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By Yasmin Rufo
BBC News

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer leads this year’s Bafta Film Award nominations with a total of 13.

They include one for Cillian Murphy for playing J Robert Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist described as the father of the atomic bomb.

Oppenheimer’s summer box office rival Barbie received five nominations, level with cult hit drama Saltburn.

Elsewhere, Poor Things has 11 nods, while Killers of the Flower Moon and The Zone of Interest both have nine.

The top nominees

13 – 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

See the full list of nominations

Barbenheimer battle

Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, missed out on a nomination for best film

Nolan’s three-hour epic Oppenheimer, which has already won eight Critics Choice Awards and five Golden Globes, is up for best film, director and adapted screenplay, among other awards.

Robert Downey Jr is also nominated for his supporting role and is the frontrunner to win at the Oscars.

However, despite being the top grossing film of 2023 and getting glowing reviews, Barbie, about the doll’s feminist awakening, missed out on a nomination for best film.

Greta Gerwig failed to make the shortlist for best director, which features only one woman, Justine Triet for Anatomy of a Fall.

Barbie’s nominations included best actress for Margot Robbie and best supporting actor for Ryan Gosling.

Paul Mescal (right) is nominated for All of us Strangers, but co-star Andrew Scott missed out

Other directors nominated include Britain’s Andrew Haigh for All of Us Strangers and Jonathan Glazer for The Zone of Interest.

The Zone of Interest is also nominated for outstanding British film and best adapted screenplay. The German-language film follows the life of a Nazi commandant who lives with his family near the Auschwitz concentration camp.

All of Us Strangers, a romantic fantasy film that has earned a nomination for Paul Mescal, is also up for outstanding British film, alongside Wonka and Napoleon.

Which other actors are nominated?

Bradley Cooper is nominated as leading actor and best director

Bradley Cooper is nominated for both best leading actor and director for Maestro, his biopic of US conductor Leonard Bernstein.

The film tracks Bernstein’s relationship with actress Felicia Montealegre, played by Carey Mulligan, who is up for best leading actress.

Barry Keoghan plays an Oxford University student in Saltburn

Saltburn’s Barry Keoghan has also made it onto the shortlist for best actor, and Rosamund Pike and Jacob Elordi have received nominations for their supporting roles.

Emerald Fennell’s psychological thriller is also nominated for outstanding British film.

The story follows a wealthy university student who takes a friend home for the summer, and has sparked a reaction for its explicit scenes.

The other nominees in the best actor category are Teo Yoo for Past Lives, Colman Domingo for Rustin and Paul Giamatti for The Holdovers.

Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things is one of the Oscar-tipped films

In the leading actress list, Emma Stone is nominated for her role in Poor Things.

Stone plays Bella, a woman brought back to life using the brain of her unborn child by an unconventional scientist.

The film won seven Golden Globes earlier this month, including Stone who won best actress in a comedy or musical.

The Color Purple, a new musical film version of Alice Walker’s classic 1982 novel, has two nominations, including one for Fantasia Barrino, who plays lead character Celie.

The other nominees for lead actress are Sandra Huller for Anatomy of a Fall and Vivian Oparah for Rye Lane.

Who missed out?

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio are both nominated for Killers of the Flower Moon

There are some notable absences in this year’s Bafta nominations.

While Killers of the Flower Moon received nine nominations, director Martin Scorsese, lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio and lead actress Lily Gladstone all failed to make the cut.

In January, Gladstone won the Golden Globe for best actress, making her the first indigenous actress to win the award.

British film One Life, which stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as a stockbroker who helped save 669 children from the Nazis in World War Two, failed to be nominated.

The Bafta Film Awards 2024 will take place on 18 February at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in London. The ceremony will be hosted by David Tennant.

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