Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet among Jewish talent nominated for Baftas

Nominations also include documentaries Three Identical Strangers and RBG


Rachel Weisz and Timothée Chalamet are among the Jewish talent nominated for Baftas, Britain's premier film awards.

Nominations for Jews include Rachel Weisz, who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Favourite, a historical drama set in the 18th Century court of Queen Anne.

Weisz plays the close friend of Queen Anne, Lady Marlborough, who governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper.

American actor Mr Chalamet, has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beautiful Boy.

Mr Chalamet, 23, who hails from New York and has a French father and a Jewish-American mother, plays Nic, a drug addict.

The film tells the story of his battle with drugs and addiction and is based on the best-selling memoir by David Sheff, as well as the accompanying book by his son Nic.

The film by Felix van Groeningen has already earned Mr Chalamet nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild.

Also up for Best Supporting Actor is Adam Driver, who has been nominated for his role playing a Jewish police officer in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

The film tells the story of two police men, one black and one Jewish who go undercover to infiltrate the KKK.

Based on a true story, Mr Driver who is not Jewish, plays the fictional Flip Zimmerman, who works to infilitrate the racist, antisemitic organisation with his colleague Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington, to infiltrate the Klan.

Another nomination goes to the documentary Three Identical Strangers directed by Tim Wardle.

The thought-provoking story follows the journey of Jewish American triplets who were brought up oblivious to the fact that they each had two identical brothers until a chance encounter at 19.

As the story unravels, the reason how and why they had been separated in the first place becomes apparent.

Also nominated in the documentary category is RBG, the story of pioneering feminist lawyer and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The low-budget May 2018 release broke into the top 10 at the US box office in blockbuster season. When it closed in October, the film had taken just more than $14 million.

Ginsburg, a two-time cancer survivor and one of only four liberal-leaning justices left on the nine-person Supreme Court panel, is no ordinary 85 year old.

The Bafta ceremony will take place on February 10.

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