Atom-bomb epic Oppenheimer leads the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with nominations in 13 categories including best film — eight more than its box-office rival, Barbie.

Gothic fantasia Poor Things received 11 nominations on the list, while the historical epic Killers of the Flower Moon and Holocaust drama The Zone of Interest had nine each.

Other leading contenders include French courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall, boarding school comedy The Holdovers and Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, with seven nominations each. Grief-flecked love story All of Us Strangers was nominated in six categories and the class-war dramedy Saltburn in five.

Barbie, one half of 2023’s Barbenheimer box office juggernaut, also got five nominations but missed out on nods for Best Picture and Best Director.

The winners will be announced at a February 18 ceremony at London’s Royal Festival Hall hosted by Doctor Who star David Tennant.

The prizes — officially called the EE BAFTA Film Awards — are Britain’s equivalent of Hollywood’s Academy Awards and will be watched closely for hints of who may win at the Oscars on March 10.

The best film race pits Oppenheimer against Poor Things, Killers of the Flower Moon, Anatomy of a Fall and The Holdovers.

Poor Things is also on the 10-strong list for the separate category of best British film, an eclectic slate that includes Saltburn, imperial epic Napoleon, south London romcom Rye Lane and chocolatier origin story Wonka, among others.

Bradley Cooper is nominated as leading actor and best director.

The best leading actor nominees are Bradley Cooper for Maestro, Colman Domingo for Rustin, Paul Giamatti for The Holdovers, Barry Keoghan for Saltburn, Teo Yoo for Past Lives and Cillian Murphy for Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer also received nominations for supporting performers Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr., as well as for Christopher Nolan’s direction and screenplay.

“I couldn’t be happier that the British Academy recognised so many of my collaborators on Oppenheimer, especially Chris Nolan, Murphy said. “Working on the film was an experience I’ll never forget.”

The best leading actress contenders are Fantasia Barrino for The Colour Purple, Sandra Hüller for Anatomy of a Fall, Carey Mulligan for Maestro, Vivian Oparah for Rye Lane, Margot Robbie for Barbie and Emma Stone for Poor Things.

 Emma Stone is nominated for her role in Poor Things.

Harrowing Ukraine war documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, produced by The Associated Press and PBS Frontline, is nominated for best documentary and best film not in the English language.

Britain’s film academy introduced changes to increase the awards’ diversity in 2020, when no women were nominated as best director for the seventh year running and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white.

The voting process was rejigged to add a longlist round in the selection before the final nominees are voted on by the academy’s 8000-strong membership of industry professionals.

Under the new rules, the director longlist had equal numbers of male and female filmmakers, but there is only one woman among the six best-director nominees, Justine Triet for Anatomy of a Fall. She is up against Andrew Haigh for All of Us Strangers, Alexander Payne for The Holdovers, Bradley Cooper for Maestro, Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer and Jonathan Glazer for The Zone of Interest. Barbie director Greta Gerwig was a notable omission, as was Saltburn’s Emerald Fennell.

Fennell said that she was just happy “there are so many women making such exquisite, beautiful work this year”.

“The breadth from Barbie to Past Lives to Anatomy of a Fall to Saltburn — these films are all of them so different, and so beautiful,” she told The Associated Press.

“That is huge to me personally, to see all of these incredible women making such incredible work. That’s the thing that I hope that young women and girls will look and see.”

BAFTA chairwoman Sara Putt said that she was proud of the academy’s work on diversity, but “the playing field is not level”.

“We’re coming at this from a world that is not fair, in that sense,” she said. “For every one film made by a woman, there are three films made by a man.

“So there’s a really long journey to go on.”

Fantasia Barrino as Celie in The Colour Purple.

The top nominees

  • 13 nominations – Oppenheimer
  • 11 – Poor Things
  • 9 – Killers of the Flower Moon and The Zone of Interest
  • 7 – Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers and Maestro
  • 6 – All of Us Strangers
  • 5 – Barbie and Saltburn

The categories

Best film

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Outstanding British film

  • All of Us Strangers
  • How To Have Sex
  • Napoleon
  • The Old Oak
  • Poor Things
  • Rye Lane
  • Saltburn
  • Scrapper
  • Wonka
  • The Zone of Interest

Leading actress

  • Fantasia Barrino – The Color Purple
  • Sandra Hüller – Anatomy of a Fall
  • Carey Mulligan – Maestro
  • Vivian Oparah – Rye Lane
  • Margot Robbie – Barbie
  • Emma Stone – Poor Things
Cillian Murphy and David Krumholtz in Oppenheimer.

Leading actor

  • Bradley Cooper – Maestro
  • Colman Domingo – Rustin
  • Paul Giamatti – The Holdovers
  • Barry Keoghan – Saltburn
  • Cillian Murphy – Oppenheimer
  • Teo Yoo – Past Lives

Supporting actress

  • Emily Blunt – Oppenheimer
  • Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
  • Claire Foy – All of Us Strangers
  • Sandra Hüller – The Zone of Interest
  • Rosamund Pike – Saltburn
  • Da’Vine Joy Randolph – The Holdovers

Supporting actor

  • Robert De Niro – Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Robert Downey Jr – Oppenheimer
  • Jacob Elordi – Saltburn
  • Ryan Gosling – Barbie
  • Paul Mescal – All of Us Strangers
  • Dominic Sessa – The Holdovers

Director

  • All of Us Strangers – Andrew Haigh
  • Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet
  • The Holdovers – Alexander Payne
  • Maestro – Bradley Cooper
  • Oppenheimer – Christopher Nolan
  • The Zone of Interest – Jonathan Glazer

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Blue Bag Life
  • Bobi Wine: The People’s President
  • Earth Mama
  • How To Have Sex
  • Is There Anybody Out There?

Film not in the English language

  • 20 Days In Mariupol
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Past Lives
  • Society of the Snow
  • The Zone of Interest
  • Documentary
  • 20 Days In Mariupol
  • American Symphony
  • Beyond Utopia
  • Still: A Michael J Fox Movie
  • Wham!

Animated film

  • The Boy and the Heron
  • Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
  • Elemental
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Original screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Maestro
  • Past Lives

Adapted screenplay

  • All of Us Strangers
  • American Fiction
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

EE Bafta Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Phoebe Dynevor
  • Ayo Edebiri
  • Jacob Elordi
  • Mia Mckenna-Bruce
  • Sophie Wilde
  • Original score
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • Saltburn
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Casting

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • The Holdovers
  • How To Have Sex
  • Killers of the Flower Moon

Cinematography

  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Costume design

  • Barbie
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Editing

  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Production design

  • Barbie
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Make-up and hair

  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Napoleon
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things

Sound

  • Ferrari
  • Maestro
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Oppenheimer
  • The Zone of Interest

Special visual effects

  • The Creator
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
  • Napoleon
  • Poor Things

British short film

  • Festival of Slaps
  • Gorka
  • Jellyfish and Lobster
  • Such a Lovely Day
  • Yellow

British short animation

  • Crab Day
  • Visible Mending
  • Wild Summon
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