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BAFTA nominations laud La La Land, Nocturnal Animals, and Arrival

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(Photo: Lionsgate)

Given its sweep of the Golden Globes and general awards season dominance, it should come as a shock to no one that La La Land accrued the most BAFTA nominations when those were announced earlier today. The musical found itself in a whopping 11 categories, including Best Film, Director, Leading Actor, and Leading Actress.


However, the British Academy did not entirely follow suit with the dominant awards-season narrative. Its voters were particularly partial to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. Despite missing out on Best Film, the moody drama garnered nine nods, the same amount as Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Aaron Taylor Johnson—an unexpected victor Sunday night—is once again competing for the supporting actor prize, while Ford will contend for Director and Jake Gyllenhaal for Leading Actor. But what got left out while the BAFTAs were showering affection on Ford’s movie? Notably work by black filmmakers and actors. Moonlights Barry Jenkins wasn’t honored for directing, while Denzel Washington’s performance in Fences was ignored.

Moonlight is up for Best Film, alongside La La Land, Arrival, Manchester By The Sea, and I, Daniel Blake, the Palme D’Or winner and a hometown favorite for the BAFTAs. Elsewhere, Emily Blunt is a surprise pick for Leading Actress for the poorly-received The Girl On The Train and the British name for Zootopia is Zootropolis. Below you can see a selection of the most prominent categories, the full list is available here.

Best Film


I, Daniel Blake

La La Land

Manchester By The Sea


Outstanding British Film

American Honey


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

I, Daniel Blake

Notes On Blindness

Under The Shadow

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)


Film Not In The English Language




Son of Saul

Toni Erdmann



The Beatles: Eight Days A Week—The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress

Notes On Blindness


Animated Film

Finding Dory

Kubo And The Two Strings




Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Original Screenplay

Taylor Sheridan, Hell Or High Water

Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Adapated Screenplay

Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, Hacksaw Ridge

Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder, Hidden Figures

Luke Davies, Lion

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

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

Original Music

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival

Mica Levi, Jackie

Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Lion

Abel Korzeniowski, Nocturnal Animals


Bradford Young, Arrival

Giles Nuttgens, Hell Or High Water

Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Greig Fraser, Lion

Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals