The surprising and the expected: BAFTA nominations announced

The surprising and the expected: BAFTA nominations announced

Another notable omission is upcoming drama The Post whose line-up, which includes veteran director Steven Spielberg and national treasures Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, has 42 Oscar nominations between them.

"The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", and "Darkest Hour", lead the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' movie awards, regarded as a bellwether for the Oscars.

"Darkest Hour" received nine nominations as well, including for outstanding British film, where it will compete with "The Death of Stalin", "God's Own Country", "Lady Macbeth", "Paddington 2" and "Three Billboards". Dubbed the big surprises of the ceremony, each film has been nominated for eight awards.

Guillermo del Toro's fantastical thriller is nominated in 12 categories, including best picture and best director.

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.

In the Animated Film category, competitors are Coco, Loving Vincent and My Life as a Courgette.

This audience award is voted for by the British public and presented to an actress or actor who has demonstrated exceptional talent and has begun to capture the imagination of the public.

The gala will be held on February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall here.

Joanna Lumley has been confirmed as the host of the 2018 Baftas, after Stephen Fry stepped down.

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