(10 Jan 2017) REACTIONS TO THE BAFTA FILM AWARD NOMINATIONS
The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical “La La Land” quick-stepped into an awards-season lead Tuesday (10 JAN. 2017), gaining 11 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.
The sweet-tempered Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance is up for best picture, director, actor and actress at the British awards, which are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s prize-giving next month.
The nominations add to the musical’s momentum after it won seven prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
Philosophical sci-fi yarn “Arrival” and psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals” have nine nominations each for the U.K prizes, known as BAFTAs.
Both movies star Amy Adams – who scored her sixth best actress nomination with “Arrival.”
“One of the things I love about the acting categories this year is you’ve got a fantastic mix of people like Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, who has got her fifteenth nomination against people who are getting their first nomination,” said Amanda Berry, BAFTA’s chief executive.
“The other thing that I’m so thrilled about this year is the number of actors who were previous EE Rising Star nominees. There are six this year, so we recognized them early in their career and now they are being nominated in the main categories.”
The nominations were announced in London by actors Dominic Cooper and Sophie Turner.
Both were surprised by the “huge mixture of very different films” up for prizes.
“There was some gasps,” said Cooper, “you did hear some gasps of recognition or disbelief, but you feel it’s a very thorough – BAFTA itself and the BAFTA members, the six and a half thousand of them – they have thoroughly looked through absolutely everything and it’s a dedicated idea behind what they love and I think I wasn’t surprised.”
While Cooper and Turner wouldn’t admit which films and actors they’re rooting for, they did say they’re looking forward to attending the event.
“It’s a fun night. It’s presented, it’s always humorous, it’s funny, it’s light-hearted,” smiled Cooper.
This year, for the first time in two decades, the ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall, rather than the Royal Opera House.
“We’re going to miss the Royal Opera House, but the Albert Hall just allows you to look at the ceremony and what you do and what you could do differently and we’re working with Cirque du Soleil to create a very magical moment within the show,” teased Berry.
The event takes place on Feb. 12, two weeks before the Oscars.
The BAFTAs differ from their U.S. counterpart in having a separate category for best British film. Nominees are “I, Daniel Blake”; raucous road trip “American Honey”; courtroom drama “Denial”; wizarding adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; documentary “Notes on Blindness”; and Iran-set horror film “Under the Shadow.”
FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS:
Best film: “La La Land”; “Arrival”; “I, Daniel Blake”; “Moonlight”; “Manchester by the Sea”
Outstanding British film: “American Honey”; “Denial”; “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; “I, Daniel Blake”; “Notes on Blindness”
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”
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”
Supporting actress: Hayley Squires, “I, Daniel Blake”; Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”; Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”; Nicole Kidman, “Lion”; Viola Davis, “Fences”
Animated film: “Finding Dory”; “Kubo and the Two Strings”; “Moana”; “Zootropolis”
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