LaLaLand leads race for Bri­tish Academy Film Awards

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Lon­don

The perky, pas­tel-hued jazz mu­si­cal La La Land quick­stepped into an awards-sea­son lead onTues­day, gain­ing 11 nom­i­na­tions for the Bri­tish Academy FilmAwards, theUK 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 UK prizes, known as the BAFTAs. The con­tenders were an­nounced at the Bri­tish academy’s Lon­don head­quar­ters by ac­tors Do­minic Cooper and So­phie Turner.

Best-pic­ture nom­i­nees are La La Land; Ar­rival; wel­farestate drama I, Daniel Blake; Mi­ami com­ing-of-age story Moon­light; and soul-bar­ing do­mes­tic drama Manch­ester by the Sea.

Best-ac­tor nom­i­nees are An­drew Garfield for Hack­saw Ridge; Casey Af­fleck for Manch­ester by the Sea; Jake Gyl­len­haal for Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals; Gosling for La La Land; and Viggo Mortensen for Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic.

Best-ac­tress con­tenders are AmyA­dams­for Ar­rival; Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train; Stone for La La Land; Meryl Streep for Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins; and Natalie Port­man for Jackie.

Among sup­port­ing ac­tor and ac­tress nom­i­nees are Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Wa­ter; Vi­ola Davis for Fences; and Ni­cole Kid­man and Dev Pa­tel for Lion.

Lon­don-born Pa­tel says it was an honor to be rec­og­nized in his home city. “My fam­ily is lit­er­ally freak­ing out right now,” he says.

Also up for best sup­port­ing ac­tor is Hugh Grant, for his per­for­mance as mi­nor ac­tor St. Clair Bay­field, part­ner of Streep’s tone-deaf opera singer in Florence Fos­ter Jenk­ins.

“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,” Grant says.

Best-di­rec­tor nom­i­na­tions went to De­nis Vil­leneuve for Ar­rival; Ken Loach for I, Daniel Blake; Damien Chazelle for La La land; Ken­neth Lon­er­gan forManch­ester by the Sea; and Tom Ford for Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals.

Win­ners of the Bri­tish tro­phies will be an­nounced at Lon­don’s Royal Al­bert Hall on Feb 12, two weeks be­fore the Os­cars.

The BAFTAs dif­fer from theirUS coun­ter­part in­hav­ing a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory for best Bri­tish film. Nom­i­nees are I, Daniel Blake; rau­cous road trip Amer­i­can Honey; court­room drama De­nial; wiz­ard­ing ad­ven­tureFan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them; doc­u­men­tary Notes on Blind­ness; and Iran-set hor­ror filmUn­der the Shadow.

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