BAFTA nominations: La La Land love continues with eleven nods

With the Oscar nominations due to be unveiled two weeks today, BAFTA have announced their contenders for this year with one particular film dominating again.

Following its record-breaking haul at the Golden Globes, the romantic musical La La Land leads the way with an impressive eleven mentions which includes the crucial Best Film Prize. Once again, stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively with Damien Chazelle nodded in Best Director and Best Screenplay.

In joint second for most nominations, two Amy Adams films have nine mentions each which are the sci-fi drama Arrival and the psychological revenge thriller Nocturnal Animals. Arrival is up for key awards like Best Film and Best Director (Denis Villeneuve) with Adams competing in Best Actress. Despite missing out on a Best Film nomination, Nocturnal received key nods for director Tom Ford and actors Jake Gyllenhaal (Best Actor) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Best Supporting Actor), the latter of whom celebrated Globe success on Sunday.

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La La Land and Arrival are both shortlisted in Best Film along with indie-dramas Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight with the fifth slot taken up by Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning drama I, Daniel Blake.

The film, which depicts one man’s battle against the benefits system, was also nominated for Best British Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay while Hayley Squires received a surprise mention in Best Supporting Actress for her role as a struggling single mother. Her competition in that category includes Hollywood heavyweights Viola Davis (Fences), Nicole Kidman (Lion) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) plus fellow Brit Naomie Harris (Moonlight).

The Best British Film lineup sees Blake go up against five other productions which include Andrea Arnold’s gritty drama American Honey and the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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In the other acting categories, Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck will be looking to cement his position as the Best Actor frontrunner as he goes toe-to-toe with Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic). However there was no place for Denzel Washington (Fences) who remarkably has never been nominated for a BAFTA!

In Best Actress, Amy Adams and Emma Stone are nodded along with British star Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train), Natalie Portman (Jackie) and the legendary Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert was not in contention owing to the fact that her film Elle is not released in the UK until March.

The Best Supporting Actor lineup sees British trio Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins), Dev Patel (Lion) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson battle it out with Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and veteran Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water).

Disney trio Finding Dory, Moana and Zootopia are nominated for Best Animated Film while the race-relations documentary 13th is also acknowledged in its respective category.

However there were several key snubs made by BAFTA which included the absence of Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) in Best Director while films like Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Clint Eastwood’s Sully were completely overlooked.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on February 12th with Stephen Fry hosting again for the umpteenth time!

The full list of nominations are below (with my winner predictions in blue):

BEST FILM
ARRIVAL
I, DANIEL BLAKE
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
MOONLIGHT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMERICAN HONEY
DENIAL
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
I, DANIEL BLAKE
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
UNDER THE SHADOW

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND
Tom Ford, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Ken Loach, I, DANIEL BLAKE
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Denis Villeneuve, ARRIVAL

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BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Andrew Garfield, HACKSAW RIDGE
Ryan Gosling, LA LA LAND
Jake Gyllenhaal, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Viggo Mortensen, CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams, ARRIVAL
Emily Blunt, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Natalie Portman, JACKIE
Emma Stone, LA LA LAND
Meryl Streep, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, MOONLIGHT
Jeff Bridges, HELL OR HIGH WATER
Hugh Grant, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Dev Patel, LION
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, FENCES
Naomie Harris, MOONLIGHT
Nicole Kidman, LION
Hayley Squires, I, DANIEL BLAKE
Michelle Williams, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Taylor Sheridan
I, DANIEL BLAKE, Paul Laverty
LA LA LAND, Damien Chazelle
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT, Barry Jenkins

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARRIVAL, Eric Heisserer
HACKSAW RIDGE, Robert Schenkkan & Andrew Knight
HIDDEN FIGURES, Theodore Melfi & Allison Schroeder
LION, Luke Davies
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Tom Ford

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
DOCTOR STRANGE, John Bush & Charles Wood
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Stuart Craig & Anna Pinnock
HAIL, CAESAR!, Jess Gonchor & Nancy Haigh
LA LA LAND, David Wasco & Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Shane Valentino & Meg Everist

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
ARRIVAL, Bradley Young
HELL OR HIGH WATER, Giles Nuttgens
LA LA LAND, Linus Sandgren
LION, Grieg Fraser
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Seamus McGarvey

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
ALLIED, Joanna Johnston
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Colleen Atwood
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, Consolata Boyle
JACKIE, Madeline Fontaine
LA LA LAND, Mary Zorphres

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
DOCTOR STRANGE, Jeremy Woodhead
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, J. Roy Hellend & Daniel Phillips
HACKSAW RIDGE, Shane Thomas
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Donald Mowat & Yolanda Toussieng
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Nominees TBC

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BEST EDITING
ARRIVAL, Joe Walker
HACKSAW RIDGE, John Gilbert
LA LA LAND, Tom Cross
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Jennifer Lame
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Joan Sobel

BEST SOUND
ARRIVAL, Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl & Sylvain Bellemare
DEEPWATER HORIZON, Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman & David Wyman
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson & Ian Tapp
HACKSAW RIDGE, Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell & Andy Wright
LA LA LAND, Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow & Andy Nelson

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
ARRIVAL, Louis Morin
DOCTOR STRANGE, Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould & Jonathan Fawkner
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, Tim Burke, Christian Manz, David Watkins & Pablo Grillo
THE JUNGLE BOOK, Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez & Dan Lemmon
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel & Neil Corbould

BEST FILM MUSIC
ARRIVAL, Johann Johansson
JACKIE, Mica Levi
LA LA LAND, Justin Hurwitz
LION, Hauschka & Dustin O’Halloran
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Abel Korzeniowski

BEST ANIMATED FILM
FINDING DORY
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
MOANA
ZOOTOPIA

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
DHEEPAN (France)
JULIETA (Spain)
MUSTANG (Turkey)
SON OF SAUL (Hungary)
TONI ERDMANN (Germany)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
13TH
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
WEINER

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, Mike Carey (Writer) & Camille Gatin (Producer)
THE HARD STOP, George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer) & Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer)
NOTES ON BLINDNESS, Peter Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director) & Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer)
THE PASS, John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director)
UNDER THE SHADOW, Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill & Lucan Toh (Producers)

RISING STAR AWARD
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Tom Holland
Ruth Negga
Anya Taylor-Joy

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