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71st British academy awards to be held tonight

  • Published at 05:55 pm February 18th, 2018
71st British academy awards to be held tonight
Guillermo del Toro's fantasy film "The Shape of Water" leads the nominations at Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), where Hollywood stars will again turn the red carpet black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. The Cold War-era movie has 12 nominations, while crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Darkest Hour", about British wartime leader Winston Churchill, each have nine. All three are up for the best film award, along with another World War II drama, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk", and Luca Guadagnino's coming-of-age romance "Call Me By Your Name". Del Toro, Guadagnino, Nolan and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards") are up for best director alongside Denis Villeneuve for "Blade Runner 2049" -- an all-male lineup that has drawn criticism, particularly this year. With Hollywood still reeling from the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actresses look set to wear all-black outfits at London's Royal Albert Hall, just as they did at last month's Golden Globes. BAFTA nominees Margot Robbie and Allison Janney are among those who say they will repeat the gesture, which was a powerful statement by the A-list against a culture of sexual harassment and abuse. Signatories, including Kate Winslet, Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan, expressed solidarity with the Time's Up movement in the United States and called for donations to a new "justice and equality fund" for victims. The letter to The Observer newspaper is addressed to "dear sisters", as was a similar statement by US actresses last month, and calls for an international movement to stamp out a culture of abuse exposed by the Weinstein scandal. BAFTA 2018 will take place at the Albert Hall at 9pm (London time) on Sunday, which is 3am Monday in Bangladesh. Timed to fall between the Globes and the Oscars, the BAFTAs' choices often mirror those of its American heavyweights. "The Shape of Water", a story of love between a mute cleaning woman and a mystery merman-like creature, is leading the pack just as it has been across the Atlantic. Aside from the best film and best director nods, Del Toro is up for original screenplay, Sally Hawkins is nominated as leading actress and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress. The British-produced "Three Billboards" has nominations for best film, director and original screenplay for McDonagh, while Frances McDormand is up for leading actress, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson for best supporting actors. Gary Oldman's turn as Churchill in "Darkest Hour" won him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod, and has also put him in line for a BAFTA. In the leading actor category, he is up against Timothee Chalamet ("Call Me by Your Name"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Phantom Thread"), Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and Jamie Bell ("Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool"). "Darkest Hour" has also been nominated in the best film and outstanding British film categories, while Kristin Scott Thomas is up for supporting actress for her role as Churchill's wife Clementine. Robbie is nominated for leading actress for "I, Tonya", alongside McDormand, Hawkins, Annette Bening ("Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool") and Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird").

Full list of nominees:

Best film Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Outstanding British film Darkest Hour The Death of Stalin God’s Own Country Lady Macbeth Paddington 2 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer The Ghoul – Gareth Tunley (writer/director/producer), Jack Healy Guttman & Tom Meeten (producers) I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni (writer/director), Emily Morgan (Producer) Jawbone – Johnny Harris (writer/producer), Thomas Napper (director) Kingdom of Us – Lucy Cohen (director) Lady Macbeth – Alice Birch (writer), William Oldroyd (director), Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (producer) Best film not in the English language Elle First They Killed My Father The Handmaiden Loveless The Salesman Best documentary City of Ghosts I Am Not Your Negro Icarus An Inconvenient Sequel Jane Best animated film Coco Loving Vincent My Life as a Courgette Best director Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best original screenplay Get Out I, Tonya Lady Bird The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best adapted screenplay Call Me by Your Name The Death of Stalin Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Molly’s Game Paddington 2 Best actress Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Best actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Best supporting actress Allison Janney, I, Tonya Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water Best supporting actor Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World Hugh Grant, Paddington 2 Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best original music Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Best cinematography Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best editing Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best production design Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water Best costume design Beauty and the Beast Darkest Hour I, Tonya Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Best make up and hair Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour I, Tonya Victoria & Abdul Wonder Best sound Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Best special visual effects Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi War for the Planet of the Apes Best British short animation Have Heart Mamoon Poles Apart Best British short film Aamir Cowboy Dave A Drowning Man Work Wren Boys EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public) Daniel Kaluuya Florence Pugh Josh O’Connor Tessa Thompson Timothée Chalamet BAFTA fellowship Ridley Scott