The glittering red carpet in London returns for the BAFTA Awards

The 75th British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Lady Gaga with guests arrives at the 75th British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on March 13, 2022 in London, Britain. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

March 13, 2022

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) – The British Academy Film Awards returned as a glamorous in-person event on Sunday, with stars including Lady Gaga and Benedict Cumberbatch walking the red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Australian actress and comedian Rebel Wilson will host this year’s ceremony known as BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) following a virtual event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sci-fi epic Dune, a mammoth adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, leads the nominations with 11 nominations, mostly in the creative and technical categories.

The dark western The Might of the Dog follows with eight nominations and Belfast, Kenneth Brannagh’s semi-autobiographical black-and-white comedy-drama set at the start of the three-decade conflict in Northern Ireland, has six.

All three compete for the night’s grand prize, Best Picture, with the coming-of-age story Licorice Pizza and Don’t Look Up, a humorous warning about climate change.

Singer Shirley Bassey will open the show and perform in honor of the 60th birthday.

Not all of the nominees are in attendance, including The Power of the Dog director Jane Campion and Will Smith in the running for the lead role as the father of tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard.

Leading Actress nominees include Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Emilia Jones (CODA), Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World), Joanna Scanlan (After Love”) and Tessa Thompson (“Passing”).

Lead cast nominees also include Cumberbatch (“The Mighty Dog”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Don’t Look Up”), Adeel Akhtar (“Ali & Ava”), Mahershala Ali (“Swan Song”) and Stephen Graham ( “Boiling point”).

Half of this year’s Best Director nominees are women: Campion for The Dog’s Power, Audrey Diwan for Happening, a French drama about illegal abortion in the 1960s, and Julia Ducournau for body horror Titane.

Aleem Khan (“After Love”), Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (“Drive My Car”) and Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”) complete the list.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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