The surprising and the expected: BAFTA nominations announced

The surprising and the expected: BAFTA nominations announced

The surprising and the expected: BAFTA nominations announced

God's Own Country, for instance, was nominated within the category of Outstanding British Film.

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

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

The British Academy Film and Television Awards (or BAFTA) released its list of nominees today and Call Me By Your Name made the list.

Photo Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer in "The Shape of Water", which has been nominated in 12 Bafta categories, including best film.

"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).

"I'll see you on the night", Lumley said, wrapping up her hosting announcement. Then, Ladybird received nods for Original Screenplay and Leading Actress (Saoirse Ronan).

"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")". All except Bening had received Golden Globe nominations as well.

The film is nominated for several awards. It also picked up a slew of production nominations, including costume design, special visual effects and production design, as well as cinematography.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is a film about a mother, frustrated with a police investigation into her daughter's death, who goes to great length to push authorities to catch the killer.

BAFTA also announced "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley as the next host of the film awards ceremony.

"Over the last two decades I have especially loved watching the emergence of new young film talent behind and in front of the camera", Fry told the New York Times.

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