Nominees for the 8th annual National Film Awards 2022 announced


United Kingdom, London, 20th of April 2022: The National Film Academy has today announced the nominations for the 8th annual National Film Awards UK set to take place on the 4th of July 2022 at The Porchester in London.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, No Time to Die, I Care A Lot, Citation, The Harder They Fall, Don’t Look Up, Spencer, King Richard, and People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan make the academy shortlist for Best International Film whilst The Best Actor category sees Jude Law get a nod for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore franchise. Also nominated within this category are; Riz Ahmed (Encounter), Ben Whishaw (Surge), Michael Caine (Twist), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Man Who Fell to Earth), Neil Maskell (Bull), and Stephen Merchant for his role as Gregory Dillard in the Amazon Prime series The Outlaws.

Judi Dench’s performance as ‘Granny’ in Belfast earns her a Best Actress nod. She joins a shortlist of nominees including Anne Hathaway (Locked Down), Billie Piper (Rare Beasts), Rosamund Pike (I Care A Lot), Kate Beckinsale (Jolt), Samantha Morton (Save The Cinema), Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts) and Thandiwe Newton (God’s Country).

This year (2022), over 3.5 million film and television fans submitted their nominations via the official National Film Academy website, and as of today (20/04/22). The public can now vote for their favorites by registering and logging on to

The National Film Academy produces the National Film Awards in the UK and the National Film & TV Awards ceremony in the USA annually. The third edition of the NFTA returns to Los Angeles on the 5th of December.

Last year during the virtual/in-person award held in London, British actor  Rowan Atkinson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Global Contribution to Motion Picture award.  He commented, “I am incredibly humbled to receive this prestigious recognition from the National Film Academy. These awards mean a lot, they really mean a lot to me”. Click to Watch Rowan’s full acceptance speech here

The last 2 years have been dominated by the Television serial format responding to the huge demand for a continuous dose of drama-related content that keeps viewers engaged. The Netflix series, Emily in Paris which has made headlines worldwide in the past year leads the way with x6 nominations including;   Best TV Drama Series,  Best Actor in a TV Series for Lucien Laviscount who also goes head to head with fellow cast member Lucas Bravo as they are also both nominated for the Best Supporting Actor in a TV series category. Other cast members from the series nominated include; Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park,  for Best Supporting Actress in a TV series, and lead star Lily Collins also getting a nod for Best Actress in a TV seriesEmily in Paris will be going head to head with Squid Game who are also nominated for Best TV Drama Series, Best Actor in a TV series for Lee Jung-jae, Best Supporting Actress for Kang Sae-byeok, Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for Oh Yeong-su, and a nod for Best Action in a Film/Series.

Public Voting for the 8th annual National Film Awards UK starts on the 20th of April 2022 and ends on the 20th of  June 2022 with winners announced at the awards live on the 4th of July 2022.

Find the full list of nominees for the 2022 National Film Awards UK below:

Best Actress 2022
Judi Dench (Belfast)
Anne Hathaway (Locked Down)
Billie Piper (Rare Beasts)
Rosamund Pike (I Care A Lot)
Kate Beckinsale (Jolt)
Samantha Morton (Save The Cinema)
Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts)
Thandiwe Newton (God’s Country)


Best Actor 2022  sponsored by Dechavel Watches
Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore)
Riz Ahmed (Encounter)
Ben Whishaw (Surge)
Michael Caine (Twist)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Man Who Fell to Earth)
Neil Maskell (Bull)
Stephen Merchant (The Outlaws)


Best Newcomer 2022 sponsored by Eva Gems & Jewels
Charlie Shotwell (The Nest)
Amelie Bea Smith (Hollington Drive)
Fflyn Edwards (Save the Cinema)
Lauryn Ajufo (Boiling Point)
Temiloluwa Otedola (Citation)
Olive Tennant (Belfast)
Bukky Bakray (Rocks)
Freddie Spry (Spencer)
Han So-hee  (My Name)


Best Actress in a TV Series 2022 sponsored by SOSU Cosmetics
Lily Collins (Emily in Paris)
Cush Jumbo (Stay Close)
Thaddea Graham (The Irregulars)
Katherine Ryan (The Duchess)
Simona Brown (Behind Her Eyes)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Girl Before)
Hannah Ware (The One)
Han So-hee  (My Name)


Best Actor in a TV Series 2022
Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris)
James Nesbitt (Stay Close)
Tom Bateman (Behind Her Eyes)
Ben Miller (Professor T)
David Tennant (Around The World in 80 Days)
Lee Jung-jae  (Squid Game)
Babou Ceesay (Wolfe)
Omar Sy (Lupin)
Bradley Walsh (The Larkins)


Best Supporting Actor 2022
Richard Ayoade (The Sourvenir -Part II)
Ray Panthaki (Boiling Point)
Tom Felton (Save The Cinema)
Matt Smith (Last Night in Soho)
Matthew Horne (The Nan Movie)
Kodi Smith McPhee (The Power of the Dog)
Ciaran Hinds (Belfast)


