The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards


The BAFTA nominations have been announced, with a few notable omissions.

"I always thought of looking at the Bafta films with just Stephen Fry there forever more, so who thought I'd turn into Stephen Fry?"

"We're so delighted to have been recognised by BAFTA for our debut film", said William Oldroyd (Director), Alice Birch (Writer) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer).

Stephen Fry stepped down as host this year after being in the position for 12 years. Darkest Hour also received nominations for best film and for Kristin Scott Thomas in the supporting-actress category. There was no room for these behemoths at the Baftas, despite its eligibility for selection and seven nods at the Golden Globes.

"The Shape of Water" is a fantastical feature about a 1960s research facility in which a janitor forms a relationship with an amphibious creature being held captive.

"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")". It also picked up a slew of production nominations, including costume design, special visual effects and production design, as well as cinematography.

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Among the film's other nominations are Sally Hawkins for leading actress and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress.

"Darkest Hour" is set in the early days of World War II, when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had to make a decision on whether to negotiate with Hitler.

British Academy Film and Television Awards released their list of nominees today. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both received nominations for supporting actor. "The Post" failed to get a nod and Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren also missed out despite both actresses being in the running at Sunday's (January 7) Golden Globes.

Joanna Lumley has been announced as the new BAFTA host.

The awards take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on 18 February.