen’s Widows? Or Peterloo? Alright, alright, I’ll shut up now.

The winners will be revealed at the 2019 Bafta Film Awards ceremony, hosted once again by Joanna Lumley, on 10 February.