Call Me By Your Name receives four BAFTA nominations

Call Me By Your Name receives four BAFTA nominations

The former is up for best film and Frances McDormand for leading actress.

Cold War monster movie The Shape of Water leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, the United Kingdom equivalent of the Oscars. Some expressed disappointment that once again there were no women, such as Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), on the best director list, although five female directors were named in other categories, including Angelina Jolie in the foreign-language film category for First They Killed My Father. Oldman won a Golden Globe award Sunday. Three Billboards and Darkest Hour - both films with strong British links - landed nine nominations each.

After leading the field in Globes nominations, Del Toro's fantastical romance about a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with an aquatic humanoid creature also topped the BAFTA pack with 12 nominations, including for best film, director and screenplay along with nods for Hawkins and supporting actress Octavia Spencer.

What all three films have in common is that they were directed by men.

Call Me By Your Name is up for Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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"It's not only MeToo, but it's WeToo", she said. Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both received nominations for supporting actor.

Actors Natalie Dormer and Letitia Wright announced nine of the 25 categories, including best film, best director, leading actor and leading actress. There was no room for these behemoths at the Baftas, despite its eligibility for selection and seven nods at the Golden Globes.

"Blade Runner 2049" received eight nominations, including best director for Denis Villeneuve, who is competing against Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk"), Mr. del Toro ("The Shape of Water") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards")".

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

The awards will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 18.

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