BAFTA 2018: Daniel Kaluuya, Octavia Spencer and Get Out earn nominations

Actor Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for Leading Actor and Rising Star for his role in Jordan Peele’s Get Out

The BAFTA 2018 nominations are in and it’s a small win for diversity as Daniel Kaluuya finds himself nominated in two top categories.

Announced on 9 January in London, the nominations feature Kaluuya in the Leading Actor category for his outstanding role in Get Out. The 25-year-old is also up for EE BAFTA Rising Star, competing with Creed actress Tessa Thompson. Get Out earns itself another nod with director Jordan Peele nominated for Original Screenplay.

Also carrying the torch for diversity is Zambian-Welsh director Rungano Nyoni who has received recognition in the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer category for I Am Not a Witch.


Elsewhere, Work, starring Jasmine Breinburg and Taureen Steele, is nominated for Best Short Film  while Raoul Peck’s powerful documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is up for Best Documentary.

Octavia Spencer is the only black actress nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Shape Of Water.

However, many are disappointed that Mudbound was completely snubbed from the nominations. It was widely predicted that Mary J Blige would earn a Best Supporting Actress nod for her acclaimed role in the period drama, while Dee Rees was also a shoo-in for the directing category.

Reacting to Mudbound’s surprising snub, one commented on Twitter: “The phenomenal #DeeRees for #Mudbound. Why she wasn’t nominated I have no idea! Maybe the BAFTAs today will correct that and for #GretaGerwig.”

Another critic chimed in: “I liked Blade Runner 2049 more than most, but nominating it over Ladybird or Mudbound? What’s the deal #BAFTAs?”

While another said: “BAFTA ignoring mudbound. mary j. blige in supporting actor and dee rees in director I’m pissed.”

The BAFTA 2018 nominations come just after the Golden Globes 2018 took place in California.

The 71st BAFTA Film Awards 2018 take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 18 February.

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