It’s official: England is gaga for Gaga!
Nominations for the 72nd British Academy of Film and Television Arts — the equivalent of the Academy Awards — were revealed Wednesday morning and the biggest stars were “A Star Is Born” and the 18th-century costume drama “The Favourite.”
Lady Gaga, nominated for Best Actress, received one of seven BAFTA nominations for the film, which also snagged four nods for Bradley Cooper for Best Actor, Director, Adapted Screenplay and as one of the Best Picture producers.
Gaga has stiff competition with the likes of Olivia Colman from “The Favourite,” portraying a debauched Queen Anne, Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Glenn Close for “The Wife” and a big surprise in Viola Davis for “Widows.”
Bradley faces an uphill climb against Golden Globes winner Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book,” a bloated Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in “Vice” and the biggest surprise, Steve Coogan as comedian Stan Laurel in “Stan & Ollie.”
John C. Reilly, who garnered a Golden Globe nomination as Oliver Hardy for “Stan & Ollie,” was snubbed. Two big omissions in the supporting categories were Sam Elliott as Cooper’s manager in “A Star Is Born” and Regina King, who has locked up virtually every critics award this season, for “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Emily Blunt, who is nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for “A Quiet Place” and “Mary Poppins Returns,” was totally shut out.
While “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Star Is Born” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” staked out Best Film slots, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” secured the final spot. Lee, Cuaron, Cooper and “The Favourite’s” Yorgos Lanthimos unsurprisingly received Best Director nominations but the black sheep was Pawel Pawlikowski for the Polish-language love story “Cold War.”
An intriguing showdown in the Supporting Actor category pits the previous two Academy Award winners in the same category — Mahershala Ali (“Green Book” ) and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”). Ali won for 2016’s “Moonlight” and Rockwell last year for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” They face off against Adam Driver for “BlackKkKlansman,” “Richard E. Grant for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Timothee Chalamet for “Beautiful Boy.”
The Supporting Actress race features Amy Adams (“Vice”), Claire Foy in “First Man,” “Mary Queen of Scots” star Margot Robbie and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, both for “The Favourite.”