The Shape of Water leads BAFTA nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s latest movie ‘The Shape of Water’ lands 12 BAFTA 2018 nominations closely followed by ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ which both have nine each.

‘The Shape of Water’ leads the BAFTA 2018 nominations.

The latest movie by Guillermo del Toro came away with nods in 12 categories for this year’s ceremony – which are set to be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who takes over from Stephen Fry – including Director, Leading Actress and Original Screenplay.

The film follows a mute girl named Elisa – played by Sally Hawkins – who discovers an amphibious creature known as ‘The Asset’ at the laboratory where she works whom she eventually falls in love with.

Del Toro won a Golden Globe on Sunday (07.01.18) for Best Director of a Motion Picture for his unusual creature feature and is up against ‘Blade Runner 2049’ helmer Denis Villeneuve, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino, ‘Dunkirk’ filmmaker Christopher Nolan and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ mastermind Martin McDonagh.

‘Call Me by Your Name’, ‘The Darkest Hour’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, are also all nominated alongside ‘The Shape of Water’ for Best Film.

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ are also nominated for British film, alongside ‘Paddington 2’, ‘Lady Macbeth’, ‘God’s Own Country’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’.

Both ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and ‘The Darkest Hour’ came away with nine nominations each, including Best Film, and Cinematography.

Gary Oldman’s performance as British World War II Prime Minister Winston Churchill earned him a nomination for the Leading Actor prize – a portrayal which has already earned him the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama gong at the Golden Globes.

In the Leading Actor category Oldman is up against fellow Brits Daniel Day Lewis, for his appearance in his final film ‘Phantom Thread’, ‘Get Out’ star Daniel Kaluuya and Jamie Bell for his work in ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ and American newcomer Timothee Chalamet for his powerful performance in same sex romance ‘Call Me By Your Name’.

The Leading Actress list includes Hollywood legend Annette Bening for ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’, Frances McDormand for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, Margot Robbie for ‘I, Tonya’, Sally Hawkins for ‘The Shape of Water’ and Saoirse Ronan for ‘Lady Bird’.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 18 at The Royal Albert Hall in London.

EE British Academy Film Awards nominations:

Leading Actor:

Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Hugh Grant, Paddington 2

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