Killing Eve: BBC America drama dominates the BAFTA TV nominations


Killing Eve strikes again with the BAFTA nominations.

Throughout this past year, Killing Eve has been dominating every award show conversation after the strength of its first season. After earning recognition at the Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG’s, and more, it seems like the BAFTA’s will be their next big win. The series scored a total of fourteen nominations for both the TV awards and the TV Craft awards.

Unsurprisingly, both Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh earned nominations for Best Leading Actress this year. Oh has been a major force this awards season but Comer has often been forgotten amidst a lot of the discussion. Her turn as Villanelle is one of the most entertaining aspects of Killing Eve. The show needs both of these incredible leads to work, and it’s nice to see them both get nominated this time around.

In a pleasant surprise though, Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia were also recognized for their supporting roles on the series. Shaw is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Carolyn Martens, one of the more mysterious characters on the show. Bodnia, who plays Villanelle’s handler Konstantin and Carolyn’s kind-of friend, is up for Best Supporting Actor.

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The other two BAFTA categories Killing Eve will be competing in for the TV Awards are the Must See Moment and Best Drama Series. It has a strong chance at winning both, especially because the show was largely regarded as the best overall series from last year.

As for the TV Craft awards, the show picked up a myriad of nominations for its impressive costume design, music, editing, directing, and more. However, the most notable is a nod to the show’s creator and writer, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who really brought Killing Eve to life. While Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer are truly the faces of the show, it’s really a group effort between these three women.

However, according to Deadline, there’s a bit of a controversy regarding all of the nominations with the series. In order to be eligible for the BAFTAs, shows must have their worldwide premiere in the UK and let creative control “reside within the UK”. Since Killing Eve has always been a BBC America broadcast, there are people claiming the rules have been bent since its UK premiere was through a different broadcaster.

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Nevertheless, it’s hard to argue the series doesn’t deserve the praise it’s been receiving even if it does seem like the nomination rules were tweaked slightly to let it slip in this year. A BAFTA spokesperson gave their official comment to Deadline as well explaining the reason why the series was considered eligible.

"“BAFTA’s TV Committee has deemed Killing Eve eligible owing to the significant creative contribution from key talent residing in the UK both in front of, and behind, the camera. Development and post-production also took place in the UK.”"

Are you upset about the rule-bending? Do you think Killing Eve deserves all of its nominations? Be sure to tell us in the comment section below!

Source: Deadline