'La La Land' leads race for British Academy Film Awards

Damien Chazelle is nominated for both Director and Original Screenplay and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for Leading Actor and Leading Actress.

The film faces competition at the Baftas from Arrival and Nocturnal Animals, with nine nominations each, and Manchester by the Sea with six nominations.

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However, only one film features in both categories, Best Film and Outstanding British Film, Ken Loach's angry polemic about one man's struggle with the cruelties and incomprehensibilities of the benefits system, I, Daniel Blake, which in December took the Evening Standard Best Film Award.

Best-actor nominees, announced Tuesday, are Andrew Garfield, Casey Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Gosling and Viggo Mortensen.

-The BAFTA award nominations have been announced and while numerous possible recipients echo the movies that have been nominated for prizes in the United States, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts also chose to honor the acclaimed film "I, Daniel Blake", which taps into the working-class frustrations that are spinning politics into an upheaval across the U.S. and Europe.

Australian Nicole Kidman has a best supporting actress nod for her role in Lion, for which she was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

London-born Patel said it was an honor to be recognized in his home city.

The nominations follow last week's unveiling of the five actors in contention for this year's Rising Star prize, with Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga making the coveted list.

The 2017 Bafta Film Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 12 February.

A full list of nominations and submitted them films can be found on the official website of the award.

  • Jacqueline Ellis