The 71st British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, will be held on 18 February 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to honour the best national and foreign films of 2017.

Date: February 18, 2018, 1:00 PM PST
Other ceremonies: 2017
Host: Joanna Lumley
Location: The Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Site: The Royal Albert Hall

Awards season arrives to UK shores this Sunday, as the BAFTAs get set to honour the last year in film – and what a truly spectacular one it was.

On nominations alone, it could very well be that Guillermo del Toro’s aquatic romance The Shape of Water, which garnered 12 nods, the most of any film this year, walks away the big winner. However, though the film similarly dominated the Golden Globes nominations, it was actually Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri which came out on top – with four awards in total. The film is nominated in nine categories at the BAFTAs.

Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour ties Three Billboards with nine nominations, with Gary Oldman’s lead performance a likely shoo-in for Best Actor. Indeed, this year’s BAFTAs boast a strong British presence: Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk has eight nominations, while Paddington 2 and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool both have three nominations each.

The BAFTA nominations have, however, been fairly damning for both Lady Bird and Get Out’s hopes in the awards race. Though initial favourites, the films seem to slowly be being phased out of the awards conversation, with neither managing to land Best Film or Best Director nods. The same can be said of Steven Spielberg’s The Post, which was largely anticipated as a shoo-in before its release, but has failed to gain much interest from voting bodies.

You can read the full list of BAFTA nominations here. Alongside the main competition, Ridley Scott will be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship, while the public can vote in the Rising Star category: nominees are Daniel Kaluuya, Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Timothée Chalamet and Tessa Thompson.

Meanwhile, Joanna Lumley has stepped up to the plate to host this year’s ceremony, with Stephen Fry stepping down after 12 years of service. The BAFTAs will also see a continuation of support for the Time’s Up initiative, with stars expected to wear black on the red carpet.

The ceremony will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and will air from 9pm on Sunday, on BBC1. It will also be live-streamed on Facebook for international viewers. The full ceremony will then be available on iPlayer.The February 18 BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and air on a tape-delayed basis on both BBC One in England and BBC America in the United States. Sixteen of this year’s 20 nominees in the acting categories are schedule to attend Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All five Best Actress nominees are expected: Annette Bening (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Likewise for the five fellows up for Best Actor: Jamie Bell (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”).

And four of the five Best Supporting Actress hopefuls will be in the audience: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“Darkest Hour”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”). The fifth — Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) — is not expected.

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However, only two of the Best Supporting Actor contenders will be in attendance: Hugh Grant (“Paddington 2”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”). Not making the trip across the pond: Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”).

The roster of presenters includes: Gemma Arterton, Orlando Bloom, Sam Claflin, Bryan Cranston, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Hoult, Isabelle Huppert, Lily James, Jennifer Lawrence, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, Sergei Polunin, Will Poulter, Andrea Riseborough, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Hayley Squires, Tom Taylor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rachel Weisz and Letitia Wright.
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“The Shape of Water” is the most nominated film at the 2018 BAFTA Awards with 12, but according to our predictions it won’t be the biggest winner. We’re betting on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” to top these kudos as it did the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in the last two months. “Three Billboards” is forecast to win five awards out of its nine nominations, including Best Picture. Do you agree? Scroll down to see our complete predictions by film.

These predictions are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,700 users who have entered their picks in our predictions center in advance of the awards on February 18. And according to our collective wisdom “Three Billboards” will claim Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) and Best British Film.

But “Shape of Water” will be the next biggest winner at an event where we’re expecting voters to spread the wealth. It gets leading odds in three races: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score.

Only two other films are projected to win multiple awards, and they both happen to address the same British military campaign during World War II. “Darkest Hour,” about Winston Churchill‘s leadership during the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of France, is expected to prevail in two of its nine races: Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hair. Meanwhile “Dunkirk,” which tells the same story from the soldiers’ perspectives, will win two out of eight: Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
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Do you agree with our picks? Check out our complete predictions by film below. And there’s still time to make or update your own predictions right here before prizes are handed out on February 18.

Best Picture
Best Actress — Frances McDormand
Best Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell
Best Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh
Best British Film

Best Director — Guillermo Del Toro
Best Production Design
Best Score

Best Actor — Gary Oldman
Best Makeup and Hair

Best Film Editing
Best Sound

Best Cinematography

Best Adapted Screenplay — James Ivory

Best Animated Feature

Best Foreign Film

Best Supporting Actress — Allison Janney

Best Documentary Feature

Best Costume Design

Best Visual Effects