2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ dominates with 12 nominations, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards’ at 9

The Shape of Water” earning a leading 12 nominations for the BAFTA Awards on Tuesday (Jan. 9). It contends for Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography, costume design,  film editing, production design, score, sound and special visual effects. (See the full list of BAFTA nominations.)

Following close behind are “Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Both contend for Best Picture as do “Dunkirk” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

“Darkest Hour” also received nominations for Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Scott Thomas) as well as for cinematography, costume design, makeup & hair, production design and Best British Film.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” also earned two nominations for writer/director Martin McDonagh, as well as for lead actress Frances McDormand, supporting players Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, cinematography, film editing and Best British Film.

SEE 2018 BAFTA Awards: Full list of nominations led by ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Three Billboards’

“Blade Runner 2049” reaped eight bids: director Denis Villeneuve cinematography, film editing, makeup & hair, production design, score, sound and special visual effects.

Besides Best Picture, “Dunkirk” is also up for Director (Christopher Nolan), cinematography, film editing, production design, score, sound and special visual effects.

“I, Tonya” nabbed five nominations: lead Margot Robbie and supporting actress Allison Janney as well as original screenplay, costume design, and make up & hair.

Along with its Best Picture bid, “Call Me by Your Name” is up for Best Director (Luca Guadagnino), Actor (Timothée Chalamet) and adapted screenplay.

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Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville earned bids for their lead and supporting roles in “Phantom Thread,” which is also nominated for costume design and score.

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” leads Annette Bening and Jamie Bell contend as does the adapted screenplay.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were cited for their lead and featured roles in “Lady Bird,” which is also up for Best Original Screenplay.

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Hugh Grant nabbed a nom for his scene-stealing role in “Paddington 2,” which is also up for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best British Film.

“Get Out” is recognized for its leading man Daniel Kaluuya and original screenplay.

Also receiving nominations are supporting actors Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”).

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While the BAFTA nominations were announced three days before Oscar nominations voting ends on Friday (Jan. 12), the winners will be revealed on Feb. 18 (two days before final Oscar voting begins). The 90th annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 4.

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