The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has unveiled the nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards with Ava DuVernay‘s 13th and Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg‘s Weiner among the documentary named.
DuVernay’s 13th, which looks at the subject of mass incarceration and the prison industry in America, is nominated in both the Outstanding British Film and Documentary categories.
Kriegman and Steinburg’s Weiner (pictured), which chronicles sex-scandal-ridden politician Anthony Weiner’s attempt to run for mayor of New York City in 2013, also earned a nod in the Documentary category.
Other nominees include:
- Otto Bell‘s feature directorial debut The Eagle Huntress, which brings audiences into the world of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl living in Mongolia as she trains to become an eagle hunter. She is the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to train in a role that is traditionally passed down from father to son;
- Ron Howard’s The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, capturing the band’s early days in Liverpool to their rise during the touring years of 1962-1966; and
- Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s Notes on Blindness, bringing to life writer John Hull’s audio diaries of his account of going blind in 1983.
The ceremony, hosted by returning presenter English comedian and actor Stephen Fry, takes place on Feb. 12 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will be broadcast on BBC1.