British film awards nominations dominated by "The Shape of Water"

2018-01-10 02:32:19 GMT2018-01-10 10:32:19(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The British Academy of Film andTelevision Arts (BAFTA) unveiled Tuesday its shortlist for thisyear's film awards with "The Shape of Water" dominating thenominations.

"The Shape of Water", a fantasy film about a woman who falls inlove with a monster from the sea, was nominated in the best filmcategory and its director Guillermo del Toro was nominated for bothdirector and for original screenplay.

The film's female star Sally Hawkins was nominated for leadingactress and Octavia Spencer was nominated for supportingactress.

The film also picked up nominations in the original Music,cinematography, production design, costume design, sound, editingand special effects categories.

The main challenge to "The Shape of Water's" domination of thenominations came from two films, the wartime drama "Darkest Hour"and the comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", whichboth picked up nine nominations.

The newly-released film "Darkest Hour", about former Britishprime minister Winston Churchill at a critical point during theSecond World War received nominations for best actor for the starGary Oldman, who plays Churchill, and for Kristin Scott Thomas, whoplays his wife Clementine Churchill.

Oldman won a Golden Globe award for his part in the film onSunday, and "Three Billboards" was named best film in the sameHollywood-based awards.

"Darkest Hour" was also nominated in best film, outstandingBritish film, original music, cinematography, production design,costume design, and make up categories.

The nominations for film not in English were "Elle", "First TheyKilled My Father", "The Handmaiden", "Loveless" and "TheSalesman".

Best animated film nominations were "Coco", "Loving Vincent",and "My Life as a Courgette".

The BAFTA awards are part of the international film awardsseason, culminating in the Hollywood Oscars, which take place twoweeks after the BAFTA ceremony.

The BAFTA nominations did not escape criticism, with leadingcritics attacking the lack of any woman on the nomination list forbest director award.

The Guardian newspaper's top critic Peter Bradshaw wrote "it's alist which appears to have repeated the Golden Globes' groan-worthymissteps on women directors. This is not a good year to beunveiling another strictly all-male best director list."

The awards will be made on February 18 at a ceremony in London'sAlbert Hall, and will see a change in host from the actor StephenFry, who has hosted for 12 years, to veteran actress Joanna Lumley.

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