Outlander wasn’t snubbed with the 2020 BAFTA Awards nominations
When Outlander or the actors aren’t nominated for awards, it’s easy to have the opinion that the show was snubbed. This is a view with the 2020 BAFTA Awards nominations. However, the show wasn’t snubbed. It just wasn’t eligible.
There are certain criteria that a show must meet to be even considered for a nomination. Outlander didn’t meet the criteria for the 2020 awards. There is still a chance for the 2021 nominations, but we’ll need to wait for next year for that.
Here’s a look at how the show wasn’t snubbed but just wasn’t eligible.
The show was nominated in the 2019 awards
Episodes for the 2020 awards had to air in 2019. While Outlander Season 4 did have some episodes air in 2019, it also had episodes air in 2018.
Part of the rules is that when a show airs episodes across two years, the show can only be eligible for one year of the awards. That means STARZ had to choose between the 2019 awards and the 2020 awards. It chose the 2019 awards, in which Caitriona Balfe was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.
With that decision, the show became ineligible for the 2020 awards.
Even though the show and other actors weren’t nominated in 2019, they remained ineligible for 2020. That’s because the show had already been put forward for the categories in 2019.
Another season didn’t start airing in 2019. It was only in 2020 that Outlander Season 5 premiered.
The first transmission for the 2020 awards had to take place in the UK between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019. Since Outlander Season 5 didn’t air until 2020, it automatically becomes ineligible for the 2020 awards. It will be eligible for the 2021 awards.
You can see the full eligibility criteria for the 2020 BAFTA nominations at the official website. If the series doesn’t get any nominations in the 2021 nominations, then we can talk about it being snubbed. As of this year, that’s not the case.