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2018 BAFTA Awards: Full winners list of the 71st annual British Academy Film Awards [Updating Live]

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) were revealed on Sunday February 18 (two days before final voting for the Oscars begins) in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over emcee duties from Stephen Fry, who hosted for the last 12 years running. Ridley Scott receives the BAFTA Fellowship from BAFTA patron Prince William. Read the full report on the 2018 BAFTA Awards.

The roster of presenters includes: Gemma Arterton, Orlando Bloom, Sam Claflin, Bryan Cranston, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Hoult, Isabelle Huppert, Lily James, Jennifer Lawrence, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, Sergei Polunin, Will Poulter, Andrea Riseborough, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Hayley Squires, Tom Taylor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rachel Weisz and Letitia Wright.

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2018 BAFTA Awards: Every category, every nomination, every film

2018 BAFTA Awards: Every category, every nomination, every film
The Shape of Water” leads the nominations for the 71st annual BAFTA Awards with 12 bids, followed by “Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at nine each and then both “Blade Runner 2049” and “Dunkirk” with eight. See the full film-by-film breakdown below.

While nominations for the BAFTAs were announced three days before Oscar nominations voting ends on Friday (Jan. 12), the winners will be revealed during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Feb. 18 (two days before final voting for the Oscars begins). The 90th annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 4.

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12 Nominations

The Shape of Water

Best Picture, Director (Guillermo del Toro), Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Score, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

9 Nominations

“Darkest Hour”

Best Picture, Actor
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How to Watch the 2018 BAFTA Awards

How to Watch the 2018 BAFTA Awards
Some of award season’s top honors are about to be handed out across the pond.

The British Academy Film Awards are taking place on Sunday, and movie fanatics can tune into the red carpet digitally. The pre-show for the BAFTAs will be live-streamed on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The stream will also be available to watch on Variety‘s Facebook page. The arrivals start at 9 a.m. Pt, and the ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the second year.

The ceremony itself won’t be available to stream online and will air on BBC One, which has exclusive rights. It begins at 1 p.m. Pt.

The BAFTAs nominate all-English-language films, not just films that are produced in the U.K. Voting closed for BAFTA members on Jan. 2.

The Shape of Water” is nominated in 12 categories. Activist and actress Joanna Lumley will host the ceremony. The nominees
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2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is nominated and who will win?

2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is nominated and who will win?
Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards are revealed on Sunday, Feb. 18 in a ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London. The 71st annual Baftas hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) is likely to be a preview of next month’s Oscars. Final voting for the 90th annual Academy Awards begins on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

As at the Oscars, “The Shape of Water” leads all films here with 12 nominations. “Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards” are tied for second place with nine nominations each. “Blade Runner 2049” and “Dunkirk” are in contention for eight apiece, “I, Tonya” is up for five and both “Call Me by Your Name” and “Phantom Thread” vie in four races.

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Our exclusive BAFTA odds are predicting that “Three Billboards” will be the big winner, taking home five of the top awards: Best Picture,
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Interviews: The 2018 BAFTA Nominees Party – Florence Pugh, Daniel Kaluuya, Josh O Connor, Gemma Arterton, Taron Egerton & more

Author: Jon Lyus

It’s BAFTA weekend, and yesterday evening the UK Film community began marking their biggest celebrations of the year with the BAFTA Nominees Party which took place at Kensington Palace.

There were many luminaries from the world of film gathered there, with the likes Florence Pugh, Annette Bening, God’s Own Country duo Josh O’Connor and Francis Lee, Kingsman’s Taron Egerton and Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya taking time to enjoy the pre-ceremony festivities in the luxurious surrounds. Other attendees including Jawbone’s Johnny Harris, X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton, The Shape of Water composer Alexandre Desplat and former Vice-President Al Gore.

We present interviews with some of the above, captured on the red carpet and you can see a full list of nominations for tonight’s event below.

We’ll be on the red carpet this evening, so be sure to check back
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'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)

'God's Own Country' star Josh O’Connor joins 'Hope Gap' (exclusive)
Annette Bening, Bill Nighy co-star in William Nicholson’s family drama.

God’s Own Country star Josh O’Connor has joined Annette Bening and Bill Nighy in the cast of Hope Gap.

William Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated writer of Breathe, Everest, Gladiator, Shadowlands, writes and directs the family drama, which is currently in pre-production and will shoot in summer 2018. It is his second feature as a director after 1997’s Firelight with Sophie Marceau.

O’Connor, nominated for a Bafta and winner of a Bifa for his breakout role in God’s Own Country, will play Jamie, the son of married couple Grace (Annette Bening) and Edward (Bill Nighy). When Jamie comes to visit for the weekend at their seaside home, Edward informs him that he plans to leave Grace. Hope Gap tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, anger and resolution.

