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Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Dominic Cooper (Preacher) took to the stage in London this morning (January 10) to announce the nominees for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, which will air February 12 at 8/7c on BBC AMERICA.

And if Cooper was disappointed that his girlfriend Ruth Negga wasn’t nominated in the Best Leading Actress category for her role in Loving, he certainly didn’t show it:

Negga has, however, been nominated for the Rising Star Award, along with Spider-Man Tom Holland, Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Laia Costa (Victoria), and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch).

Top of the list, however, was movie of the moment La La Land, which came away with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director — plus Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Next up were Arrival and Nocturnal Animals with nine nominations apiece, marking a departure from this year’s Golden Globes, which didn’t give either film much love at the awards ceremony on Sunday (January 8).

And while many consider the BAFTAS to be a reliable indicator of the films and performances that will go on to Oscar glory later in the month, La La Land’s oft-cited rival Moonlight only picked up four nominations, as did Florence Foster JenkinsStephen Frears‘s comedy about a deluded singer starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, both of whom were nominated.

Among the snubbees were Martin Scorsese, whose passion project Silence failed to get a single nomination, and Clint Eastwood, whose Sully went unmentioned too.

These being British awards means there’s an extra category for Outstanding British Film. So Andrea Arnold‘s critically-acclaimed American Beauty finally got a nod, along with Fantastic Beasts. Other nominations included Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Emmy Award-winning documentary Notes on Blindness, Persian-language horror film Under the Shadow, and Ken Loach‘s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake.

Benedict Cumberbatch‘s curly mane and Eddie Redmayne‘s vest got a mention too, with nominations for Best Make-Up and Hair for Doctor Strange and Best Costume Design for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Undoubtedly, though, it was La La Land that led the BAFTA charge, but the movie and its makers shouldn’t get too comfortable. Remember, there have been upsets before. Who can forget The Color Purple, which in 1986 failed to win any of the 11 gongs it was nominated for? Yet these nominations — and the Golden Globes before them — mean La La Land will be the film to beat.

Check here for a full list of nominees.

And remember that, as of 2019, any movie not deemed diverse enough won’t qualify for two of BAFTA’s most prestigious awards.

You can watch the awards ceremony on BBC AMERICA this February 12 at 8/7c.

Did anyone miss out, in your opinion?

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Filed Under: BAFTAS, BAFTAS 2017
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.