Spider-Man: No Way Home has announced that it will not be able to register for the UK’s top film awards, BAFTA, this year. The only reason that the pandemic era film that was a big success could not enter BAFTA was because it missed the upload deadline on the BAFTA streaming site. The Hollywood Reporter (THR) reported on Monday (10/1) United States time, BAFTA revealed that the film starring Tom Holland did not meet the criteria for this year’s award event.
According to THR, the scoring system for the BAFTA jury is now using BAFTA Views, the new online streaming portal from the British Academy as the organizer of the event. BAFTA Views is said to be launching in the 2020/2021 season and makes all films accessible to all members of the jury and voters.
Spider-Man: No Way Home was originally slated to hit the site on December 30 and had four days of judging by the jury before the first-round judging deadline fell on January 3, though that deadline was later pushed back due to technical issues.
However, the Marvel film was not available on the specified date. BAFTA said at the time that Sony said “there is potential for piracy as the film has not yet been released in a number of regions”.
Until then, only the trailer for Spider-Man No Way Home was available on the site for the BAFTA jury’s assessment.
On January 10, BAFTA Views stated “as outlined in our rulebook, all films must be available to voting members on BAFTA View before the close of the first round of voting,” “This is to ensure fairness and equity for all titles, and the film [Spider-Man No Way Home] is not provided by distributors,” he continued.
According to THR, now Spider-Man No Way Home is the first film to be denied entry to BAFTA for violating these rules.
The long list of films that can compete in this year’s BAFTA will be announced on Wednesday (12/1).
Spider-Man: No Way Home tells the story of the dilemma that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feels after he is slandered and his identity exposed by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) before dying in a fight in London.
Until then, Peter Parker had an idea. He went to Doctor Strange who had both fought against Thanos. To Strange, Peter asks for help to make everyone forget that he is Spider-Man.
When Strange begins to cast a spell, Peter seems to be confused by the decision until he upsets the Master of the Mystic Arts and makes a mistake.
The error caused the cross-universe boundaries to open and draw parties from other universes into the universe Peter and Strange currently inhabit.
Meanwhile, recently Spider-Man: No Way Home was named the eighth highest-grossing film in global box office history. This film managed to beat two Marvel Studios films namely, The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Variety noted on Sunday (9/1), the film Spider-Man: No Way Home has grossed US$1.53 billion worldwide. That number is higher than the two Marvel Studios films which are also included in the top nine highest-grossing films of all time.