Despite No Wins, Henry Cavill Once Opened on BAFTA Being His Oscars for This Simple Reason

Published 02/13/2024, 8:49 AM EST

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Making his mainstream acting debut in 2001’s Laguna, Henry Cavill has come across as one of the finest actors from the UK. Synonymous with Superman in pop culture, the British actor has showcased his rugged physique as well as unabated acting prowess in countless productions so far. Additionally, with the honor of being one of the most bankable Netflix stars, his influence over a wide age group of audiences remains unchallenged. Bearing such a studded review, however, has not landed him any wins either from the Academy or back home, at BAFTA.

Despite a key distinction between the two coveted awards, the actor once laid bare his equivalent respect for both, including why the British one held a special place in him.

Henry Cavill would love a BAFTA even more than an Oscar

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Every year, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts holds its English equivalent of the Oscars. Either of the two awards also fulfill the same purpose: to recognize the laurels in acting and filmmaking. However, the latter goes the extra mile to shine the spotlight on British works of art and artists with separate categories. Highlighting that very aspect, Henry Cavill, while speaking to BAFTA in February 2015, stated that winning one “would mean so much more to me than something like an Oscar”.

Soon clarifying that while winning an Oscar would be “incredible”, he opened up that “BAFTA is being recognized by my countrymen and women, so I would love that”. The British Academy’s awards felt to him like “home soil”, and thus, the personal connection. Hailing from Jersey in the UK, Cavill’s early days had him act as extras in movies shot in the UK, with one notable incident involving Russel Crowe.

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In terms of wins, Henry Cavill has yet to win either an Oscar or a BAFTA and his latest flick might just have pushed that dream further away.

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Henry Cavill last evoked audience euphoria when he appeared for an extremely brief post-credits cameo in 2021’s Black Adam. Thereafter, post a Superman as well as The Witcher exit, the 40-year-old sealed his role as the titular agent for Matthew Vaughn’s spy flick, Argylle. Furthermore, after initial positive reviews with even mentions of it being an Oscar contender, the movie struggled at the box office.

As of February 11, more than 10 days after its first global release, Argylle has grossed only $59.7 million throughout the globe. Inconsistent VFX, lackluster CGI, predictable twists, and unsatisfying flow in the story came out as strong reasons. After a lowly debut, the film climbed slightly and now sits at a 32% critics rating against a 72% audience approval.

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What are your thoughts on Henry Cavill comparing a BAFTA to an Oscar? Let us know in the comments below.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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