Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic fantasy The Shape of Water leads the way going into the 2018 British Film Academy Awards (BAFTAs), taking 12 nominations including nods for best film and best director. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour follow with nine a piece, with Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk both grabbing eight.
Two films backed with National Lottery funding via the BFI Film Fund, God’s Own Country and Lady Macbeth, are in the running for the award for outstanding British film, with Darkest Hour, Paddington 2, Three Billboards and The Death of Stalin also competing. Lady Macbeth is also up for outstanding debut, along with I Am Not a Witch, also with BFI backing.
The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri both first screened to UK audiences at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®. Other films with multiple nominations to screen at the LFF include Call Me by Your Name, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Lady Bird and Lady Macbeth.