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

London Jan 9 The Shape of Water leads this year's Bafta film award nominations with 12 nods in total

London Jan 9 The Shape of Water leads this year's Bafta film award nominations with 12 nods in total

Three Billboards and Darkest Hour - both films with strong British links - landed nine nominations each.

Unless they were still in L.A. recovering from the Golden Globes, members of the British film industry had an early start Tuesday, waking up to hear which films had been shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA Awards.

The lead characters in "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", however, are women.

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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).

"It's a really broad mix of established and emerging talent", said BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter after the nominations announcement.

BAFTA gave a nod to the movie's director, Luca Guadagnino, in the Best Director category. There was no room for these behemoths at the Baftas, despite its eligibility for selection and seven nods at the Golden Globes.

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Director Guillermo del Toro on the set of The Shape of Water.

Among the film's other nominations are Sally Hawkins for leading actress and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress.

Grant's nomination may seem particularly surprising to American audiences, as the family film sequel doesn't open until Friday in the U.S.

BAFTA also nominated First They Killed My Father for Film Not In The English Language.

The Disaster Artist failed to win a single nomination, despite James Franco (who also directed) taking home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. Gary Oldman was nominated as leading actor and Kristin Scott Thomas as supporting actress, for for their roles as Winston and Clementine Churchill.

BAFTA also announced "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley as the next host of the film awards ceremony.

The 71st British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Who thought I'd turn into Stephen Fry?

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