The Banshees of Inisherin and All Quiet on The Western Front lead the nominations for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards.
The nominations were announced Thursday by Hayley Atwell and Toheeb Jimoh, ahead of next month’s ceremony for the 76th Annual Film Awards, which is scheduled to be hosted by actor Richard E Grant and television presenter Alison Hammond.
The two films compete for best film alongside Elvis, Everything, Everywhere All At Once and Tar.
Recognition: Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front leads this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards nominations
All Quiet on The Western Front leads with 14 nominations, while The Banshees on Inisherin and Everything, Everywhere All At Once follow closely with 10, while Elvis received nine and Tar five nominations.
Over 7,000 critics took part to nominate the best films in a variety of different categories – from best actor to production design.
All Quiet On The Western Front is a 2022 epic anti-war film based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.
Nod: Black comedy-drama The Banshees Of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, is close behind at 10 nods
Watch: Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Qua in the whimsical sci-fi thriller Everything Everywhere All At Once
Directed by Edward Berger, Felix Kammerer, Albrecht Schuch, Daniel Brühl, Sebastian Hülk, Aaron Hilmer, Edin Hasanovic and Devid Striesow can be seen in the leading roles.
The Banshees of Inisherin is about two lifelong friends (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who “reach an impasse when one of them abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.”
In the Best Director category, four of the six are first-time director nominees: Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King); Todd Field (Tár), Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once) and Edward Berger (All Quiet on the Western Front).
There were four nominations for Aftersun; The Batman; Good luck to you, Leo Grande; Top Gun: Maverick and The Whale and three nominations for Babylon; realm of light; Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro; Living or Triangle of Sadness.
There were four nominations for Aftersun; The Batman; Good luck to you, Leo Grande; Top Gun: Maverick and the Whale (Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick)
Margot Robbie in Babylon, who landed three nods
The most nominated film, All Quiet on the Western Front (14), equates to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2001) as the most nominated non-English language film in BAFTA history.
The following UK shorts were nominated: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse; middle guard; Your mountain is waiting; The Ballad of Olive Morris; Bazigaga; bus girl; A bang and an Irish farewell.
Host Richard, 65, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the crime biography Can You Ever Forgive Me?, said: “I feel very privileged to host the EE Baftas for the first time and to have the opportunity to the best of them to celebrate the extraordinary breadth of this year’s films.”
He first rose to prominence in 1987 playing an unfortunate drunk actor in Withnail And I, and has had roles in Gosford Park, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Downton Abbey.
Talented: Actor Richard E Grant and TV presenter Alison Hammond will host the 76th Annual Film Awards ceremony at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday February 19th.
Presenters: Film critic Ali Plumb said he was thrilled to host Bafta’s red carpet show alongside his ‘friend’, presenter Vick Hope (pictured), who in turn called him ‘brilliant’.
Alison, meanwhile, is hosting BAFTA Studio, an immersive all-round experience, as part of the BBC One show and film critic Ali Plum on the red carpet with Vick Hope.
The 47-year-old This Morning star said: “I’m so excited to be hosting this year’s EE Bafta Film Awards with THE Richard E Grant.
She added, “We’re going to have a blast bringing the glitz and glamor behind the scenes to all viewers around the world.”
Emma Mackey and Aimee Lou Wood, who play sex education friends Aimee and Maeve, are among the nominees for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award, announced Tuesday.
Naomi Ackie, who recently took on the iconic role of global superstar Whitney Houston in Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, is also on the shortlist.
BAFTA: Naomi Ackie (L) and Emma Mackey (R) lead the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award
Stars: Sex Education’s Aimee Lou Wood (pictured) is also among the nominees
Nominees: Good Luck To You’s Daryl McCormack (right) and Sheila Atim (left), who stars in the recently released historical epic The Woman King, are also in the running
The 30-year-old actress said of her nomination: “I’ve followed and been inspired by the EE BAFTA Film Awards for so many years, so to be recognized in this incredible group of artists is huge!
Daryl McCormack, best known for starring in British comedy-drama Good Luck to You, and Sheila Atim, who stars in recently released historical epic The Woman King, are also in the running for the award.
Now in its 18th year, the award is the only BAFTA to be voted on by the public.
Voting is now open on the BAFTA website and the winner will be announced at the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 19 February.
For the first time, the ceremony will include a live broadcast to announce the final four category winners, having previously been taped and then broadcast on the same day.
The BAFTAs will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on February 19.