BAFTA Awards: Nominees, Industry React

BAFTA Awards: Nominees, Industry React

"I want to thank Bafta so much for asking me to do this, I said yes indecently quickly", Lumley said as she was officially named as host, at the announcement of award nominees.

After leading the field in Globes nominations, Del Toro's fantastical romance about a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with an aquatic humanoid creature also topped the BAFTA pack with 12 nominations, including for best film, director and screenplay along with nods for Hawkins and supporting actress Octavia Spencer.

"We're so delighted to have been recognised by BAFTA for our debut film", said William Oldroyd (Director), Alice Birch (Writer) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer).

While Lady Bird and Get Out - written and directed by Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele respectively - were both nominated for their screenplays, there was no room for either in the best director category, meaning it is another all-white, all-male line-up. Oldman won a Golden Globe award Sunday.

Stephen Fry stepped down as host this year after being in the position for 12 years.

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"We too are determined to ensure that the fearless revelations - and make no mistake, they were very courageous - become a watershed moment to become a catalyst for real lasting change across the work place in film, games and television".

The same could also be said for Mary J Blige, whose turn in Mudbound - Netflix's bright spark going into awards season - earned her a Golden Globe nod.

Actors Natalie Dormer and Letitia Wright announced nine of the 25 categories, including best film, best director, leading actor and leading actress. All except Bening had received Golden Globe nominations as well.

BAFTA also nominated First They Killed My Father for Film Not In The English Language.

British Academy Film and Television Awards released their list of nominees today. It is nominated for best film and outstanding British film, wile Frances McDormand is nominated for leading actress, and Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson are both nominated for supporting actor. Joanna Lumley takes over from veteran presenter Stephen Fry.

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