BAFTA Nominations: Snubs and Suprises

It’s the first major awards show with technical categories, and one of the only big-award occasions to see some smaller indie films, in the British-only categories.

I, Daniel Blake made it big for British films, but overall the Outstanding British Film nominations were a little unimpressive. La La Land got the most nominations again with 11, Nocturnal Animals and Arrival each picked up 9, and Manchester by the Sea had 6. Apparently Amy Adams is a nomination magnet this year, starring in both 9-nom films.

After Golden Globes success in the diversity department, BAFTAs really failed to impress. Denzel Washington was snubbed for actor and director, and his film Fences only picked up for Viola Davis’ Golden Globes-winning turn. Barry Jenkins, Moonlight director, also missed out along with all the ladies from Hidden Figures. That shouldn’t be a big indication for Oscars success (or lack thereof), as each of those stories have a greater appeal in American theatres.

Check out the full list below, plus a look into what this means for the Oscars.

La La Land topped the nominees list again, this time with 11, but are they peaking too early? After stunning Golden Globes success they’ve received some backlash – as is common for movies with early leads – and that might turn voters off for upcoming competitions here, at the SAG awards, and in the pivotal Oscars race.

Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) was certainly a surprise nominee for me, knocking out hopefuls including . Elle‘s Isabelle Huppert, winner of the Globe, wasn’t eligible here due to differing cut off dates; however both Ruth Negga for Loving and Annette Benning in 20th Century Women could have made it in. I hope Blunt doesn’t take the nomination from one of the many other deserving actresses in the Oscars – but indication from here and SAG nominations means she might.

Best film

  • Arrival
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • La La Land
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Outstanding British film

  • American Honey
  • Denial
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Notes on Blindness
  • Under the Shadow


  • Damien Chazelle – La La Land
  • Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
  • Ken Loach – I, Daniel Blake
  • Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Leading actress

  • Amy Adams – Arrival
  • Emily Blunt – The Girl on the Train
  • Natalie Portman – Jackie
  • Emma Stone – La La Land
  • Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Leading actor

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

Supporting actress

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

Supporting actor

  • Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
  • Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Dev Patel – Lion
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals

Original screenplay

  • Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
  • I, Daniel Blake – Paul Laverty
  • La La Land – Damien Chazelle
  • Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Adapted screenplay

  • Arrival – Eric Heisserer
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
  • Hidden Figures – Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
  • Lion – Luke Davies
  • Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • The Girl with All the Gifts – Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer)
  • The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)
  • Notes on Blindness – Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)
  • The Pass – John Donnelly (writer), Ben A William (director)
  • Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)

Film not in the English language

  • Dheepan – Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux
  • Julieta – Pedro Almodovar
  • Mustang – Deniz Gamze Erguven, Charles Gillibert
  • Son of Saul – Laszlo Nemes, Gabor Sipos
  • Toni Erdmann – Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski


  • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
  • The Eagle Huntress
  • Notes on Blindness
  • 13th
  • Weiner

Animated film

  • Finding Dory
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootropolis (Zootopia for Americans)

Original music

  • Arrival – Johann Johannsson
  • Jackie – Mica Levi
  • La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
  • Lion – Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka
  • Nocturnal Animals – Abel Korzeniowski


  • Arrival – Bradford Young
  • Hell or High Water – Giles Nuttgens
  • La La Land – Linus Sandgren
  • Lion – Greig Fraser
  • Nocturnal Animals – Seamus McGarvey


  • Arrival – Joe Walker
  • Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
  • La La Land – Tom Cross
  • Manchester by the Sea – Jennifer Lame
  • Nocturnal Animals – Joan Sobel

Production design

  • Doctor Strange – John Bush, Charles Wood
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
  • Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
  • La La Land – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
  • Nocturnal Animals – Shane Valentino, Meg Everist

Costume design

  • Allied – Joanna Johnston
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Colleen Atwood
  • Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle
  • Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
  • La La Land – Mary Zophres

Make-up and hair

  • Doctor Strange – Jeremy Woodhead
  • Florence Foster Jenkins – J Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Shane Thomas
  • Nocturnal Animals – Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Nominees to be confirmed


  • Arrival – Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariepy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare
  • Deepwater Horizon – Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp
  • Hacksaw Ridge – Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright
  • La La Land – Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A Morrow, Andy Nelson

Special visual effects

  • Arrival – Louis Morin
  • Doctor Strange – Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins
  • The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner

British short animation

  • The Alan Dimension – Jac Clinch, Jonathan Harbottle, Millie Marsh
  • A Love Story – Khaled Gad, Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Elena Ruscombe-King
  • Tough – Jennifer Zheng

British short film

  • Consumed – Richard John Seymour
  • Home – Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
  • Mouth of Hell – Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
  • The Party – Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
  • Standby – Charlotte Regan, Jack Hannon

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)

  • Laia Costa
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Tom Holland
  • Ruth Negga
  • Anya Taylor-Joy