Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has emerged as the front runner for this year’s BAFTA Film Awards with 13 nominations.

The biopic of the creator of the atom bomb has nominations in key categories such as best film, director and leading actor. It has also clocked up a string of nominations in the craft categories including cinematography, editing, sound, production design and original score.

Oppenheimer, Poor Things lead BAFTA nominations

Poor Things has 11 BAFTA nominations

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, starring Emma Stone, is in second place with 11 nominations, ahead of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and Jonathan Glazer’s holocaust drama The Zone of Interest on nine.

French drama Anatomy of a Fall has seven nominations, as has Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers and Bradley Cooper’s Maestro.

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Among the surprises this year, box office hit Barbie – the biggest film of 2023 – has mustered only five nominations and was overlooked in the best film category. Barbie director Greta Gerwig is also overlooked in the directing category.

The best film category comprises Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Oppenheimer and Poor Things.

In the craft categories, cinematography has shortlisted Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Poor Things and The Zone of Interest.

The editing category has Anatomy of a Fall, Killers of the Flower Moon, Oppenheimer, Poor Things and The Zone of Interest.

The special visual effects category, meanwhile, has shortlisted The Creator, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Napoleon and Poor Things.

Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, said: “The 38 films nominated by BAFTA voters today span an extraordinary range of genres and stories. The field this year is incredibly strong. More films were entered, making the selection process particularly tough for our voting members. The films and talented people nominated represent some of the most talked about films of the year, the most critically acclaimed, and films yet to be released and discovered by audiences.”

The winners will be announced on 18 February from the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London.

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