"We're absolutely thrilled Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards has been recognized by BAFTA and its members with nine nominations - and following such a successful weekend at the Golden Globes", said Film4 director Daniel Battsek, adding that Film4 had backed all of McDonagh's films to date.
"The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", and "Darkest Hour", lead the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' movie awards, regarded as a bellwether for the Oscars. Timothée Chalamet is nominated for the Best Actor category (as well as the public voted category EE Rising Star), Luca Guadagnino is nominated for Best Director, and the film itself is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film.
Perhaps less of a surprise, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", received a grand total of nine nominations.
Christopher Nolan's World War II thriller, "Dunkirk", and the romantic drama "Call Me By Your Name" rounded out the best film category.
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All five best director nominees were men, and all the nominations for best film and best British film were directed by men. Natalie Portman's words from the Golden Globes will be resounding in the heads of the awards show's PR team on Tuesday morning.
She said: 'It's just so unbelievably thrilling. Gary Oldman was nominated as leading actor and Kristin Scott Thomas as supporting actress, for for their roles as Winston and Clementine Churchill. The awards are often seen as a pointer to the Oscars and the nominations were announced after the Golden Globe awards. Guillermo del Toro was nominated for both best director and original screenplay.
The 71st British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
"Over the last two decades I have especially loved watching the emergence of new young film talent behind and in front of the camera", Fry told the New York Times.