BAFTA has announced the nominations in the final two categories of this year’s British Academy Games Awards: Performer in a Leading Role and Performer in a Supporting Role.
The nominees are:
PERFORMER IN A LEADING ROLE
OZIOMA AKAGHA as Julianna Blake in DEATHLOOP
JASON E KELLEY as Colt Vahn “the Captain” in DEATHLOOP
JENNIFER HALE as Rivet in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
JON MCLAREN as Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
ERIKA MORI as Alex Chen in Life is Strange: True Colors
JANE PERRY as Selene Vassos in Returnal
PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
LAURA BAILEY as Polina Petrova in Call of Duty: Vanguard
KIMBERLY BROOKS as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2
JASON CAVALIER as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
MAGGIE ROBERTSON as Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village
HAN SOTO as Gabe Chen in Life is Strange: True Colors
ALEX WEINER as Rocket in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Recognising and celebrating a wide range of creative talent is at the heart of BAFTA’s mission, and all but one performer receive their first BAFTA nominations today (Laura Bailey receives her fourth).
A total of 39 games have been nominated. Updated highlights from the full list of nominations, including last week’s announcement, include:
- Nine nominations for Returnal
- Eight nominations each for It Takes Two and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Seven nominations each for DEATHLOOP and Psychonauts 2
- Six nominations for Forza Horizon 5
- Five nominations for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Nominations in the Game Beyond Entertainment category: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Before Your Eyes, Chicory: A Colourful Tale, Game Builder Garage, It Takes Two and Psychonauts 2
- Other games receiving nominations: Among Us, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Apex Legends, Back 4 Blood, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Death’s Door, Disco Elysium – The Final Cut, Eastward, Far Cry 6, Fights in Tight Spaces, Fortnite, Genesis Noir, Halo Infinite, Hell Let Loose, Hitman 3, Inscryption, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Life is Strange: True Colors, Maquette, Mario Party Superstars, No Man’s Sky, Overboard, Resident Evil Village, Sable, The Artful Escape, The Forgotten Citt, TOEM and Unpacking.
The Awards take place on Thursday 7 April at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London, with presenter and journalist Elle Osili-Wood returning as host. The Awards will be live streamed on BAFTA’s social channels: www.bafta.org/games/howtowatch. The ceremony will see winners in 18 categories announced, recognising a range of crafts, performances and games.
All awards are voted for by BAFTA’s membership of games industry professionals with the exception of the EE Game of the Year award, which is voted for by the public and whose shortlist is Chicory: A Colorful Tale, DEATHLOOP, The Forgotten City, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread and Unpacking. Vote now at https://ee.co.uk/why-ee/baftagames
The Awards are supported by BAFTA’s official games partners Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, Tencent and Ubisoft with EE sponsoring the Game of the Year Award, the only award voted for by the public.
The Awards, including the nominations, are voted for by BAFTA’s global membership, comprising experienced games industry practitioners from a range of backgrounds in game development and production. We particularly welcome applications from women, people from underrepresented ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those who are based outside London, UK. To become a BAFTA member, visit membership.bafta.org.
In the coming weeks, The Sessions, BAFTA’s annual event-series will be offering an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at some of the most talked about games of the year. Celebrating the outstanding nominees for this year’s awards, we will be giving an insight into the skills, craft and secrets behind some of the best games the industry has to offer. More to be announced soon.
Throughout the year, BAFTA organises events and initiatives around the world to promote the art and craft of games, while helping practitioners grow their network and industry profile; develop cross-sector skills; and establish sustainable careers. The programme includes developer talks, showcases and networking opportunities, both in person and virtually. BAFTA supports the next generation of talent with initiatives such as BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD), which gives young people and educators insights into the industry and access to the brightest creative minds in games. Our new tier of BAFTA membership for emerging talent, BAFTA Connect, is part of BAFTA's ongoing commitment to supporting future creative leaders in the games industry as an accessible, inclusive community that allows participants to achieve their full potential.
The BAFTA Games Awards is part of the London Games Festival, which runs from 1 April to 10 April online and at in-person venues. Other festival highlights include the return of Ensemble, an exhibition celebrating UK games professionals from Black, Asian and underrepresented ethnicities, and the Games Finance Market. LGF is backed by the Mayor of London and delivered by Games London – an initiative from the city’s screen industries agency Film London and video game trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment) – which has generated nearly £100m for games businesses since 2015.
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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).