Lady Gaga, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Kenneth Branagh are among the stars vying to win the Bafta award on Sunday.
Jane Campion’s fantasy epics Dune and The Power Of The Dog lead nominations for this year’s film awards, which will return in person this year after a largely virtual ceremony in 2021.
Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, has an all-star cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, and leads the ensemble with 11 nods.
The Power Of The Dog received eight nominations, including best director, best picture and three nominations in the acting categories.
Cumberbatch, who plays the cruel rancher Phil in the film, was nominated in the lead actor category, with co-stars Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee both nominated in the supporting actor category.
Pop superstar Lady Gaga is nominated in the best actress category for House Of Gucci, and will compete with Alana Haim for Licorice Pizza, Emilia Jones for Coda, Renate Reinsve for World’s Ugliest, Joanna Scanlan for After Love and Tessa Thompson for Going Through.
This category has no overlap with the Oscar nominees, which already have recognized stars including Kristen Stewart for Spencer, Olivia Colman for The Lost Daughter and Nicole Kidman for Being The Ricardos.
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Sir Kenneth’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast, which focuses on Troubles in Northern Ireland, has six nominations, including best picture, and stars Ciaran Hinds and Caitriona Balfe nod.
Sir Kenneth was absent from the directing category but was recognized for his screenplay.
Gaga will be one of the stars on the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall before she introduces the rising stars at the ceremony.
No Time To Die Lashana star, West Side Story actress Ariana DeBose, A Quiet Place’s Millicent Simmonds, The King’s Man’s Harris Dickinson and Smit-McPhee are among the nominees for the award. The only category at the Bafta Film Awards to be voted on by the community.
Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Tom Hiddleston will be among the stars present at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Rebel Wilson and will feature a performance by Dame Shirley Bassey.
Signers will perform a beloved Bond theme song to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the spy series.
Coda Jones star will also perform live at the ceremony, singing Joni Mitchell’s ballad Both Sides Now, which is featured in the film.
The Duke of Cambridge, the president of Bafta, will not attend this year’s ceremony but has recorded a special video message that will air during the ceremony.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will air on BBC One at 7pm.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/lady-gaga-benedict-cumberbatch-and-kenneth-branagh-in-running-for-baftas-41440670.html Lady Gaga, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kenneth Branagh run for Baftas