La La Land leads the way at BAFTAs
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.
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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.
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.
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!”
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.
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):
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