David M Thompson (Woman In Gold) of Origin Pictures produces. Protagonist is handling
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2018 BAFTA predictions: Complete racetrack odds in 21 categories presented at British Academy Film Awards

2018 BAFTA predictions: Complete racetrack odds in 21 categories presented at British Academy Film Awards
The 2018 BAFTA Awards will be handed out on Sunday night, February 18, two days before the start of Oscar voting. That makes these prizes as consequential as ever as a last opportunity to influence the American academy, or at least to indicate which way the wind is blowing. There is overlap between BAFTA voters and Oscar voters, so are they bound to pick the same winners? Scroll down for our complete predictions in 21 categories listed in order of their racetrack odds, with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

The Shape of Water” leads with 12 nominations, followed by “Darkest Hour” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with 9 apiece at these kudos, which are decided by industry professionals just like the Academy Awards. But they have disagreed with the Oscars on Best Picture for the last three years in a row, picking “Boyhood” over Oscar winner “Birdman” (2014), then “The Revenant” over Oscar winner
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2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?

2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?
The February 18 BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and air on a tape-delayed basis on both BBC One in England and BBC America in the United States. Sixteen of this year’s 20 nominees in the acting categories are schedule to attend Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All five Best Actress nominees are expected: Annette Bening (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Likewise for the five fellows up for Best Actor: Jamie Bell (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”).

And four of the five Best Supporting Actress hopefuls will be in the audience: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville
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BAFTA Favors Heavyweights Over Low-Budget Indies

BAFTA Favors Heavyweights Over Low-Budget Indies
It’s been 17 years since the BAFTA awards crucially shifted their place in the awards calendar. For decades, they’d taken place in the springtime, as a kind of quirky afterthought to the glossier Academy Awards, their voting only occasionally accounting for the trends set by other awards bodies: it was a time when films like “Jean de Florette” and “The Commitments” could emerge victorious in the top races, after sitting out the Oscars entirely.

In 2001, however, they moved back to February, preceding Oscar night by several weeks, and the game soon changed entirely: the BAFTAs joined the ever-expanding ranks of Oscar precursors, eventually changing even their branch-led voting system to align more with AMPAS rules. Their choices, in the process, have grown less singular too: In the last decade, 70% of BAFTA’s choices in the film, direction and acting categories have gone on to win the Oscar. Differences in collective taste may still emerge — the British
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Diane Kruger joins Julianne Moore in 'After The Wedding' (exclusive)

Cornerstone Films introducing to buyers at the Efm this week.

Diane Kruger has been cast opposite Julianne Moore in After The Wedding, director Bart Freundlich’s remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated drama.

The project is reimagining the original film with two women in the lead roles. Kruger will play Isabel, who runs an orphanage in the Indian city of Calcutta (the part was played by Mads Mikkelsen in Bier’s original). In desperate need of money to keep the orphanage afloat, she travels to New York to meet a potentially perfect benefactor, Theresa, played by Moore.

UK-based Cornerstone Films is handling international sales and is introducing the project to buyers at this week’s Efm. CAA is handling Us rights.

It will be produced by Joel Michaels and Silvio Muraglia through Paradox Studios, which is also financing. Production will begin in spring.

Kruger’s recent credits include Fatih Akin’s Golden Globe-winning drama In The Fade, for which she
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2018 BAFTAs: Which acting favorite is most vulnerable to an upset? [Poll]

2018 BAFTAs: Which acting favorite is most vulnerable to an upset? [Poll]
Sunday’s BAFTA Awards mark the fourth leg of Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell’s (“Three Billboards”) quest to be the first group of acting winners to sweep all five televised awards. But BAFTA might be tricky for all four of them to pull off.

Since BAFTA moved up its ceremony before the Oscars 17 years ago, it sometimes moves in lockstep with the precursors and rubberstamp Oscar frontrunners. Other times BAFTA, whose lineups don’t always match the Oscars’, marches to the beat of its own drum and anoint one of its own British stars or offer some clarity to an unsettled race — its supporting winners Tilda Swinton (2007’s “Michael Clayton”) and Mark Rylance (2015’s “Bridge of Spies”) went on to claim Oscars.

See 2018 Oscars: Will all four acting winners pull off an unprecedented sweep?

McDormand, Oldman,
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Meryl Streep in ‘Music of the Heart’: A look back at her 12th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Music of the Heart’: A look back at her 12th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 12 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, while Meryl Streep was making her big screen debut with a small role in Fred Zinnemann‘s Oscar-winning “Julia,” young filmmaker Wes Craven was scaring the pants off moviegoers with his X-rated horror flick “The Hills Have Eyes.”

Seven years later, in 1984, Streep already had two Oscars under her belt, yet was putting fans to sleep with the tedious Robert De Niro romance “Falling in Love.” Meanwhile, Craven was at last breaking down the door into mainstream cinema, with his “A Nightmare on Elm Street” proving a sleeper hit and making burnt serial killer Freddy Krueger a household name.

