Hayley Atwell says “deserving” Peaky Blinders star blew BAFTA judges away
Atwell and Toheeb Jimoh spoke with RadioTimes.com after announcing this year's BAFTA Film Awards nominations.
It was announced on Tuesday (17th January 2023) that he was in the running for this year's Rising Star Award, alongside Emma Mackey, Aimee Lou Wood, Naomi Ackie and Sheila Atim.
However, today it was revealed that he is also nominated in the Leading Actor category, for his role opposite Dame Emma Thompson in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.
Atwell, who was also on the judging panel to determine the Rising Star nominees, said of McCormack's double nomination: "I remember when his name came up. I know Emma, I’ve worked with her, and it was amazing that in that process it was a very short shoot.
"Daryl came in quite late to the process of it and so didn't have much time to prepare and there he is opposite Dame Emma. And knowing the context of that and how he so beautifully, graciously held his own with such dignity in that role, and presence - I was really moved by it and really blown away. So he's so deserving to be up there twice."
Meanwhile, RadioTimes.com also asked Atwell about the eclectic list of nominees this year, to which she said: "Eclectic’s a great word.
"I've said it so many times today, it feels very true that this year it’s a representation of the variety that audiences want, and that they want the big spectacles - the joyous outbursts of things like Everything Everywhere All at Once, a bit to the left, maybe some more on the side, whatever that incredible, ambitious piece is.
"And equally, they're interested in intimate dramas, whether that be Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, or Tár, perhaps more the character studies. Cinema is thriving."
Jimoh agreed with Atwell, adding: "It's booming. We’re back."
This year's BAFTA Film Awards nominations are led by All Quiet on the Western Front, which has been chosen in a staggering 14 categories, while The Banshees of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All at Once both come in second with 10 nominations each.