Best Supporting Actress 2022
Nathalie Richard (After Love)
Tilda Swinton (The Sourvenir – Part II)
Lashana Lynch (No Time To Die)
Susan Wokoma (Save The Cinema)
Lauryn Ajufo (Boiling Point)
Helen Mirren (The Duke)


Best Drama 2022
After Love
The Power of the Dog
Save The Cinema
Boiling Point


Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series 2022
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (Emily in Paris)
Ashley Park (Emily in Paris)
Eliza Butterworth (The North Water)
Emma Naomi (Professor T)
Jessica Plummer (The Girl Before)
Tracy Ifeachor  (Show Trial)
Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton)
Jung Ho Yeon (Squid Game)


Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series 2022 sponsored by Havaianas
Lucas Bravo  (Emily in Paris)
Patterson Joseph (Vigil)
Oh Yeong-su (Squid Game)
Collin Farrell (The North Water)
Regé-Jean Page ( Bridgerton)
Lucien Laviscount (Emily in Paris)
Eric Kofi-Abrefa  (The One)

Best TV Drama Series 2022 sponsored by Denman Brush
Emily in Paris
Stay Close
The Irregulars
Behind Her Eyes
The North Water
Professor T
The One
Squid Game


Best Thriller 2022
Last Night in Soho
In The Earth
Zebra Girl


Best Action in a Film/Series 2022
No Time To Die
Top Boy
Around The World in 80 Days
Anatomy of a Scandal
Squid Game


Best Independent Film 2022
BLONDE. Purple
A Bird Flew in
A Violent Man
Ali & Ava
Boiling Point
Róise And Frank
The Prototype
Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins

Best Screenplay 2022 sponsored by Laines
Clio Barnard ( Ali & Ava)
Aleem Khan (After Love)
Jeymes Samuel and Boaz Yakin (The Harder They Fall)
Stephen Brown , Marcelo Grion , Stephen Karandy (The Prototype)
Catherine Tate and Brett Goldstein (The Nan Movie)
Richard Bean and Clive Coleman (The Duke)
Zach Baylin (King Richard)


Best Documentary 2022
Jimmy Saville (A British Horror Story)
The Tinder Swindler
Finding Jack Charlton
Caring for Derek
The Real Charlie Chaplin
Getting Away with Murder (s)


Best British Film 2022
Last Night in Soho
Ali & Ava
The Nest
Six Minutes to Midnight


Best Comedy 2022 sponsored by Symprove
Last Train to Christmas
We are Lady Parts
The Nan Movie
The Duke
People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan
Father Christmas is Back


Outstanding Performance 2022 sponsored by Ivy Niche
Jude Hill (Belfast)
Charlie Shotwell (The Nest)
Billie Piper (Rare Beasts)
Lashana Lynch (No Time To Die)
Lauryn Ajufo (Boiling Point)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog)
Jamie Dornan (Belfast)
Temiloluwa Otedola (Citation)
Craig Fairbrass (A Violent Man)


Best Feature Film 2022 sponsored by Fiji Water
After Love
Locked Down
The Father
Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins
Last Night in Soho


Best Director 2022 sponsored by
Sean Durkin (The Nest)
Ben Sharrock (Limbo)
Martin Owen (Twist)
Andy Goddard (Six Minutes to Midnight)
Billie Piper (Rare Beasts)
Jane Campion (The Power Of The Dog)

Best Producer 2022  sponsored by Magi Rose
Ronan Bennett (Top Boy)
Claire Jones; Tim Sealey (People Just Do Northing: Big in Japan)
Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli (No Time to Die)
Matthieu de Braconier and Gabrielle Dumon  (After Love)
Nira Park , Tim Bevan , Eric Fellner & Edgar Wright (Last Night in Soho)


Best Film Distribution company 2022
Momentum Pictures
Studio Canal
Vertigo Releasing


Best Film Production Company 2022 sponsored by Mokingo
Film4 Productions
Element Pictures
Elevation Pictures
Darren Star Productions
Head Gear Films


Best Foreign Language Film 2022 
Drive My Car – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Teruhisa Yamamoto
Miss Viborg – Marianne Blicher
You Resemble Me (Tu me ressembles) – Dina Amer
Parallel Mothers – Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
Petite Maman – Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur
Sooryavanshi  –  Rohit Shetty
The Worst Person In The World – Joachim Trier, Thomas Robsahm
9 – Martín Barrenechea and Nicolás Branca


Best International Film  sponsored by Rosa Faizzad
Spider-Man: No Way Home
No Time to Die
I Care A Lot
The Harder They Fall
Don’t Look Up
King Richard
People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan


Global Contribution to motion picture
Anthony Hopkins ( The Father)
Jim Broadbent  (The Duke)
John Cleese  (Father Christmas is Back)
Colin Firth (Operation Minced Meat)
Kate Winslet (Ammonite)


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