Surprises and snubs at the BAFTA nominations

While the Guillermo Del Toro’s sci-fi romance The Shape Of Water led the nominations with 12 nods, including best film, director and actress for Sally Hawkins, that came as no surprise.

The film had already dominated nominations at the Golden Globes, but fell short of expectations at the ceremony on Sunday, losing best picture to Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

McDonagh’s film picked up nine nominations for this year’s BAFTAs, including best film, director, outstanding British film, original screenplay and best actress for Frances McDormand.

An image from the trailer to The Shape of Water
Image:The Shape Of Water was the most nominated film with 12 nods
Surprises and snubs at the BAFTA nominations
Surprises and snubs at the BAFTA nominations

But the real surprise were the IMAX hits of the year, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, with eight nods each.

The two films exceeded in technical categories, and both got a best director nod for their respective filmmakers.

The highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel was snubbed by the Globes this year, but had a deeper impact on British jurors.

BAFTA’s biggest snub of the year was for first-time director Greta Gerwig and her movie Lady Bird.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and Lady Bird
Image:Frances MDormand and Saoirse Ronan are both in the running for leading actress

Not only did it fail to win a nod for best film, but also best director, leaving the category male-dominated.

The absence of female directors nominated for the Globes on Sunday was underlined by Natalie Portman as she announced the all male nominees for best director, to gasps from the audience.

Also snubbed by the British Academy was Steven Spielberg’s The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, which failed to receive any nominations.

In the run for best male performer is Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World following accusations of sexual misconduct.

This year’s BAFTA ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 18 February, and will be hosted by Joanna Lumley, who will replace Stephen Fry who stepped down last week.

:: Main list of nominees

Best film

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


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

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 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

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