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'The Shape of Water' leads Bafta Film Awards with 12 nods

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Guillermo Del Toro's fantasy drama "The Shape of Water", about a lab cleaning lady who develops a bond with a sea monster, earned an impressive 12 nominations at this year's

The critically-acclaimed film also helped del Toro win for Best last night though it faces tough competition from Martin McDonagh's Best Picture winner "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour" and Christopher Nolan's World War II drama "Dunkirk".

"The Shape of Water" landed nods for the Best Film and Best for del Toro, Best for and Best Supporting for

Hawkins will fight it out with Annette Bening, Golden Globe Best (dramawinner ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), "I, Tonya" star Margot Robbie and ("Lady Bird"), who also won the Best (comedy/musicalGlobe.

"Three Billboards..." and "Darkest Hour" have nine nominations each. "Dunkirk" has also faired well with eight nods, including Best Film and Best for Nolan.

"2049" may have bombed at the box office but it scored well at with eight nods, including one for

"I, Tonya", the biopic of disgraced figure Tonya Harding, was largely ignored at but it earned five nominations.

Golden Globe-winner is nominated in the Best Supporting category for her role of an abusive mother in "I, Tonya".

Paul Thomas Anderson's costume drama "Phantom Thread" also earned five nominations, including the Best nod for Daniel Day-Lewis, who has announced his retirement from acting.

Day-Lewis will face-off with Gary Oldman, this year's winner.

Other nominees in the category are, ("Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool"), Timothee Chalamet ("Call Me By Your Name") and Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out"). Kaluuya has also made it to the list of EE Rising Star award.

Veteran has taken the charge from to host the 71st EE

"Paddington 2" has scored three nominations, including a Best Supporting nod for

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool", a drama about Hollywood star Gloria Grahame last days, earned three surprise nominations, including Bening's Best and Bell's Best nods.

Armando Iannucci's Soviet drama "The Death of Stalin" earned two nominations, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film.

Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post", starring and Tom Hanks, failed to garner a single nomination at after being shut-out at the Golden Globes.

The awards will take place on February 18 at the Royal Albert Hall.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 16:50 IST