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BAFTA Film Award Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads Race

Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” led the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ movie awards after nominations were announced Tuesday at the organization’s headquarters in Central London.

“La La Land” was nominated in 11 categories, while Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama “Arrival” and Tom Ford’s psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals” both received nine, and Kenneth Lonergan’s family tragedy drama “Manchester by the Sea” had six.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “I, Daniel Blake” took five nominations each. “Moonlight” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” were nominated four times.

In major categories, it was “La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea” that were ahead, with “Arrival,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “Moonlight” and “I, Daniel Blake” close behind.

Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” and Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” both came away empty-handed.

Speaking to Variety, BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry underscored the eclectic nature of the selection, with the best film category illustrating this with Ken Loach’s gritty social-realist drama “I, Daniel Blake” rubbing shoulders with Chazelle’s playful musical “La La Land,” and Villeneuve’s entertaining tale of alien encounters, “Arrival.”

Berry sees the awards as, in part, a means to draw attention to the diversity of filmmaking on offer. “We are a small organization with a big influence,” she said.

“Anything that gets people talking about films, wanting to go and see films, discovering a director whose work they haven’t seen before, or seeing people who are nominated for the first time, and then becoming fans of their work, has to be a good thing.”

Berry pointed out the range in experience and awards recognition of the nominees. She said she was pleased to see six first-time nominees in the acting categories, including those who have been in the industry for some time, such as “La La Land’s” Ryan Gosling and “Moonlight’s” Naomie Harris, and those relatively new to the industry, such as Hayley Squires in “I, Daniel Blake.” There are also those who have had multiple nominations in the past, like Nicole Kidman in “Lion” and Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”

U.K. distributors have observed a surge in terms of revenue, both in the theatrical and home-entertainment spheres, following the nominations. “When there are so many films released, awards recognition has to help a film in terms of its profile and appeal,” Berry said.

“La La Land” and “Manchester by the Sea” both open this week in the U.K., and Chazelle’s pic in particular, with its stellar nominations tally, is likely to receive a boost from the buzz. “We are shining a very bright spotlight on that film, and people are talking about it,” Berry said.

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK, which is handling the local release of “La La Land,” said the choice of opening date was deliberate, and had been planned since the movie premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival in late August, with Emma Stone winning the best actress award.

“The U.S. was always going to go out on a platform [release] in December, and that corridor in January is renowned for having some very strong commercial successes of films that pick up nominations and awards in the early January period. So we picked [the release date] with the hope that we would do well at the Golden Globes. Having seven out of seven was exceptional. I didn’t expect that,” he said. “With the last 24 hours of attention, I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t heard of ‘La La Land,’ so hopefully it’ll bode well for this weekend.”

Although Lionsgate UK’s research has shown that the Oscars is way ahead in terms of public awareness, the Globes and BAFTAs still pack a punch in marketing terms, Kamasa said. The ability of the Globes to attract movie stars to its ceremony generates massive press coverage, which also benefits the profile of the winners, like “La La Land.”

Gosling and Stone arrive in London on Wednesday to promote the release. Chazelle and Stone also came to London to support “La La Land” in October, when it played in the city’s film festival.

Lionsgate UK is also handling the release of Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which earned five BAFTA nominations and which opens in two weeks in the U.K.

The nominations were announced by “Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner and “Preacher” star Dominic Cooper. The awards ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place Feb. 12 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

2016 NOMINATIONS
(awards presented in February 2017)

Best Film
“Arrival” – Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron Ryder
“I, Daniel Blake” – Rebecca O’Brien
“La La Land” – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
“Manchester by the Sea” – Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh
“Moonlight” – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

Director
“Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
“I, Daniel Blake” – Ken Loach
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
“Nocturnal Animals” – Tom Ford

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

Adapted Screenplay
“Arrival” – Eric Heisserer
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
“Hidden Figures” – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
“Lion” – Luke Davies
“Nocturnal Animals” – Tom Ford

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”

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”

Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – “Nocturnal Animals”
Dev Patel – “Lion”
Hugh Grant – “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water”
Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”

Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires – “I, Daniel Blake”
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman – “Lion”
Viola Davis – “Fences”

Film Not in the English Language
“Dheepan” – Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
“Julieta” – Pedro Almodóvar
“Mustang” – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert
“Son of Saul” – László Nemes, Gábor Sipos
“Toni Erdmann” – Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski

Documentary
“13th” – Ava Duvernay
“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” – Ron Howard
“The Eagle Huntress” – Otto Bell, Stacey Reiss
“Notes on Blindness” – Peter Middleton, James Spinney
“Weiner” – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Animated Film
“Finding Dory” – Andrew Stanton
“Kubo and the Two Strings” – Travis Knight
“Moana” – Ron Clements, John Musker
“Zootopia” – Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Original Music
“Arrival” – Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Jackie” – Mica Levi
“La La Land” – Justin Hurwitz
“Lion” – Dustin O’halloran, Hauschka
“Nocturnal Animals” – Abel Korzeniowski

Cinematography
“Arrival” – Bradford Young
“Hell or High Water” – Giles Nuttgens
“La La Land” – Linus Sandgren
“Lion” – Greig Fraser
“Nocturnal Animals” – Seamus Mcgarvey

Editing
“Arrival” – Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge” – John Gilbert
“La La Land” – Tom Cross
“Manchester by the Sea” – Jennifer Lame
“Nocturnal Animals” – Joan Sobel

Production Design
“Doctor Strange” – John Bush, Charles Wood
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
“Hail, Caesar!” – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
“La La Land” – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
“Nocturnal Animals” – Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Costume Design
“Allied” – Joanna Johnston
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Colleen Atwood
“Florence Foster Jenkins” – Consolata Boyle
“Jackie” – Madeline Fontaine
“La La Land” – Mary Zophres

Makeup & Hair
“Doctor Strange” – Jeremy Woodhead
“Florence Foster Jenkins” – J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Shane Thomas
“Nocturnal Animals” – Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – Nominees TBC

Sound
“Arrival” – Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare
“Deepwater Horizon” – Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
“La La Land” – Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

Special Visual Effects
“Arrival” – Louis Morin
“Doctor Strange” – Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
“The Jungle Book” – Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

Outstanding British Film
“American Honey” – Andrea Arnold, Lars Knudsen, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy
“Denial” – Mick Jackson, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, David Hare
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – David Yates, J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram
“I, Daniel Blake” – Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
“Notes on Blindness” – Peter Middleton, James Spinney, Mike Brett, Jo-Jo Ellison, Steve Jamison
“Under the Shadow” – Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
“The Girl With All the Gifts” – Mike Carey (Writer), Camille Gatin (Producer)
“The Hard Stop” – George Amponsah (Writer/Director/Producer), Dionne Walker (Writer/Producer)
“Notes on Blindness” – Peter Middleton (Writer/Director/Producer), James Spinney (Writer/Director), Jo-Jo Ellison (Producer)
“The Pass” – John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director)
“Under the Shadow” – Babak Anvari (Writer/Director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (Producers)

British Short Animation
“The Alan Dimension” – Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
“A Love Story” – Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King
“Tough” – Jennifer Zheng

British Short Film
“Consumed” – Richard John Seymour
“Home” – Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
“Mouth of Hell” – Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
“The Party” – Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor Macneill
“Standby” – Charlotte Regan, Jack Hannon

EE Rising Star Award (Voted For by the Public)
Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Ruth Negga
Tom Holland

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