British stars dominate leading actor category as Bafta nominations announced

Lawrence Kim
January 9, 2018

The Oscar-winning film director Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy "The Shape of Water" received 12 nominations on Tuesday for the EE British Academy Film Awards.

Steeped in Cold War secrecy, the tale of a cleaner at a USA government lab - and the Russians who are after her discovery - is in the running for awards including best film and special visual effects. Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman were among the nominations for Leading Actor.

Oldman, who has been critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, will take on the stars of Phantom Thread, Get Out and Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool respectively, as well as United States actor Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name.

Scorching tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Winston Churchill biopic "The Darkest Hour" gained nine nominations apiece for the prizes, considered an indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Academy Awards.

Both Three Billboards, and The Shape of Water, have awards momentum behind them, both having won in major categories at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Sally Hawkins was the only Brit to receive a nod in the leading actress category, for her turn in The Shape Of Water. Plummer took the role on four days notice after Scott chose to cut a completed performance by Kevin Spacey following allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.

The BAFTA Awards will be held on February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The ceremony will be hosted by "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley, who is taking over from longtime master of ceremonies Stephen Fry.

"Blade Runner 2049" received eight nominations, including best director for Denis Villeneuve, who is competing against Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk"), Mr. del Toro ("The Shape of Water") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards")".

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