Lionsgate marks all-time record for UK distributor ahead of record breaking release of La La Land

Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, received 18 BAFTA nominations today including 11, for Damien Chazelle‘s critically-acclaimed La La Land which is released on Thursday 12th January across the UK and Ireland.

Hacksaw Ridge received 5 nominations, including Leading Actor for Andrew Garfield. Director Ben Williams and Writer John Donnelly were nominated in the Outstanding British Debut category for their work on The Pass and the blockbuster Deepwater Horizon received a nomination in the Sound category.

The total of 18 nominations marks a company best for Lionsgate UK, a record previously owned in 2009 counting 8 nominations for Kathryn Bigelow‘s The Hurtlocker (co-released with Studio Canal in 2008), followed by the 6 nominations George Clooney‘s Goodnight and Good Luck received at the 2006 BAFTA Awards and 5 nominations for John Crowley‘s Brooklyn in 2016.

Following the record breaking seven wins for seven nominations at the Golden Globes this weekend I’m delighted that BAFTA have further recognized LA LA LAND ahead of our release this week with its 11 nominations. This film is a gem to behold and I couldn’t be more proud of all involved.” Commented Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

He added “The breadth and diversity of our nominations across four titles, including the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge solidifies what a hugely successful year for us it’s been, both commercially and critically. It has been an honor working alongside such hugely talented filmmaking teams this awards season.”

Following is a complete list of Lionsgate’s BAFTA nominations:

La La Land

La La Land

  •          Best Film – Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc Platt
  •          Director – Damien Chazelle
  •          Leading Actor – Ryan Gosling
  •          Leading Actress – Emma Stone
  •          Original Screenplay – Damien Chazelle
  •          Original Music – Justin Hurwitz
  •          Cinematography – Linus Sandgren
  •          Editing – Tom Cross
  •          Production Design – Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco
  •          Costume Design – Mary Zophres
  •          Sound – Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land was produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert and Marc Platt. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment presents, a Marc Platt production, an Imposter Pictures / Gilbert Films production

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

  •          Leading Actor – Andrew Garfield
  •          Adapted Screenplay – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
  •          Editing -John Gilbert
  •          Make-up & Hair -Shane Thomas
  •          Sound – Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright

Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Directed by Mel Gibson from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, Hacksaw Ridge is produced by David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, William D. Johnson, Bruce Davey, Paul Currie, and Terry Benedict. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures present, in association with Demarest Media and Argent Pictures, produced in association with IM Global and AIM Film Productions, and in association with Vendian Entertainment and Kylin Pictures, a Pandemonium Films / Permut Presentations production.

Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon

  •         Sound – Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and woman whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brein and Kate Hudson.

The Pass

The Pass

  •       Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer – John Donnelly (Writer), Ben A. Williams (Director)

Directed by Ben A. Williams, Written by John Donnelly and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Two young professional soccer players share a hotel room the night before their first big game.  Out of nowhere, one kisses the other.  This ‘pass’ echoes through the next ten years of both their lives – a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything. Starring Russell Tovey and Arinze Kene.

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