Dune, Power of the Dog and Belfast dominate BAFTA Film Award nominations

The sci-fi epic Dune is leading the pack ahead of next month’s BAFTA Film Awards, having secured eleven nominations. But other than Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay, for its director Denis Villeneuve, the rest of the nominations are in the technical categories, such as cinematography, costume design and visual effects, with Villeneuve himself missing out on a directing nod.

Jane Campion’s western The Power of the Dog has eight nominations, including Best Film. Campion herself is one of three women in the running for the Best Director prize. Her film has also secured nominations for Best Leading Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, with Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee up against each other in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical Belfast is up for six awards, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Caitríona Balfe and Ciarán Hinds are nominated in the supporting categories, while Sir Kenneth himself was recognised for his Original Screenplay, although he missed out on a directing nomination.

The other two films up for the top award of Best Film are Adam McKay’s satirical Don’t Look Up – which also sees Leonardo DiCaprio secure a Best Leading Actor nomination – and Licorice Pizza, which has a Best Leading Actress nod for the singer Alana Haim.

Only two of the Best Film nominees have their directors in the running for the Best Director prize, with Villeneuve, Branagh and McKay losing out to Titane’s Julia Ducournau, Happening’s Audrey Diwan, Drive My Car’s Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Aleem Khan, who directed the BFI-backed drama After Love.

Cumberbatch and DiCaprio have competition from Will Smith, for King Richard and Swan Song’s Mahershala Ali. Two smaller films, Boiling Point and Ali & Ava, which are both up for Outstanding British Film, also see their lead actors, Stephen Graham and Adeel Akhtar, challenging the global stars. But there was nothing for Denzel Washington for his lead performance in The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Lady Gaga is among the best dramatic actress nominees for The House of Gucci

The leading actress category contains two of the big omissions, with recognition for neither The Lost Daughter‘s Olivia Colman or Kristen Stewart, for her acclaimed portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer.  Those in the running include Lady Gaga for House of Gucci, deaf actress Emilia Jones for Coda, Passing’s Tessa Thompson, Renate Reinsve for The Worst Person In The World and the acclaimed TV actress Joanna Scanlan for another low-budget British hit After Love.

With both After Love and Ali & Ava being backed by the BFI, the head of its Film Fund, Mia Bays, said their multiple nominations marked “a monumental achievement” during an “incredibly tough period” for the industry.

BBC Film also backed After Love and Ali & Ava, in addition to The Power of the Dog and Andrea Arnold’s nominated documentary Cow. The Director of BBC Film, Rose Garnett, said, “We’re so thrilled that the incredible work of talent on BBC Film-backed titles, including The Power of The Dog, After Love, Ali & Ava and Cow, has been recognised by Bafta voters. The breadth of nominations reflect our support for British filmmaking talent at every level, and our international partnerships to help bring outstanding storytelling to audiences in the UK and across the globe.”

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 13th March, with the winners chosen from the following full list of nominees:

Best Film
Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
The Power Of The Dog

Outstanding British Film
After Love
Ali & Ava
Boiling Point
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
House Of Gucci
Last Night In Soho
No Time To Die

After Love, Aleem Khan
Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Happening, Audrey Diwan
Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Power Of The Dog, Jane Campion
Titane, Julia Ducournau

Leading Actress
Lady Gaga, House Of Gucci
Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones, Coda
Renate Reinsve, The Worst Person In The World
Joanna Scanlan, After Love
Tessa Thompson, Passing

Leading Actor
Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava
Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power Of The Dog
Leonardo Dicaprio, Don’t Look Up
Stephen Graham, Boiling Point
Will Smith, King Richard

Supporting Actress
Caitríona Balfe, Belfast
Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter
Ariana Debose, West Side Story
Ann Dowd, Mass
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard
Ruth Negga, Passing

Supporting Actor
Mike Faist, West Side Story
Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
Troy Kotsur, Coda
Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon
Jesse Plemons, The Power Of The Dog
Kodi Smit-Mcphee, The Power Of The Dog