Craven
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Guillermo del Toro Named Jury President of 2018 Venice Film Festival

Guillermo del Toro Named Jury President of 2018 Venice Film Festival
One year after winning the Golden Lion for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro will return to the Venice Film Festival to preside over the jury. Del Toro has been named jury president of Venice’s 75th edition, which takes place August 29-September 8. The director became the first Mexican filmmaker to win the Golden Lion when “The Shape of Water” took top honors last year. The film has gone on to earn 13 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

“To serve as president in Venice is an immense honor and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude,” del Toro said of the announcement. “Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance.”

Del Toro was named jury president by the board of directors of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta. Baratta said del Toro’s name was
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Guillermo Del Toro to Head Venice Film Festival Jury

Guillermo Del Toro to Head Venice Film Festival Jury
Rome – Guillermo Del Toro, who won last year’s Golden Lion for “The Shape of Water,” will preside over the jury of the 75th Venice Film Festival.

“To serve as president in Venice is an immense honor and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude,” said the Mexican director, considered a front-runner at the upcoming Academy Awards in March. “Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance.”

“The Shape of Water,” Del Toro’s ode to the horror films of his youth, has picked up a leading 13 Oscar nominations. It had its world premiere on the Lido last year and was awarded Venice’s top prize by a jury headed by Annette Bening. Last month, Del Toro won a Golden Globe for best director.

Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera praised Del Toro as someone who “personifies generosity, a love for movies past or future, and a passion
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Guillermo del Toro to head Venice Film Festival jury

Guillermo del Toro to head Venice Film Festival jury
The Shape Of Water director named 2018 jury head.

The Shape Of Water director Guillermo del Toro will preside over the International Jury of the Competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8, 2018).

Del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape Of Water premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it scooped the Golden Lion for best film, which was awarded by a jury presided over by Annette Bening. The film has subsequently been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and del Toro is considered a front-runner for the Best Director prize.

The Mexican director also previously screened his film Mimic at the festival in 1998. In 2006, he was a member of the jury for the Luigi de Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film.

Guillermo del Toro commented: “To serve as president in Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity
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Guillermo del Toro to head Venice jury

Guillermo del Toro to head Venice jury
The Shape Of Water director named 2018 jury head.

The Shape Of Water director Guillermo del Toro will preside over the International Jury of the Competition at the 75th Venice International Film Festival (August 29 – September 8, 2018).

Del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape Of Water premiered in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, where it scooped the Golden Lion for best film, which was awarded by a jury presided over by Annette Bening. The film has subsequently been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and del Toro is considered a front-runner for the Best Director prize.

The Mexican director also previously screened his film Mimic at the festival in 1998. In 2006, he was a member of the jury for the Luigi de Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film.

Guillermo del Toro commented: “To serve as president in Venice is an immense honour and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity
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Meryl Streep in ‘Postcards from the Edge’: A look back at her ninth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Postcards from the Edge’: A look back at her ninth Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 9 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

By 1989, Meryl Streep had graced the silver screen in 15 motion pictures. Thirteen of these were dramas, with the exceptions being “Manhattan” (1979), in which Streep had a small supporting role, and “Heartburn” (1986), a critical and financial failure. So, it was about time that Streep at last scored a leading role in a successful comedy.

She-Devil” (1989) found Streep in the broadest, loosest form of her career. Portraying flamboyant romantic novelist Mary Fisher, opposite Roseanne Barr, Streep herself garnered positive notices but the picture flopped even harder than “Heartburn,” spending one week in the box office top 10.

Her follow-up to “She-Devil” had shades of “Heartburn” on paper.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Wins Best Movie for Grownups Award

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Wins Best Movie for Grownups Award
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has won the best movie for grownups award, presented Monday night at Aarp The Magazine’s 17th annual awards show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

“The Last Jedi” topped “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” for the prize. Mark Hamill and Kelly Marie Tran presented the award to director Rian Johnson, who said that it was time to retire the dictum that one should not meet one’s heroes.

“You’re Luke Skywalker, man,” he told Hamill.

Tran noted the film was her first movie role and gave her the sense that anything is possible, given that she’s the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants.

Gray Oldman won the best actor award for his role as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Annette Bening took the trophy for best actress for her portrayal of Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t Die
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‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Named TV Showman of the Year by Icg Publicists Awards

‘This Is Us’ Creator Dan Fogelman Named TV Showman of the Year by Icg Publicists Awards
Dan Fogelman, creator and executive producer of the NBC drama “This Is Us,”will be named Television Showman of the Year at the 55th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards.

This Is Us” was nominated for 10 Emmys as well as a Golden Globe for Best Drama for its first two seasons. The series also recently won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

“Even with the multitude of television programming currently available, ‘This Is Us’ is the show that everyone wants to talk about the next day,” said Icg national president Steven Poster, Asc. “That is due in great part to the creative genius of Dan Fogelman.”

Fogelman also co-created and executive produced Fox’s drama “Pitch,” in addition to creating the ABC period musical comedy series “Galavant” and the ABC comedy The Neighbors.

Fogelman’s upcoming film “Life Itself,” which he directed, stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, [link
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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