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The British Academy, reports `Variety`, has unveiled the results of the first round of voting across all 24 categories for the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards, “with a perhaps unsurprising trio of films at the top.”

The cultural phenomenon that was `Barbenheimer` has continued to smash its way into the awards season, with both `Barbie` and `Oppenheimer` named in 15 categories, including best film and best director, adds `Variety.`

But joining the two with 15 slots, making it a three-way tie going into the final nominations, is `Killers of the Flower Moon`. Last year, only `All Quiet on the Western Front` earned 15 longlist places, with the film going on to dominate the awards ceremony (and winning best film), `Variety` notes.

Further down, `Poor Things` was named in 14 categories, `Maestro` in 12 and `Saltburn` in 11, with `Saltburn` missing out on a best film slot. Other UK films fared well, with `The Zone of Interest` and `All of Us Strangers` named in 10 categories (including best film), `Wonka` in eight, `How to Have Sex` in six and `Rye Lane` in five.

`How to Have Sex` and `Rye Lane`, according to `Variety`, also saw their debut directors, Molly Manning Walker and Raine Allen-Miller, respectively, and their lead stars, Mia McKenna-Bruce and Vivian Oparah, find longlist slots in the director and leading actress categories (among some well-established greats).

The final nominations list are set to be announced on January 18, with the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony taking place at London`s Royal Festival Hall on February 18.

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