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2018 EE BAFTA Nominations Announced



This morning saw the announcement of this year’s EE BAFTA Film Awards nominations, which will take place on Sunday 16th February, screening on BBC1.

Leading the pack is Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water with 12 nominations, with Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri its closest challengers with nine each.

It was also confirmed that Joanna Lumley will be on hosting duty, taking over from Stephen Fry who stepped down this year after hosting the ceremony twelve times.

Here’s the full list of nominees…

Best Film

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best British Film

Darkest Hour

The Death of Stalin

God’s Own Country

Lady Macbeth

Paddington 2

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Debut By A British Director/Writer/Producer

The Ghoul

I Am Not A Witch


Kingdom of Us

Lady Macbeth


Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread)

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)

Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour)

Jamie Bell (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)

Best Actress

Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)

Sally Hawkins (The Shape Of Water)

Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

Best Director

Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name)

Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water)

Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)

Best Supporting Actor

Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)

Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)

Woody Harrelson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Supporting Actress

Alison Janney (I, Tonya)

Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water)

Kristin Scott Thomas (Darkest Hour)

Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)

Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)

Rising Star Award

Daniel Kaluuya

Josh O’Connor

Florence Pugh

Tessa Thompson

Timothee Chalamet

Best Original Screenplay

Jordan Peele (Get Out)

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)

Guillermo Del Toro/Vanessa Taylor (The Shape Of Water)

Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Steven Rogers (I, Tonya)

Best Adapted Screenplay

James Ivory (Call Me By Your Name)

Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game)

Matt Greenhalgh (Film Star’s Don’t Die In Liverpool)

Armando Iannucci/Ian Martin/David Schneider (The Death Of Stalin)

Simon Farnaby/Paul King (Paddington 2)

Best Animated Film


Loving Vincent

My Life As A Courgette

Best Film Not In The English Language


First They Killed My Father

The Handmaiden


The Salesman

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049)

Hoyte Van Hoytema (Dunkirk)

Ben Davis (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Dan Laustsen (The Shape Of Water)

Bruno Delbonnel (Darkest Hour)

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran (Beauty And The Beast)

Jacqueline Durran (Darkest Hour)

Jennifer Johnson (I, Tonya)

Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread)

Luis Sequeira (The Shape Of Water)

Best Make Up/Hair

Donald Mowat/Kerry Warn (Blade Runner 2049)

David Malinowski/Ivana Primorac/Lucy Sibbick/Kazuhiro Tsuji (Darkest Hour)

Deborah La Mia Denaver/Adruitha Lee (I, Tonya)

Daniel Phillips (Victoria And Abdul)

Naomi Bakstad/Robert A. Pandini/Arjen Tuiten (Wonder)

Best Documentary

City Of Ghosts

I Am Not Your Negro



An Inconvenient Sequel

Best Editing

Jonathan Amos/Paul Machliss (Baby Driver)

Joe Walker (Blade Runner 2049)

Lee Smith (Dunkirk)

Sidney Wolinsky (The Shape of Water)

Jon Gregory (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)

Best Original Music

Benjamin Wallfisch/Hans Zimmer (Blade Runner 2049)

Dario Marianelli (Darkest Hour)

Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk)

Jonny Greenwood (Phantom Thread)

Alexandre Desplat (The Shape Of Water)

Best Sound

Tim Cavagin/Mary H. Ellis/Julian Slater (Baby Driver)

Ron Bartlett/Doug Hemphill/Mark Mangini/Mac Ruth (Blade Runner 2049)

Richard King/Gregg Landaker/Gary A. Rizzo/Mark Weingarten (Dunkirk)

Christian Cooke/Glen Gauthier/Nathan Robitaille/Brad Zoern (The Shape Of Water)

Ren Klyce/David Parker/Michael Semanick/Stuart Wilson/Matthew Wood (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

Best Production Design

Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Beauty And The Beast)

Dennis Gassner/Alessandra Querzola (Blade Runner 2049)

Sarah Greenwood/Katie Spencer (Darkest Hour)

Nathan Crowley/Gary Fettis (Dunkirk)

Paul Austerberry/Jeff Melvin/Shane Vieau (The Shape Of Water)

Best Special Visual Effects

Gerd Nefzer/John Nelson (Blade Runner 2049)

Scott Fisher/Andrew Jackson (Dunkirk)

Dennis Berardi/Trey Harrell/Kevin Scott (The Shape Of Water)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War For The Planet Of The Apes

Best British Short Film


Cowboy Dave

A Drowning Man


Wren Boys

Best British Animated Short

Have Heart


Poles Apart



Meg Ryan to be Honoured With 2018 Leopard Club Award at #Locarno71



The witty character with that unique ability to combine beauty with irony. For years she has been the undisputed queen of romantic comedy but has also been able, over time, to take on other genres such as dramas and thrillers.

The fact that Meg Ryan occupies a central position in the popular collective imagination is demonstrated by the gallery of characters who have enlivened films and have become – in their field – cult films. Just think of the triptych of films that were born from Meg Ryan’s meeting with Nora Ephron, the screenwriter and director who has built three film career-cornerstones on her: When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). These are films in which her talent was also enhanced by the ability to co-star in complete harmony with actors such as Billy Crystal or Tom Hanks.

All performances to which the Locarno Festival wishes to pay tribute through one of its most prestigious awards: The Leopard Club. So, following Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Andy Garcia, Stefania Sandrelli and Adrien Brody, this year Piazza Grande will be completely hers, for the award ceremony on Friday, August 3.

Her presence will be accompanied by a double screening of films during the Festival. And if, with In the Cut, a side of Meg Ryan will be shown that, under the direction of Jane Campion, is capable of trying her hand at an erotic thriller, instead with the comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993) there will be a completely natural connection with the Retrospettiva dedicated to Leo McCarey: Nora Ephron’s film, in fact, is a homage-re-reading of a masterpiece such as Love Affair (1994) by the great American filmmaker. A live dialogue between the present and the past for a much-loved female icon, one whose destiny seemed to have already been marked by her debut film: Rich and Famous (1981), the last film by a “ladies’ director” like George Cukor, coincidentally, another classic filmmaker to whom Locarno dedicated a retrospective in 2013.

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New ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Trailer Is An Emotional Ride



‘To dream is to heal.’

Creating a fantastical miniature world to overcome the traumas of reality. The poignant true story behind the new film from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, ‘Welcome To Marwen’ which stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogencamp, a victim of a brutal attack who uses his own artistry to heal.

Joining Carell in this imaginative tale is singing sensation Janelle Monae who has already impressed in the likes of Moonlight and Hidden Figures and Leslie Mann, who starred alongside the actor in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Released in UK cinemas on 11th January 2019. The latest trailer can be found below…

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It’s Paratroopers Versus Nazi Zombies in ‘Overlord’ Trailer



We’re ensured this is not another elaborate scheme to expand the Cloverfield universe by producer J.J Abrams, after The Cloverfield Paradox was released on Netflix earlier this year without little warning.

But the frentic ‘Overlord’ trailer set to AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’ certainly has us intrigued, providing us with an undead take on the horrors of World War II as a team of paratroopers led by Wyatt Russell find themselves behind enemy lines, only to uncover that the Nazis are conducting scientific experiments to create zombie-like super soldiers.

Directed by Son Of A Gun’s Julius Avery. The film is released in the UK on 25th October.

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