'The Shape of Water' by Guillermo del Toro Gets 12 Bafta Nominations

The Shape Of Water’ leads BAFTA nominations

Guillermo del Toro's fantasy "The Shape of Water" leads the field for next month's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards after securing 12 nominations on Tuesday.

Best-picture nominees are "The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards", "The Darkest Hour", World War II drama "Dunkirk" and lush romance "Call Me By Your Name".

"The Shape of Water" was also nominated for best film, cinematography, costume design and visual effects.

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"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". She is up against a fellow Golden Globe victor, Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird"), Annette Bening ("Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool"), Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya") and Sally Hawkins ("The Shape of Water"). The nominations in the Documentary category are "City of Ghosts", "I Am Not Your Negro", "Icarus", "An Inconvenient Sequel" and "Jane".

Best-actor contenders are Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Daniel Kaluuya, Jamie Bell and Timothee Chalamet. Their fellow nominees are Tessa Thompson, Florence Pugh, and Josh O'Connor. The BAFTA Awards will be held on February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

The ceremony will be hosted by "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley, who is taking over from longtime master of ceremonies Stephen Fry.

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