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‘Dune,’ ‘Energy of the Canine’ Lead Race for BAFTA Movie Awards | Leisure Information


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By JILL LAWLESS, Related Press

LONDON (AP) — Sci-fi epic “Dune” and darkish western “The Energy of the Canine” lead the race because the British Academy Movie Awards return Sunday with a dwell, black-tie ceremony after a pandemic-curtailed occasion in 2021.

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Performing nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Woman Gaga are among the many stars anticipated on the crimson carpet at London’s Royal Albert Corridor earlier than a ceremony hosted by Insurgent Wilson. Final yr’s occasion was largely performed on-line, with solely the hosts and presenters showing in particular person.

Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, has 11 nominations together with greatest movie, cinematography and unique rating. Jane Campion’s “The Energy of the Canine,” set in Twenties Montana and starring Cumberbatch as a ranch proprietor, has eight together with greatest director and greatest movie.

If Campion takes the directing trophy she shall be solely the third feminine winner in that class, however the second in two years after Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” in 2021.

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Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” the story of a childhood overshadowed by Northern Eire’s violent “Troubles,” has six nominations together with greatest movie. Daniel Craig’s remaining James Bond thriller, “No Time to Die,” Steven Spielberg’s musical “West Facet Story” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming-of-age drama “Licorice Pizza” have 5 nominations apiece.

Finest-picture nominees are “Dune,” “The Energy of the Canine,” “Belfast,” “Licorice Pizza” and catastrophe comedy “Don’t Look Up.”

The separate class of greatest British movie contains “After Love,” “Ali & Ava,” “Belfast,” “Boiling Level,” “Cyrano,” “Everyone’s Speaking About Jamie,” “Home of Gucci,” “Final Night time in Soho,” “No Time to Die” and “Passing.”

The contenders for greatest actor are Cumberbatch, Adeel Akhtar for “Ali & Ava,” Mahershala Ali for “Swan Music,” Stephen Graham for “Boiling Level,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “Don’t Look Up” and Will Smith for “King Richard”

Main actress nominees are Woman Gaga for “Home of Gucci,” Alana Haim for “Licorice Pizza,” Emilia Jones for “Coda,” Renate Reinsve for “The Worst Particular person in The World,” Joanna Scanlan for “After Love” and Tessa Thompson for “Passing.” The class is probably the most unpredictable of the evening, with acclaimed performances by Kristen Stewart in Princess Diana biopic “Spencer” and Olivia Colman in “The Misplaced Daughter” neglected for nomination.

The British movie academy has expanded its voting membership and shaken up its guidelines in recent times in an try to deal with a obvious lack of variety within the nominations. In 2020, no girls had been nominated as greatest director for a seventh consecutive yr, and all 20 nominees within the lead and supporting performer classes had been white.

Awards organizers say they’re dedicated to supporting new expertise, and this yr all of the performers within the supporting actor class are first-time nominees. They embody Woody Norman for “C’mon C’mon” — at 11 years outdated the youngest nominee of the yr — and Ariana DeBose, who performs Anita in “West Facet Story.”

The British awards, referred to as the BAFTAs, are often held every week or two earlier than the Academy Awards and have develop into an essential awards-season staging publish. This yr’s Oscars happen March 27.

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