71st BAFTA Award Nominations

Well, one thing’s for sure, the Brits love fellow Brits (and Irish). The 71st BAFTA nominations rolled in last night at 2:30 am EST (ugh), and while The Shape of Water came away with 12 nominations, Darkest Hour (about a Brit) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (written by an Irish-Brit) were the real winners, earning nine nominations each and cementing themselves as major threats in the remainder of the awards race. With the love of the Brits and the Globes under its belt, you can probably make the assumption that Three Billboards will be the frontrunner for this Oscar season.

You can also tell the way the British feel about other Europeans (love ‘em) and Americans (ehh) based on the films they nominated elsewhere. Major American films Get Out and Lady Bird certainly earned nominations – Get Out earned nominations for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Original Screenplay, while Lady Bird earned nominations for Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Best Original Screenplay – but neither earned nominations for Best Picture, and neither earned more than two or three nominations. This is a shocking stat. Meanwhile, struggling films Call Me By Your Name and Blade Runner 2049 earned a handful of nods, with Name scoring in Film and Director, while 2049 earned a surprise Director nod on top of its near-sweep of technical nominations. Other British films to have success include Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (which earned a writing nod and two acting nods, including Annette Bening and Jamie Bell), Dunkirk (the other Best Picture nomination), and, perhaps most humorously of all, Paddington 2, which received nominations for Best British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and one of the coveted Best Supporting Actor nominations for Hugh Grant. Oh, BAFTAs, you’re so charming. Outside of these shocks and snubs, the only things worth noting are the delayed documentaries and foreign language films are finally making an appearance in England, meaning many frontrunners (Faces Places, The Square, etc.) fall away to make room for The Salesman, The Handmaiden (YESSSSSS!!!!!), I Am Not Your Negro, Elle, and My Life as a Courgette.

These nominations don’t eliminate anything from competition, but they do tell us a lot about the weeks to come. We know Three Billboards is a force to be reckoned with. We know that Dunkirk and The Shape of Water are definitely not out of things. We know that Baby Driver is a real contender for sound and editing nominations, and perhaps even wins (to which I say “Thank Christ”), and we know that nothing and no one are safe. You can see the full list of nominations below, you can actually vote for the Rising Star Award (Breakthrough Actor/Actress) right here, and you can watch the BAFTAS live on February 18th, as hosted by Joanna Lumley. Cheerio, good chaps! 

Best Film

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best British Film

  • Darkest Hour
  • The Death of Stalin
  • God’s Own Country
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Paddington 2
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jamie Bell-Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Timothée Chalamet-Call Me By Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis-Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya-Get Out
  • Gary Oldman-Darkest Hour

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening-Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Sally Hawkins-The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie-I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan-Lady Bird

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe-The Florida Project
  • Hugh Grant-Paddington 2
  • Woody Harrelson-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Plummer-All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Allison Janney-I, Tonya
  • Lesley Manville-Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf-Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer-The Shape of Water
  • Kristin Scott Thomas-Darkest Hour

Best Director

  • Guillermo del Toro-The Shape of Water
  • Luca Guadagnino-Call Me By Your Name
  • Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk
  • Martin McDonagh-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Denis Villeneuve-Blade Runner 2049

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 Cinematography

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Best Documentary

  • City of Ghosts
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Icarus
  • An Inconvenient Sequel
  • Jane

Best Original Music

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water

Best Sound

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Production Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • War for the Planet of the Apes 

Best Costume Design

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Darkest Hour
  • I, Tonya
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Shape of Water

Best Makeup and Hair

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Darkest Hour
  • I, Tonya
  • Victoria and Abdul
  • Wonder

Best Editing

  • Baby Driver
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

Best Film Not in the English Language

  • Elle
  • First They Killed My Father
  • The Handmaiden
  • Loveless
  • The Salesman

Best Animated Film

  • Coco
  • Loving Vincent
  • My Life As A Courgette

Best Short Animated Film

  • Have Heart
  • Mamoon
  • Poles Apart

British Short Film

  • Aamir
  • Cowboy Dave
  • A Drowning Man
  • Work
  • Wren Boys

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director, or Producer

  • The Ghoul
  • I Am Not A Witch
  • Jawbone
  • Kingdom Of Us
  • Lady Macbeth

EE Rising Star Award

  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Josh O’Conner
  • Florence Pugh
  • Tessa Thompson

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