La La Land leads Baftas race, with nominations in 11 categories, after Golden Globes triumph

British awards considered strong indicator of likely Oscars success in February

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 5:25pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 5:25pm

The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical La La Land quick-stepped into an awards-season lead on Tuesday, gaining 11 nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the UK equivalent of the Oscars.

The sweet-tempered Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone romance is up for best picture, director, actor and actress at the British awards, which are considered a strong indicator of likely success at Hollywood’s prize-giving next month.

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The nominations add to the musical’s momentum after it won seven prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Philosophical sci-fi yarn Arrival and psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals have nine nominations each for the UK prizes, known as Baftas.

Best-picture nominees are La La Land; Arrival; welfare-state drama I, Daniel Blake; Miami coming-of-age story Moonlight; and soul-baring domestic drama Manchester by the Sea.

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Best-actor nominees are Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge ; Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea; Jake Gyllenhaal for Nocturnal Animals; Gosling for La La Land; and Viggo Mortensen for Captain Fantastic .

Best-actress contenders are Amy Adams for Arrival; Emily Blunt for The Girl on the Train ; Stone for La La Land; Meryl Streep for Florence Foster Jenkins ; and Natalie Portman for Jackie.

Winners of the British trophies will be announced at London’s Royal Albert Hall on February 12, two weeks before the Oscars.

The Baftas differ from their US counterpart in having a separate category for best British film. Nominees are I, Daniel Blake; raucous road trip American Honey; courtroom drama Denial; wizarding adventure Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ; documentary Notes on Blindness; and Iran-set horror film Under the Shadow.