Asif Kapadia’s Senna (pictured), James Marsh’s Project Nim and Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World have been selected as the three documentary prize nominees for the 2012 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards.
Notably, Senna also lands a nomination in the Outstanding British Film category – the first time a documentary has been nominated in the category since Marsh’s Man On Wire, which won the prize in 2009. Prior to that, Kevin Macdonald’s Touching The Void also picked up the award, in 2004.
In addition, the F1 documentary’s editors, Chris King and Gregers Sall, are nominated in the editing category; while Wim Wender’s documentary/dance hybrid Pina has been nominated in the foreign language category.
In the Outstanding British Film category, Senna goes up against narrative features My Week with Marilyn, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need to Talk about Kevin.
Senna director Kapadia has past form at the BAFTAs – in 2003 his narrative feature The Warrior won the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film. Meanwhile, Material World director Scorsese is already set to receive one award at this year’s event, with BAFTA having announced plans to honor him with a Fellowship – its highest accolade – earlier this month.
This year marks a return for the BAFTAs – the UK’s answer to the Oscars – to the non-fiction realm, with the reintroduction of a documentary category. A theatrical documentary award was presented by BAFTA between 1948 and 1990, but dropped thereafter, with docs recognized in the major film categories only.
Senna, Nim and Material World were culled from a five-strong doc longlist that also included Pina and Macdonald’s Life in a Day. The 2012 BAFTA Film Awards’ winners will be announced on February 12 at the Royal Opera House in London, England.