Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

'The Shape of Water' by Guillermo del Toro Gets 12 Bafta Nominations

'The Shape of Water' by Guillermo del Toro Gets 12 Bafta Nominations

Indeed, "The Post" - which earned six Golden Globe nominations but left empty-handed - failed to score a single BAFTA nod, a surprising turn given the pedigree of Spielberg and stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as well as the film's timely story of a fierce struggle between presidential power and press freedom. Some expressed disappointment that once again there were no women, such as Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), on the best director list, although five female directors were named in other categories, including Angelina Jolie in the foreign-language film category for First They Killed My Father.

She said that people like Oprah Winfrey, who won the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award, used the moment as a "clarion call for change, something we at BAFTA wish to wholeheartedly endorse".

Guillermo del Toro's fantastical thriller is nominated in 12 categories, including best picture and best director. "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", and "Darkest Hour" had nine apiece.

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"We're so delighted to have been recognised by BAFTA for our debut film", said William Oldroyd (Director), Alice Birch (Writer) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer). Rounding out the list for best film are Call Me by Your Name and Dunkirk.

"I'll see you on the night", Lumley said, wrapping up her hosting announcement.

Actors Natalie Dormer and Letitia Wright announced nine of the 25 categories, including best film, best director, leading actor and leading actress. Guillermo del Toro was nominated for both best director and original screenplay.

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Grant's nomination may seem particularly surprising to American audiences, as the family film sequel doesn't open until Friday in the U.S. Gary Oldman was nominated as leading actor and Kristin Scott Thomas as supporting actress, for for their roles as Winston and Clementine Churchill.

Joanna Lumley has been announced as the new BAFTA host.

The awards will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18.

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"Over the last two decades I have especially loved watching the emergence of new young film talent behind and in front of the camera", Fry told the New York Times.

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