BAFTA Award Nominations: Industry, Nominees React

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"As if BAFTA think it's a good idea to put me in the same room as Ryan Gosling," joked best supporting actress nominee Hayley Squires.

The U.K.'s film industry woke up Tuesday morning to hear the name La La Land ringing in its ears, not because of the Golden Globes on Sunday night but following the announcement of the 2017 BAFTA nominations, from which the film emerged having been shortlisted in some 11 categories. 

But it wasn't all L.A.-focused, with British films faring well, including I, Daniel Blake, which earned four nominations.

Among the first reactions, Hayley Squires, star of I, Daniel Blake and nominated for best supporting actress, joked about being put in the same room as Ryan Gosling. 

Dev Patel, shortlisted for best supporting actor for Lion, said he'd watched the BAFTA awards as a kid growing up. 

"It was a tradition of ours and served as an inspiration to me as I decided to embark on my journey as an actor. Since Lion is a film about identity and finding home, this BAFTA nomination today truly means so much to me," he said. 

"I'm thrilled for Nicole Kidman, Luke Davies, Greig and the composers for their respective nominations. I am beyond grateful to Garth Davis, our fearless and soulful director, who brought this film to life in such an extraordinary and special way. Thanks to the Weinstein team and to the producers at See Saw for their commitment and passion in getting the film into theaters. I can't wait to celebrate this achievement with my peers and fellow BAFTA nominees at the ceremony that holds such a special place in my heart. My family is literally freaking out right now!" 

Added Hugh Grant, nominated alongside Patel in the best supporting actor category: "This is so kind of BAFTA, and I feel very pleased both for myself and for St Clair Bayfield, neither of us having been exactly awards season habitués."

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, another best supporting actor nominee, this time for Nocturnal Animals, for which he won a Golden Globe, said he was extremely proud of director Tom Ford and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal. 

 

"It's because of them that I am even being considered for such a recognition," he said. I'm genuinely humbled to be in the company of Dev, Hugh, Jeff and Mahershala. Can't wait to celebrate back in good ole Blighty!"

Babak Anvari, who saw his acclaimed debut Under the Shadow earn nominations in both best British film and outstanding debut categories, was also among the first to hit up Twitter. 

There was cheer from Lionsgate, which earned a company record 18 BAFTA nominations thanks to La La Land, plus Hacksaw Ridge, Deepwater Horizon and The Pass

"The breadth and diversity of our nominations across four titles, including the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge, solidifies what a hugely successful year for us it’s been, both commercially and critically," said Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate's European operations. "It has been an honor working alongside such hugely talented filmmaking teams this awards season."

Joe Oppenheimer, the acting head of BBC Films, hailed its 10 nominations, spread across I, Daniel Blake (five), Florence Foster Jenkins (four) and Denial (one). "We are so proud to have supported these outstanding films, all of which showcase in their own way the very best of British film-making," he said.

Nigel Sinclair, producer of The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years, praised BAFTA for recognizing Ron Howard's documentary. 

"And so exciting that the honor comes in The Beatles’ home country," he said. "On behalf of my fellow filmmakers, it was a profound honor to be allowed to work on this amazing story, and we are so grateful to Paul and Ringo and all of the Apple family for their generosity and trust in making sense of this extraordinary journey."

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