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BAFTA Film Awards 2018: The Shape of Water leads nominations

The Shape of Water

Story by Jack Foley

FANTASY romance The Shape of Water leads this year’s BAFTA film award nominations, with 12 nods in total.

The Guillermo del Toro directed movie stars British actress Sally Hawkins as a janitor who forms a relationship with an amphibious creature being held in captivity.

It is up for best film, best director (for del Toro), leading actress (Hawkins) and supporting actress (Octavia Spencer).

Churchill movie Darkest Hour and Golden Globe leading light Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri both received nine nominations.

Darkest Hour is up for best film, while leading man Gary Oldman is shortlisted as lead actor for his portrayal of iconic British PM Churchill. The nomination comes just over 24 hours after he was named best actor at the Golden Globes.

In what is almost an all-British category for lead actor, Daniel Kaluuya, Jamie Bell and Daniel Day-Lewis are all shortlisted for, respectively, indie horror hit Get Out, romantic drama Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and fashion drama Phantom Thread.

Call Me By Your Name‘s Timothee Chalamet completes the nominees in that category.

For leading lady, Hawkins is up against Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, who is shortlisted for Lady Bird, as well as Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Frances McDormand for Three Billboards and Annette Bening for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and Three Billboards are nominated alongside The Shape of Water for best film.

While Three Billboards and Darkest Hour are also up for outstanding British film, along with Paddington 2, Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country and The Death of Stalin.

Family favourite Paddington 2 has three nominations in total – including adapted screenplay and a best supporting actor nod for Hugh Grant.

His competition includes Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey at the last minute in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, as well as Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, who are both nominated for Three Billboards.

The nominees for supporting actress include Allison Janney for her portrayal of ice skater Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water).

Among the films shortlisted for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer are The Ghoul, I Am Not A Witch, boxing drama Jawbone, Kingdom of Us and Lady Macbeth.

In the animated category, Disney-Pixar’s latest Coco (which took the Golden Globe) is up against My Life As A Courgette and Loving Vincent.

Critically-acclaimed sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner 2049 missed out in all of the major categories but was shortlisted several times among the technical ones, including another nod for Roger Deakins as best cinematographer.

Of the most notable omissions, Steven Spielberg’s The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, didn’t receive any nominations. Dames Judi Dench and Helen Mirren also missed out for their roles in Victoria and Abdul and The Leisure Seeker respectively – despite both receiving nods at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

This year’s BAFTA ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, February 18.

Joanna Lumley will host, replacing Stephen Fry after he announced he’d be stepping down.

View the nominations in full