London: Fantasy film “The Shape of Water” gained 12 nominations at this year’s Baftas, announced Tuesday, leading the pack as the movie awards season gets under way.
Steeped in Cold War secrecy, the tale of a cleaner at a US government lab — and the Russians who are after her discovery — is in the running for awards including best film and special visual effects.
Guillermo del Toro is also nominated as best director for his film, which picked up two gongs at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
But despite winning best original score and best director at the Hollywood ceremony, “The Shape of Water” failed to convert nominations to wins in five other categories.
Mirroring the Golden Globes’ picks, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) showered crime drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” with nine nominations after the movie picked up four trophies on Sunday. – AFP