Oscar frontrunner “La La Land” continues to dominate the precursors prizes, earning a leading 11 nominations for the BAFTA Awards on Tuesday (Jan. 10). It contends for Best Picture, Best Director (Damien Chazelle), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, score and sound. (Note: the BAFTAS doesn’t have a category for song, an Oscar race in which “La La Land” is far ahead.)
Following close behind are “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals” with nine bids apiece. While “Arrival” joins “La La Land” in the Best Picture race, “Nocturnal Animals” was snubbed in that top category.
“Arrival” also received nominations for Best Director (Denis Villeneuve), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Adapted Screenplay as well as for cinematography, film editing, score, sound and visual effects.
“Nocturnal Animals” also earned bids for Best Director (Tom Ford), as well as in both actor categories for lead Jake Gyllehnhaal and supporting player Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as for cinematography, film editing, makeup & hair, production design and score.
Rounding out the Best Picture race are two strong Oscar contenders — “Manchester by the Sea”and “Moonlight,” which compete in six and four races respectively — as well as the British critical darling “I, Daniel Blake.” The latter netted five nominations in all, including a bid for Best British Film.
So strong was the support for the home-grown “I, Daniel Blake” that its veteran helmer, Ken Loach, bumped “Moonlight”‘s Barry Jenkins out of Best Director. Jenkins did earn a nomination for his original screenplay as did supporting actor Oscar frontrunner Mahershala Ali, who was upset at the Globes by Taylor-Johnson, and supporting actress Naomie Harris.
Two other films that tell the stories of African-Americans — “Fences” and “ ” — were limited to just one nomination apiece: Oscar favorite Viola Davis contends in supporting actress for her stand-out performance in “Fences” while “Hidden Figures” helmer Theodore Melfi reaped a bid with Allison Schroeder in adapted screenplay.
“Manchester by the Sea”‘s Kenneth Lonergan earned nominations for both his original screenplay and direction, as did Casey Affleck, who is far ahead in the Best Actor Oscar race, supporting actress Michelle Williams and the film editor. Affleck’s main Oscar challenger, Denzel Washington (“Fences”) was snubbed by the Brits.
Among those contending for Best Actor against Affleck is Englishman Andrew Garfield, whose film “Hacksaw Ridge” earned five nominations in all, with additional bids for adapted screenplay, film editing, makeup & hairstyling, and sound.
Also in with five nominations is “Lion” for featured players Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman as well as adapted screenplay (Luke Davies), cinematography and score.
While Stone faces off her against one of her main Oscar rivals for Best Actress — Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) — another, Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) was ineligible. Filling out that BAFTA category are Stone’s SAG Awards co-nominees Amy Adams (“Arrival”), Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”).
Last year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film “Son of Saul” vies for that award here against one of its rivals from last year, “Mustang,” as well as this year’s Oscar frontrunner “Toni Erdmann.” “Dheepan” and “Julieta” round out the field.
Animated Feature Oscar frontrunner “Zootopia” faces off against its three likeliest Oscar rivals — “Finding Dory,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and “Moana.”
While the BAFTA nominations were announced four days before Oscar nominations voting ends on Friday (Jan. 13), the winners will be revealed on Feb. 12 (the day before final Oscar voting begins).
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