Today, BAFTA revealed that the highest-grossing film of 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home, has not qualified for eligibility in their annual awards ceremony, even if Sony has been campaigning the film as a last-minute Awards contender over the past few weeks.
BAFTA explained that No Way Home did not qualify, because it was not made available in time through their online streaming platform, BAFTA View, which gives voting members access to digital screeners in order to view and vote for eligible films. No Way Home was supposed to be available as of December 30th on the BAFTA View platform, which was four days before the January 3rd round one voting deadline.
The movie was never released on the streaming platform because Sony feared potential piracy issues before the movie would be released in all territories (it’s worth noting that No Way Home was pulled from Canadian and some European theatres after they recently closed due to the Omicron surge). Because of this, voting members will not be able to see No Way Home and, therefore, not vote for it for round one of the ceremony’s voting process.
You can see Spider-Man: No Way Home in theatres (where open) and be on the lookout for the BAFTA film longlists, which will be announced on January 12th.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter