2017 BAFTA Nominations Snubs and Surprises

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Find out who was left off the list of this year's BAFTA nominations and who made surprise appearances. — Michael Rosser

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Denzel Washington in Fences (2016)

Snub: Denzel Washington missed out on a nomination for Fences, in which he starred and also directed. What is perhaps more surprising is that the two-time Oscar winner has never been nominated for a BAFTA. The one BAFTA nomination for Fences came for Viola Davis in the best supporting actress category.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Surprise: Nocturnal Animals racked up an impressive nine nominations, putting it in second place in the BAFTA race alongside Arrival, despite taking just $3.7 million at the UK box office when it was released there in December. This included a best supporting actor nod for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who was a surprise win at the Golden Globes, and a best director nomination for Tom Ford, over the likes of Denzel Washington for Fences and Pablo Larrain for Jackie.

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Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016)

Snub: Martin Scorsese’s Silence was expected to be a serious contender going into awards season, even ahead of its release at the end of last year. But the weighty, religious drama did not secure a single BAFTA nomination. Scorsese’s previous feature, The Wolf of Wall Street, scored four nods in 2014.

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Notes on Blindness (2016)

Surprise: Notes On Blindness, a documentary-drama about how one man dealt with the loss of his sight, has been a critical hit since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Nevertheless, it is a pleasant surprise to see it secure a hat-trick of nominations in the British film, documentary and debut categories.

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Joe Alwyn in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Snub: Ang Lee, who secured nine nominations and two wins at the BAFTAs in 2013 with Life of Pi, was totally overlooked for his latest feature, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. The war drama is notable for using a higher frame rate, giving certain scenes a sharper, more visceral feel. But it was not enough to convince BAFTA voters.

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Alex R. Hibbert in Moonlight (2016)

Surprise: Moonlight is seen as the main competition for La La Land at the upcoming Academy Awards and won the Golden Globe for best drama. But while the coming-of-age movie did secure four BAFTA nominations, it was fewer than expected, missing out on nods for director Barry Jenkins as well as editing, cinematography and music.

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Sasha Lane in American Honey (2016)

Snub: Andrea Arnold’s American Honey made the top 10 list for several film critics in 2016. But the road trip movie, which won two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and a hat-trick of trophies at the British Independent Film Awards, was only nominated for British film of the year. Leading the British charge at this year’s BAFTAs is social drama I, Daniel Blake from veteran director Ken Loach, which has five nods.

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Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train (2016)

Surprise: Could Emily Blunt secure her first Oscar nomination? The odds are now higher after securing a best leading actress nod from BAFTA for her role in The Girl on the Train. Blunt was nominated over the likes of 20th Century Women's Annette Bening, Loving's Ruth Negga, and Hidden Figures' Taraji P. Henson.

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Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Shree Crooks, Nicholas Hamilton, and Charlie Shotwell in Captain Fantastic (2016)

Surprise: Despite being up for a Golden Globe, Viggo Mortensen’s nomination for Captain Fantastic is still something of a surprise, with Tom Hanks missing out in the best actor race for Sully and Denzel Washington being overlooked for Fences.

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Isabelle Huppert in Elle (2016)

Surprise: Some may be surprised not to see Elle on the list, especially following Isabelle Huppert’s win at the Golden Globes. But the film has yet to be released in the UK, making it ineligible for this year’s awards. These release rules are also why older titles such as Son of Saul and Mustang, which competed for Oscars a year ago, are only showing up in the nominations now.

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