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Why Dunkirk should win the 2018 best picture Oscar

In the last of our series, Andrew Pulver salutes Christopher Nolan’s second world war drama, a dazzling blockbuster on an intimate, human scale

It’s fair to say that Dunkirk is not a frontrunner for the best picture Oscar: it contains no showpiece, emotion-arousing acting performances, it eulogises a wartime episode that doesn’t really register on US consciousnesses as it does in Britain, and – on first sight – it’s a big fat commercial movie of the kind that rarely makes inroads at the top end of the Academy Awards. Its reported budget, $100m, is twice as much as the next highest (The Post, $50m), and it has become clear over time that Oscar voters like a scrappy, up-and-at-’em production rather than one that can spend its way out of trouble.

There may be a whiff of stodginess about its basic subject matter – and indeed, Brexit-endorsing little-Englanderness – that puts it in the same bracket as Darkest Hour. (Can it be a coincidence that two period films set in exactly the same year and hinging on the same historical events should get best picture nominations at the same time?) Other contenders – Get Out, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird – clearly have the edge in freshness of perspective. But for all that, Dunkirk has a great chance. In basic terms, this is a passion project from a highly successful film-maker operating at the top of his game, taking a genuine risk for something he clearly feels very strongly about. While it would be a stretch to say that Christopher Nolan might have derailed his entire career if it had failed, it likely would have been a major black mark and forced him back to safety-first sci-fi or comic-book films with his tail between his legs.

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Bafta nominations 2018: Shape of Water leads the way as Joanna Lumley announced as new host

Fantasy drama receives 12 nominations for revamped awards, which will be presented by Absolutely Fabulous star following Stephen Fry’s departure

The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy epic about a woman who falls in love with a sea monster, leads the nominations for this year’s Bafta film awards – though it will face strong competition from Martin McDonagh’s Golden Globe-winning black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour.

At a Bafta press conference that also unveiled Joanna Lumley as the new host for the awards, Del Toro’s drama picked up 12 nominations, including best film and best director, as well as a best actress pick for Sally Hawkins and best supporting actress for Octavia Spencer.

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