La La Land Leads Bafta Film Nominations

La La Land has received the most nominations for the British Academy Film Awards with 11 nods.

The Hollywood musical, out in the UK on Friday, is up for best film, while stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are up for best actor and actress.

British actors Emily Blunt, Andrew Garfield and Hugh Grant are also in line for acting awards.

Philosophical sci-fi film Arrival and Tom Ford’s dark drama Nocturnal Animals have nine nominations apiece.

Grant ‘very pleased’

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake is up for both the best film and best British film awards.

The welfare state drama receives an additional nod for its screenplay while Hayley Squires, who plays a single mother in the film, is up for best supporting actress.

“As if @BAFTA think it’s a good idea to put me in the same room as Ryan Gosling,” tweeted the London-born actress, adding that she was “very grateful for the recognition”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed I, Daniel Blake’s five nominations, congratulating Loach – who is up for best director – and “everyone involved in the brilliant film”.

Grant, who plays Florence Foster Jenkins’ partner St Clair Bayfield in the film about the singer’s life, said: “This is so kind of Bafta and I feel very pleased both for myself and for St Clair Bayfield, neither of us having been exactly awards season habitues.”

The British actor’s only previous Bafta nomination, and award, came in 1995 for his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Arrival, La La Land and I, Daniel Blake are joined in the best film category by Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

Other titles in contention for the outstanding British film award include Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has five nominations in all.

Emily Blunt in The Girl on the TrainImage copyright UNIVERSAL
Image caption Blunt is the only Briton in contention for the best actress prize

Meryl Streep joins Blunt and Stone in the leading actress category, where she is nominated for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Her 15th Bafta nomination puts her on an equal footing with Dame Judi Dench, who previously held the record for the most Bafta film nominations.

The US actress made headlines at the Golden Globes on Sunday with a speech in which she criticised US President-elect Donald Trump.

Mr Trump responded by claiming the three-time Oscar-winner and two-time Bafta recipient was “overrated”.

Amy Adams and Natalie Portman complete the best actress contenders list, having been nominated for Arrival and Jackie respectively.

Read the full article: BBC


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