'The Shape of Water' leads nominations for Bafta awards

Sally Hawkins in 'The Shape of Water' star and Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards' got Leading Actress nominations.

Actors Sally Hawkins and Frances McDormand (both C) with Fox Searchlight Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum (L) and Matthew Greenfield (R) attend FOX, FX and Hulu 2018 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - 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.

World War II drama The Darkest Hour and comedy-drama _Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri _each got nine nominations. Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk both received eight.

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water star and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards got Leading Actress nominations. Daniel Day-Lewis and Gary Oldman were among the nominations for Leading Actor.

“I am incredibly humbled by such a nomination. It is very special to be honoured by Bafta. It feels like a gift from my homeland and I am very touched by it,” Hawkins, who is British, said in a statement.

_The Shape of Water _was also nominated for best film, cinematography, costume design and visual effects. Del Toro was nominated for both directing and original screenplay awards.

Christopher Plummer received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World. Plummer took the role on four days notice after Scott decided to cut a completed performance by Kevin Spacey following allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.

The Death of Stalin,”was nominated for Outstanding British Film, on a list that included Lady Macbeth, God’s Own Country, and _Three Billboards, _which was directed by Briton Martin McDonagh.

Both Three Billboards, and The Shape of Water, have awards momentum behind them, both having won in major categories at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday.