BAFTA Awards 2017: Nominations And Our Predictions

La La Land
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Stars of the big screen will be gracing the red carpet in London this weekend for one of the biggest events of the showbiz calendar – the 70th British Academy Film Awards.

But who will we walking away with a covered BAFTA? Given that La La Land has a whopping 11 nominations, it is likely the movie will clean up!

Here are just some of this year’s nominations and our predictions:

Best Film

Nominations: Arrival, La La Land, Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight, I, Daniel Blake.

We say: While La La Land is predicted to walk it, Manchester By The Sea could be the dark horse at this year’s BAFTAs. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival only last month, the emotional US drama has managed to rack up a serious amount of praise and buzz. Put it this way, we won’t be utterly gobsmacked if it wins…although we think La La Land has this in the bag.

Outstanding British Film 

Nominations: American Honey – Denial – Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – I, Daniel Blake – Notes On Blindness – Under The Shadow

We say: Obviously we have all these British films’ backs, but we think Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them deserves this gong. The movie is set in New York, where writer Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) discovers a secret community of witches and wizards. Newt later ends up writing the text book that Harry Potter and his pals study at Hogwards. Given this alone, we think it deserves a BAFTA!

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Leading Actress

Nominations: Amy Adams: Arrival, Emily Blunt: The Girl On The Train, Emma Stone: La La Land, Meryl Streep: Florence Foster Jenkins, Natalie Portman – Jackie.

We say: Seriously, could this category be any fiercer?! Natalie Portman’s portrayal of First Lady Jackie Kennedy has won huge acclaim, being described by critics as “mesmerising” and “compelling”. She is also a frontrunner for an Oscar later this month. BUT, she faces stiff competition from Emma Stone…who is also up for an Oscar. It’s a tough one, but our money is on Emma. She has already won Best Actress at both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for her role of Mia. Can she make it a hat-trick?

Leading Actor

Nominations: Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge, Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea, Jake Gyllenhaal – Nocturnal Animals, Ryan Gosling – La La Land, Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic.

We say: Casey Affleck, brother of Hollywood A-lister Ben, is the bookies’ favourite to walk away with this gong. Starring as a grieving brother, who returns home to deal with the fallout from his sibling’s death, Casey has seriously impressed critics around the world with his take on the emotional and gritty role. Although Ryan Gosling is up there, we think Casey will clinch this one.

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Supporting Actor

Nominations: Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals, Dev Patel – Lion, Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water, Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jones, Mahershala Ali – Moonlight.

We say: ‘House Of Cards’ star Mahershala Ali has the best odds for this one, at 1/4. Not bad, eh?! Mahershala plays Miami drug dealer Juan, who becomes a father figure to a boy struggling with his sexuality, and he has already received mega praise for his portrayal. We definitely think this break-out star is worthy of the gong.

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Supporting Actress

Nominations: Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea, Naomie Harris – Moonlight, Nicole Kidman – Lion, Viola Davis – Fences, Hayley Squires – I, Daniel Blake.

We say: Although Michelle Williams is nipping at her heels, we think Viola Davis will walk away with this gong. Her portrayal of Rose Maxson, a 1950s Pittsburgh wife and mother struggling to hold her family together, is pretty damn good – and it is no surprise. As well as being a brilliant actress, Viola and her co-star Denzel Washington both won Tony awards in 2010 for the same roles in the reprisal of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play (of the same name) on which Fences is based.

EE Rising Star

Nominations: Anya Taylor-Joy, Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga

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We say: Quite frankly, anyone who makes it into this category deserves a mega pat on the back. All these up and coming stars are worthy winners so, rather than pick one, we’re going to sit back and see who gets it!

Animated Film

Nominations: Finding Dory, Kubo And The Two Strings, Moana, Zootropolis.

We say: We heart an animated flick, but we reckon Finding Dory will make the biggest splash at this year’s BAFTAs. The Pixar and Disney movie scored a record-breaking $136. 2 million on its opening weekend. Need we say more?

The 70th British Academy Film Awards, 9-11pm, BBC One, Sunday 12 February.