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The Shape of Water leads nominations for BAFTA awards

January 10th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
The Shape of Water leads nominations for BAFTA awards

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy The Shape of Water is on top of the charts for next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards after securing 12 nominations on Tuesday.

World War II drama The Darkest Hour and comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri each got nine nominations. Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk bagged eight. Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water star and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards received Leading Actress nominations. Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman were among the nominations for Leading Actor.

“I am incredibly humbled by such a nomination. It is very special to be honoured by BAFTA. It feels like a gift from my homeland and I am very touched by it,” Hawkins, who is British, said in a statement.

The Shape of Water was also nominated for best film, cinematography, costume design and visual effects. Del Toro was nominated for both directing and original screenplay awards.

Christopher Plummer received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World”. Plummer accepted the role on four days notice after Scott made a decision to cut a completed performance by Kevin Spacey following allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.

The Death of Stalin, was nominated for Outstanding British Film, on a list that included Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country, and Three Billboards, which was directed by Briton Martin McDonagh.

Both Three Billboards, and The Shape of Water, have awards momentum behind them, both having won in major categories at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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