Denis Villeneuve nabs BAFTA nom

Blade Runner 2049 garnered eight nominations, including a best director nod for the French-Canadian filmmaker.

shutterstock_Denis VilleneuveOscar-nominated filmmaker and Quebec native Denis Villeneuve has nabbed a BAFTA nomination for Blade Runner 2049.  

Villeneuve will compete for the best director prize against Call Me By Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino, Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan, Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro (who just won the Golden Globe) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri‘s Martin McDonagh.

The sequel to the 1982 classic sci fi film has been nominated for eight British Academy Film Awards in total, including best cinematography for frequent Villeneuve collaborator Roger Deakins, editing for Joe Walker and special visual effects for Gerd Nefzer and John Nelson.

Toronto-shot The Shape of Water garnered 12 nominations, including best film and original screenplay.

Meanwhile, Christopher Plummer is nominated for best actor for his work on All the Money in the World. The veteran Canadian actor replaced Kevin Spacey, who was cut from the finished film following allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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