Original Screenplay
Being The Ricardos, Aaron Sorkin
Belfast, Kenneth Branagh
Don’t Look Up, Adam Mckay
King Richard, Zach Baylin
Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay
Coda, Siân Heder
Drive My Car, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Dune, Denis Villeneuve
The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Power Of The Dog, Jane Campion

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
After Love, Aleem Khan (writer/director)
Boiling Point, James Cummings (writer), Hester Ruoff (producer) [also written by Philip Barantini and produced by Bart Ruspoli] The Harder They Fall, Jeymes Samuel (writer/director) [Also written by Boaz Yakin] Keyboard Fantasies, Posy Dixon (writer/director), Liv Proctor (producer)
Passing, Rebecca Hall (writer/director)

Film Not In The English Language
Drive My Car
The Hand Of God
Parallel Mothers
Petite Maman
The Worst Person In The World

Becoming Cousteau
The Rescue
Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Animated Film
The Mitchells Vs The Machines

Original Score
Being The Ricardos, Daniel Pemberton
Don’t Look Up, Nicholas Britell
Dune, Hans Zimmer
The French Dispatch, Alexandre Desplat
The Power Of The Dog, Jonny Greenwood

Boiling Point, Carolyn Mcleod
Dune, Francine, Maisler
The Hand Of God, Massimo Appolloni, Annamaria Sambucco
King Richard, Rich Delia, Avy Kaufman
West Side Story, Cindy Tolan

Dune Greig, Fraser
Nightmare Alley, Dan Laustsen
No Time To Die, Linus Sandgren
The Power Of The Dog, Ari Wegner
The Tragedy Of Macbeth, Bruno Delbonnel

Belfast, Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
Dune, Joe Walker
Licorice Pizza, Andy Jurgensen
No Time To Die, Tom Cross, Elliot Graham
Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), Joshua L. Pearson

Production Design
Cyrano, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
Dune, Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos
The French Dispatch, Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo
Nightmare Alley, Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau
West Side Story, Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo

Costume Design
Cruella, Jenny Beavan
Cyrano, Massimo Cantini Parrini
Dune, Robert Morgan, Jacqueline West
The French Dispatch, Milena Canonero
Nightmare Alley, Luis Sequeira

Make Up & Hair
Cruella, Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne
Cyrano, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Siân Miller
Dune, Love Larson, Donald Mowat
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
House Of Gucci, Frederic Aspiras, Jane Carboni, Giuliano Mariana, Sarah Nicole Tanno

Dune, Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett
Last Night In Soho, Colin Nicolson, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, Dan Morgan
No Time To Die, James Harrison, Simon Hayes, Paul Massey, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
A Quiet Place Part II, Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, Ethan Van Der Ryn
West Side Story, Brian Chumney, Tod Maitland, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom

Special Visual Effects
Dune, Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer
Free Guy, Swen Gillberg, Brian Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Daniel Sudick
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Aharon Bourland, Sheena Duggal, Pier Lefebvre, Alessandro Ongaro
The Matrix Resurrections, Tom Debenham, Hew J Evans, Dan Glass, J. D. Schwaim
No Time To Die, Mark Bokowski, Chris Corbould, Joel Green, Charlie Noble

British Short Animation
Affairs Of The Art, Joanna Quinn, Les Mills
Do Not Feed The Pigeons, Jordi Morera
Night Of The Living Dread, Ida Melum, Danielle Goff, Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso

British Short Film
The Black Cop, Cherish Oteka
Femme, Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, Sam Ritzenberg, Hayley Williams
The Palace, Jo Prichard
Stuffed, Theo Rhys, Joss Holden-Rea
Three Meetings Of The Extraordinary Committee, Michael Woodward, Max Barron, Daniel Wheldon

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Ariana Debose
Harris Dickinson
Lashana Lynch
Millicent Simmonds
Kodi Smit-Mcphee

Number of nominations by film:

Dune 11

The Power of the Dog 8 in 7 categories

Belfast 6

Licorice Pizza 5

Boiling Point 4

Cyrano 4

Passing 4

Don’t Look Up 4

After Love 4

King Richard 4

House of Gucci 3

Ali & Ava 2