The Baftas are Coming!

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is leading the way in this years Baftas, with 12 nominations in total and a whole lot more.

The fantasy romance shows the growing relationship between a janitor, played by Sally Hawkins and an amphibious creature being held in captivity. Other nominations include Darkest Hour, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing and Missouri, all received nine nominations as well.

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer both star in The Shape of Water.

Gary Oldman and Jamie Bell are among the British nominees, who have all been recognised for best actor. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan are among those nominated for best leading actress. They face competition from the likes of Frances McDormand for Three Billboards and Margot Robbie for her stellar work as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, in I, Tonya.

Dunkirk, Calle Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards are all up for best film alongside The Shape of Water. Alongside Three Billboards and Darkest Hour for outstanding British films, are Paddington 2, Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country and The Death of Stalin.

Paddington 2 performed rather well commercially and critically, earning it a nod for adapted screenplay and best supporting actor, for Hugh Grant.

Yknow, I’m not normally into knights…but he works it.

Grant’s competition includes Christopher Plummer, who was very recently nominated for his sudden work on All the Money in the World. He replaced Kevin Spacey at the last minute, due to allegations of sexual assault.

Blade Runner 2049 is also under the spotlight, with eight nominations, including best direction, best special visual effects and best sound.

The films that just missed out were The Post and The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco. Despite his win on Sunday for best actor in a comedy or musical, the movie received no nominations. The Post follows the true story of The Washington Post as they decide whether to out decades of US secrets in their paper.

The Disaster Artist follows the real life story of  the making of The Room, a movie regarded as one of the worst in history. Starring James Franco and Seth Rogan.

The movie starred Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks who were also not nominated.

Gary Oldman spoke about his nomination, saying:

‘This is my third Bafta nomination as an actor; the recognition means so much. Especially more so not merely for the distinguished company I now find myself in with my fellow nominees, but most especially for the privilege of playing Winston Churchill, which it truly was.’

The Baftas will be held on Sunday 18th February at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.