Call Me By Your Name receives four BAFTA nominations

Director Guillermo del Toro on the set of The Shape of Water.     Source Associated Press

They were pushed out of the Bafta category by the likes of Hugh Grant (Paddington 2) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actors Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (who has been cleaning up this awards season).

"I want to thank Bafta so much for asking me to do this, I said yes indecently quickly", Lumley said as she was officially named as host, at the announcement of award nominees.

It was a good morning for Working Title Pictures, which produced not just Darkest Hour, but also Joe Wright's Baby Driver, which has two nominations, and Stephen Frear's Victoria & Abdul, which has one.

"The Shape of Water" received 12 noms, the most of any film.

"We're so delighted to have been recognised by BAFTA for our debut film", said William Oldroyd (Director), Alice Birch (Writer) and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (Producer).

Unlike the Globes, a woman will host this year's event.

She announced that BAFTA, with other industry bodies, was setting out principles and guidelines with the goal to "rest the tone" of the industry.

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The same could also be said for Mary J Blige, whose turn in Mudbound - Netflix's bright spark going into awards season - earned her a Golden Globe nod.

"Blade Runner 2049" received eight nominations, including best director for Denis Villeneuve, who is competing against Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk"), Mr. del Toro ("The Shape of Water") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards")". The awards are often seen as a pointer to the Oscars and the nominations were announced after the Golden Globe awards.

BAFTA also nominated First They Killed My Father for Film Not In The English Language. Guillermo del Toro is nominated for both director and original screenplay, Sally Hawkins for leading actress and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress.

"Darkest Hour" is set in the early days of World War II, when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had to make a decision on whether to negotiate with Hitler. The former is up for best film and Frances McDormand for leading actress.

The 71st British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Joanna Lumley has been confirmed as the host of the 2018 Baftas, after Stephen Fry stepped down.

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