Sci-fi epic blockbuster “Dune” and Jane Campion’s dark Western “The Power Of The Dog” lead the nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga among those up for leading actor awards.
“Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, received eleven nominations Thursday including best film, cinematography and original score. “The Power of the Dog,” set in 1920s Montana and starring Cumberbatch as a ranch owner, follows close behind with eight nominations, including best director and best film.
Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” which tells of a childhood in Northern Ireland during the bloody conflict known as The Troubles, was also nominated for best film and five other categories. But Branagh did not make it onto the best director list.
The other two contenders for best film are “Don’t Look Up,” the disaster comedy starring DiCaprio, and coming-of-age drama “Licorice Pizza.”
“Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, received eleven nominations.©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett C
DiCaprio and Cumberbatch are among those nominated in the leading actor category, along with Will Smith, who received his first BAFTA nomination for his role as the father of Serena and Venus Williams in “King Richard.”
The leading actress list included Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci,” Alana Haim for “Licorice Pizza” and Emilia Jones for “Coda.”
Daniel Craig’s last James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” both received five nominations.
Will Smith recently scored a Golden Globe for “King Richard.”©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett C
In keeping with recent years, most acting nominations have gone to non-British performers.
The annual film awards celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and the ceremony will be hosted by Rebel Wilson at the Royal Albert Hall in London on March 13.
Last year’s ceremony was mostly carried out online, with just the hosts and presenters appearing in person.