Joker leads the Bafta film nominations with 11, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.
All three are up for best film, alongside Sam Mendes’s 1917 and South Korean hit Parasite.
Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each.
All the nominated actors are white, leading Bafta boss Amanda Berry to say she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity.
The leading Bafta nominees
- 11 – Joker
- 10 – The Irishman
- 10 – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
- 9 – 1917
- 6 – Jojo Rabbit
- See the nominations in full
Joaquin Phoenix will be the favourite for best actor for his role in Joker, which tells the origin story of Batman’s nemesis and has divided some critics and audiences.
It’s 11 years since Heath Ledger won a posthumous Bafta for playing the same character in The Dark Knight.
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But Phoenix will face competition from stars including Taron Egerton, who played Sir Elton John in Rocketman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time…, Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.
Margot Robbie is up against herself in the best supporting actress category for roles in Bombshell and Once Upon A Time…
That category also includes Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, while she is also up for best actress for her role opposite Driver in Netflix’s divorce drama Marriage Story.
The other best actress nominees are Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and Saoirse Ronan for Little Women.
But there is no room for Little Women film-maker Greta Gerwig in the best director category – making it the seventh year in a row that no female directors have been nominated.
Acting categories ‘very white’
Told on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the acting list “seems very white”, Amanda Berry replied: “I’m going to totally agree with you. That’s how I felt when I first saw the list.
“This isn’t being disrespectful to anybody who is has been nominated because it’s an incredibly strong list this year.
“If you look at the director category, where I hoped we would see at least one female director, that is an incredibly strong list when you have people like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, who have got multiple nominations in the past.”
But the lists drew strong criticism on social media.
Bafta winners and nominees in most categories are voted for by 6,500 Bafta members, who are industry professionals and creatives around the world.
The Bafta ceremony will take place on 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall in London, hosted by Graham Norton.
The nominations come after a stellar night for British talent at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
There was more diversity on the shortlist for the Rising Star Award, which was announced on Monday.
Awkwafina – who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for her role in The Farewell – was nominated alongside Fighting with my Family’s Jack Lowden, Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever, Waves actor Kelvin Harrison Jr and Blue Story star Michael Ward.
Ward has said his nomination was a vindication of the film following controversies around its screenings.
The gang drama was temporarily withdrawn from Vue cinemas after seven police officers were injured in a disturbance at Star City in Birmingham in November, where there were reports of youths with machetes.
It was later reinstated. Ward told the PA news agency: “You have to watch it to feel the impact. The headlines or whatever is one thing, but that doesn’t sum up the film.”