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La La Land leads the way at BAFTAs

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La La Land is quick-stepping into the awards season, gaining 11 nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

The fast-paced, sweet-tempered musical is not just winning hearts at home, but seems to have taken the UK by storm, dominating the British equivalent of the Oscars.

Damien Chazelle’s homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood is up for best film, as well as the main technical categories, including original music, cinematography, editing, production design, costume design and sound.

The film’s leading actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who play a couple of star-crossed lovers trying to make it in the “city of stars”, are also up for best leading actor and actress.

::Keep up with the BAFTAs on the Sky News live blog

Following the success of La La Land are Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama Arrival and Tom Ford’s dark thriller Nocturnal Animals – earning nine nominations each.

Adams plays a leading linguist who is drafted in by the FBI Image Caption: Adams is up for leading actress for her role as a linguist trying to communicate with aliens

Arrival receives nominations for best film, adapted screenplay, original music, cinematography, editing, sound and special visual effects, as well as director for Denis Villeneuve and leading actress for Amy Adams.

Ford’s Animals earned a surprise nomination for lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as cinematography, editing and director.

Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, winner of Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for 'Nocturnal Animals,' poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California Image Caption: Taylor-Johnson won of Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes

Not so surprising was the nomination of its supporting actor, Britain’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who comes fresh off a Golden Globe win for the same role.

“It’s always nice to feel love from your hometown,” he said in a statement.

“I’m deeply grateful to BAFTA for the acknowledgment and extremely proud of my friends Tom Ford and Jake Gyllenhaal,” he added.

“Can’t wait to celebrate back in good ole Blighty!” 

The film dominated the first major ceremony this season - indie favourite Gotham Awards Image Caption: Moonlight fell short of expectations with only four nominations

Coming-of-age drama Moonlight has come out a little shorter than expected, picking up just four nominations, including best film and original screenplay.

Barry Jenkins’ film about a black gay man growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami was tipped to come out on top, after becoming the most awarded movie of the year so far.

In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California Image Caption: Streep was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes

Other surprises this year include nods for Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt in the leading actress category for her roles in Florence Foster Jenkins and The Girl On The Train.

The 2017 Bafta Film Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12 February.

::BAFTA Nominations (main categories):

Best Film


I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea


Outstanding British Film

American Honey, Andrea Arnold

Denial, Mick Jackson

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, David Yates

I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach

Notes On Blindness, Peter Middleton

Under The Shadow, Babak Anvari

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, Eric Heisserer

Hacksaw Ridge, Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight

Hidden Figures, Theodore Melfi and Allison Scroeder

Lion, Luke Davis

Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford

Best Original Screenplay

Hell Or High Water, Taylor Sheridan

I, Daniel Blake, Paul Laverty

La La Land, Damien Chazelle

Manchester By The Sea, Kenneth Lonergan

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins

Best Leading Actor

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Leading Actress

Amy Adams, Arrival

Emily Blunt, The Girl On The Train

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Actor

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Dev Patel, Lion

Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress

Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

Viola Davis, Fences

Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

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