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
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.
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.
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 .
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.