Iranian horror 'Under the Shadow' leads the nominations at the National Film Awards UK with eight nods.

The 1980s-set Persian-language tale has earned firsttime filmmaker Babak Anvari nods for Best Director and Best Screenplay, while its star Narges Rashidi is in the running for Best Actress, and Avin Manshadi - who plays her onscreen daughter - is up for Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film, Best Newcomer, and Best Supporting Actress. Its nominations also include Best Thriller and Best Independent Feature.

Following close behind are 'Our Kind of Traitor' and 'Adult Life Skills' with six nods each.

The two movies both in the running for Best British film and Best Director - for Susanna White and Rachel Tunnard - respectively , while 'Our Kind of Traitor' is also in the running for Best Independent Feature and Best Drama, and 'Adult Life Skills' is up for Best International Film and Best Screenplay.

In the acting categories, 'Our Kind of Traitor' stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris are up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively, while Jodie Whittaker's performance in 'Adult Life Skills' has earned her nominations in the Best Actress and Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film.

A number of stars have been nominated for the Global Contribution to Motion Picture accolade, with the National Film Academy's shortlist including Dame Joan Collins, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Grant, Julie Andrews, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Pegg, John Cleese, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta Jones and James Nesbit.

'Only Fools and Horses' stars Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, but fans can vote for the winners of the other categories at

Voting is open from now until 23 March, and the winners will be announced at the National Film Awards 2017, which takes place on 29 March and will be broadcast on Sky Showcase.

Meanwhile, The National Film Academy are running a competition for the public to register and submit a Short Film for a chance to win the Best Short Film 2017 prestigious award and a publicity/marketing prize worth over fifty thousand pounds.

National Film Awards 2017 list of nominations:

Best Actor

Max Records, 'I Am Not a Serial Killer'

Michael Fassbender, 'Trespass Against Us'

Shia LaBeouf, 'American Honey'

Steve Brandon, 'My Feral Heart'

Eddie Redmayne, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'

Will Poulter, 'Kids in Love'

David Oyelowo, 'A United Kingdom'

Ewan McGregor, 'Our Kind of Traitor'

Sacha Baron Cohen, 'Grimsby'

Mathew Horne, 'Breaking the Bank'

Tom Sturridge, 'Remainder'

Daniel Radcliffe, 'Now You See Me 2'

Best Actress

Jodie Whittaker, 'Adult Life Skills'

Kate Dickie, 'Couple in a Hole'

Narges Rashidi, 'Under the Shadow'

Jennifer Saunders, 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

Sasha Lane, 'American Honey'

Lupita Nyong'o , 'Queen of Katwe'

Gemma Jones, 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

Gemma Arterton, 'The Girl With All the Gifts'

Renée Zellweger, 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 'Miss Sloane'

Best Newcomer:

Lucas Hedges

Laia Costa

Tom Holland

Ruth Negga

Morfydd Clark

Anya Taylor-Joy

Avin Manshadi

Jana Perez

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film:

Arnold Oceng 'Brotherhood'

Riz Ahmed 'Rogue One: A Star Wars story'

Hayley Squires 'I, Daniel Blake'

Bel Powley 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

Jodie Whittaker 'Adult Life Skills'

Avin Manshadi 'Under the Shadow'

Jonathan Readwin 'Stoner Express'

Best Supporting actress:

Avin Manshadi, 'Under the Shadow'

Gemma Arterton, 'The Girl With All the Gifts'

Naomie Harris, 'Our Kind of Traitor'

Shana Swash, 'My Feral Heart'

Joanna Lumley,'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

Terry Pheto, 'A United Kingdom'

Alma Jodorowsky, 'Kids in Love'

Gemma Jones, 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

Best Supporting Actor:

Arnize Kene, 'The Pass'

Jamie Dornan, 'Anthropoid'

Sean Harris, 'Trespass Against Us'

Mark Strong, 'Grimsby'

Jim Broadbent, 'Bridget Jones's Baby'

Arnold Oceng 'Brotherhood'

Best International Film:



'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'

'Miles Ahead'

'Our Little Sister'

'American Honey'

'Queen of Katwe'

'Sticky Notes'

'Now You See Me 2'

Best Comedy:

'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

'Dad's Army'

'David Brent: Life On The Road'


'War On Everyone'

'The Young Offenders'

'Bridget Jones's Baby'

'Breaking the Bank'

'Adult Life Skills'

Best Action:


'Eddie The Eagle'

'The Girl With All the Gifts'

'The Guv'nor'

'The Fall of the Krays'

Best Drama:

'A Hundred Streets'

'Our Kind of Traitor'

'Sand Castle'

'After Love'

'I, Daniel Blake'



'American Honey'

Best Independent Feature:

'Couple in a Hole'

'Under the Shadow'


'The Fall of the Krays'

'Mob Handed'

'The Contract'

'Our Kind of Traitor'

'Stoner Express'

Best Documentary:

'Fire at Sea'

'Britain's Billionaire Immigrants'

'Stupid Man, Smartphone'

'Abused: the Untold Story'

'The Confession: Living the War on Terror'

'Five Days on Lesvos'

'A Plastic Ocean'

Best Thriller:


'The Ones Below'

'The Other Side Of The Door'

'Under the Shadow'

'Plan Z'


Best British Film:

'Kids in Love'

'Our Kind of Traitor'


'A United Kingdom'

'5 Greedy Bankers'


'A Street Cat Named Bob'

'Adult Life Skills'

Best Director:

Mandie Fletcher for 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'

Jim O'Hanlon for 'A Hundred Streets'

Noel Clarke for 'Brotherhood'

Oliver Parker for 'Dad's Army'

Dexter Fletcher for 'Eddie The Eagle'

Chris Foggin for 'Kids in Love'

Ricky Gervais for 'Life on the Road'

Susanna White for 'Our Kind of Traitor'

Fernando Coimbra for 'Sand Castle'

Rachel Tunnard, 'Adult Life Skills'

Babak Anvari, 'Under the Shadow'

Amma Asante, 'A United Kingdom'

Best Screenplay:

Andrea Arnold, 'American Honey'

Babak Anvari, 'Under the Shadow'

Rachel Tunnard, 'Adult Life Skills'

Chris Roessner, 'Sand Castle'

Guy Hibbert, 'A United Kingdom'

Simon Farnaby & Julian Baratt, 'Mindhorn'

Andrew Baldwin & James Watkins, 'The Take'

Best Foreign Language Film:

Neruda (Chile)

Divines (France)

Julieta (Spain)

Raw (France)

Dusky Paradise (Germany)

Kamper (Poland)

The Farm (Puerto Rico)

Global Contribution to Motion Picture:

Joan Collins

Kelsey Grammer

Hugh Grant

Julie Andrews

Pierce Brosnan

Simon Pegg

John Cleese

Jude Law

Catherine Zeta Jones

James Nesbit