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Given Ryan Gosling’s impressive status as both a Hollywood A-lister and indie darling, many would be forgiven for assuming the star had at least a couple of BAFTA nominations under his belt.
But while the actor has been recognized by the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Teen Choice Awards (of course…The Notebook) and the London Film Critics Circle Awards for a body of work that includes Drive, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love and Lars and the Real Girl, he had yet to be given BAFTA’s approval.
It took La La Land – which has already seen him win this year’s Golden Globe for best actor – for Gosling to finally get the golden invitation to the biggest film awards outside the U.S., earning his first-ever BAFTA nomination.
“I had to actually go and check that,” admitted Amanda Berry to The Hollywood Reporter, admitting that she herself was shocked to find he hadn’t been shortlisted before.
Other potentially surprise first-timers on the nominations list include Naomie Harris, shortlisted in the best supporting actress category for Moonlight. Meanwhile, Denzel Washington, who despite two Oscar wins is yet to pick up a nomination from the British academy, missed out again, this time for Fences.
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