La La Land' leads BAFTA with 11 nominations

London: "La La Land", director Damien Chazelle's love letter to classic Hollywood musicals, continued its award season triumph by bagging 11 nominations at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).  The movie, which bagged a record seven trophies at the just-concluded Golden Globes, seems set to dominate Baftas as well because it has been nominated in every major category. 

Director Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama "Arrival" and Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" are close on heels with nine apiece. 
"La La Land", starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two aspiring artists finding romance in Hollywood, has cemented its chances at the next month's Oscars with by notching up awards and nominations. 

Both "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals" were neglected in the award shows so far despite the critical-acclaim coming their way, reported the Guardian. 

Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea", which won Casey Affleck the best actor - drama at the Globes, earned six nominations at Bafta. 

"I, Daniel Blake", veteran director Ken Loach's poignant story of an unwell carpenter battling the benefits system, leads the British pack with five nominations. 

Its numbers are matched by Harry Potter spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", Mel Gibson's war story "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Lion", starring British-Indian Dev Patel in the lead role. 

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