Calls to boycott the live-action comedy over a scene involving blackberries has led to surprise from some but it’s not the first film to cause anger for an unlikely reason
Of all the unpleasant things about the Peter Rabbit film – the twerking, the making it rain, the presence of James Corden – nobody could have foreseen the worst being a blackberry. A scene in which a blackberry is catapulted into mouth of a blackberry-allergic character has managed to derail the entire project. The scene is thoughtless, cruel, imitable – and has led to calls for a boycott.
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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.