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This morning BAFTA announced the nominations for its 2017 awards ceremony, to be held on Sunday 12 February. You can read the full list of nominations here, and we've picked out some of our highlights below, alongside some of the fantastic articles and videos and interviews we've published on those films throughout the year.
The BAFTAs follow the Golden Globes, which took place on Sunday night, and saw La La Land run away as the big winner - in fact winning a record number of awards - while emotional drama Moonlight and Disney hit Zootropolis also triumphed in their respective categories.
All-singing, all-dancing Hollywood throwback La La Land again leads the way as far as nominations are concerned, with 11 nods overall, including Best Film, Leading Actor (Ryan Gosling), Leading Actress (Emma Stone), and Best Director for Damien Chazelle, whose previous film Whiplash was a big hitter at 2015's awards ceremonies.
Also in contention for Best Picture are intimate alien contact movie Arrival (a major film within our Language theme this term); Ken Loach's Palme d'Or-winning I, Daniel Blake; devastating drama Manchester by the Sea; and LGBT coming-of-age phenomenon Moonlight.
We take a look at thoughtful new sci-fi Arrival, which has an interesting focus on language and communication, and reflects the rich history of the genre.
Reading time 6 mins
In the Outstanding British Film category, the likes of American Honey, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Into Film's very own ambassador, Eddie Redmayne) and I, Daniel Blake will vie for the prize, demonstrating the diversity of talent and ideas on offer from the UK's film industry after another successful year.
Into Film Ambassador Eddie Redmayne sat down with one of our young reporters to discuss his new film, and emphasise why he supports our work at Into Film.
Viewing time 6 mins
Hayley Squires' superb turn in I, Daniel Blake sees her pick up a well-deserved nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, facing stiff competition from Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Viola Davis (Fences), Nicole Kidman (Lion), and another Into Film Ambassador in Naomie Harris (Moonlight). We're also delighted to see British actor Dev Patel - Kidman's co-star in Lion - make it onto the Best Supporting Actor shortlist.
We speak to the talent behind Ken Loach's latest drama, I, Daniel Blake, including actors Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, writer Paul Laverty, and Loach himself.
Viewing time 10 mins
Elsewhere, four of our very favourite films of the year - Zootropolis and Moana (both from Disney), Kubo and the Two Strings (LAIKA) and Finding Dory (Pixar) - are all up for the Animated Film award. The Eagle Huntress, an inspirational film about a young girl breaking into a male-dominated world, is in contention for Best Documentary, while Mustang will compete with titles such as Julieta and Son of Saul for the Film Not in the English Language accolade.
Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight takes us exclusively behind the scenes of the new animation, and offers his advice to aspiring animators.
Viewing time 4 mins
We look at how LAIKA's Kubo and the Two Strings recreates an authentic-yet-fantastic ancient Japan, whilst pushing the boundaries of stop-motion animation.
Reading time 7 mins
We take a look at Moana, Disney's latest animation that puts cultural sensitivity and a strong female hero at its heart.
Reading time 8 mins
With Finding Dory's release, we look at how Pixar bring characters with disabilities to the surface, as they face their trickiest animation challenge yet.
Reading time 8 mins
We take a look at inspiring new documentary The Eagle Huntress, and the unconventional path it took to the screen.
Reading time 9 mins
Finally, BAFTA has again recognised both new and emerging talent, both on and off the screen. Some of our favourite British films of the year - The Girl with all the Gifts, The Hard Stop and The Pass - have all had their crew recognised for their efforts in the Outstanding Debut category, whilst Tom Holland - soon to play Spider-Man in a solo outing - is one of five talented young actors who could win the EE Rising Star Award.
Following the BAFTAs, the Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 26 February, with our very own Into Film Awards rounding off the awards season on Tuesday 14 March.
With the 31 Jan deadline for the Into Film Awards on the horizon, here's a reminder of this year's very special space-inspired Into Film Awards category.
Viewing time 4 mins
A new resource from Into Film and Altitude, based on the new documentary film The Eagle Huntress.
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