AJ Odudu shows off her toned physique in a plunging sleeveless black blazer


AJ Odudu cut a stylish figure as she hosted a photocall for the BAFTAs nominations event in London on Thursday. 

The presenter and former Strictly star, 33, showed off her toned physique in a plunging sleeveless black blazer from Kaushik Velendra as she posed up a storm. 

She was joined by comedian Tom Allen at the photocall, before hitting the stage to help announce this year’s nominations. 

Looking good: Host AJ Odudu cut a stylish figure as she hosted a photocall for the BAFTAs nominations event in London on Thursday

AJ looked effortlessly chic in the jacket that had statement sleeves and was teamed with matching flared trousers that showed off her slim legs.

The star completed her look with a pair of studded shiny green strappy heels and silver dangly earrings. 

AJ wore her dark tresses up in a very sleek high pony tail and opted for a very glamorous makeup look, complete with a slick of silver eyeshadow.  

Style: The presenter and former Strictly star, 33, showed off her toned physique in a plunging sleeveless black blazer a she posed up a storm

Style: The presenter and former Strictly star, 33, showed off her toned physique in a plunging sleeveless black blazer a she posed up a storm

Fun: She was joined by comedian Tom Allen at the photocall, before hitting the stage to help announce this year's nominations

Fun: She was joined by comedian Tom Allen at the photocall, before hitting the stage to help announce this year’s nominations

The nominations for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards have been announced, with Dune, The Power Of The Dog and Belfast leading the nominations with 11, eight and six respectively.

Denis Villeneuve’s star-studded sci-fi epic landed a slew of technical nods, along with a nod for the top prize for Best Film, while Jane Campion’s dark Western and Kenneth Branagh’s Irish biopic follows close behind with eight and six respectively.

While the Academy once again recognised three women in the Director’s shortlist, this year’s nominations fell short on BAFTA’s vow to improve diversity, with only seven people of colour nominated in contrast to last year’s 12.

Pose: AJ looked effortlessly chic in the jacket that had statement sleeves

Work it: It was teamed with matching flared trousers that showed off her slim legs

Pose: AJ looked effortlessly chic in the jacket that had statement sleeves and was teamed with matching flared trousers that showed off her slim legs

Details: The star completed her look with a pair of studded shiny green strappy heels and silver dangly earrings

Details: The star completed her look with a pair of studded shiny green strappy heels and silver dangly earrings

Hosts: AJ and Tom announced the nominations for the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards on stage

Hosts: AJ and Tom announced the nominations for the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards on stage 

It looks set to be a competitive evening in the acting categories, with Lady Gaga, Caitriona Balfe and Benedict Cumberbatch battling it out for the leading honours, alongside newcomers Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ariana DeBose and Adeel Akhtar.  

While many of Dune’s nominations came in the technical categories, it’s also landed a nod for Best Film, alongside Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Licorice Pizza and The Power of the Dog. 

The critically-acclaimed film, the first of two films based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, had been tipped for awards glory, with Hans Zimmer once again recognised in the Original Score category, along with nods for Casting, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hair, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

Glowing: AJ wore her dark tresses up in a very sleek high pony tail for the event

Glowing: AJ wore her dark tresses up in a very sleek high pony tail for the event 

Pretty: She opted for a very glamorous makeup look, complete with a slick of silver eyeshadow

Posing: She put on a very confident display

Pretty: She opted for a very glamorous makeup look, complete with a slick of silver eyeshadow

After its success at the Golden Globes, the dark Western The Power of the Dog landed eight nominations, including Best Film, Director and Adapted Screenplay for Jane Campion, Leading Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, Original Score, Cinematography, and two nominations in the Supporting Actor category for Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. 

Following close behind is Belfast, which landed six nods despite an unexpected snub for Kenneth in the Director category.

The drama, which stars Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench and newcomer Jude Hill and is based on Kenneths’ childhood growing up in Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, was also nominated for Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress for Caitriona, Supporting Actor for Ciarán Hinds and Editing.

Exciting: The nominations for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards have been announced, with Dune, The Power Of The Dog and Belfast leading the nods

Exciting: The nominations for the 2022 British Academy Film Awards have been announced, with Dune, The Power Of The Dog and Belfast leading the nods

Dapper: Tom looked suave in a three-piece suit and red and pink tie as he posed with AJ at the photo call

Dapper: Tom looked suave in a three-piece suit and red and pink tie as he posed with AJ at the photo call

Confidence is key: AJ worked all her best angles and made sure that all eyes were on her

Confidence is key: AJ worked all her best angles and made sure that all eyes were on her 

Following the surprise BAFTA success of 2012’s Skyfall, the British Academy has also recognised Daniel Craig’s swan song in the James Bond franchise, with five nominations. 

The action-packed epic, which was delayed multiple times due to the Covid pandemic, landed nods for Outstanding British Film, Special Visual Effects, Editing, Cinematography and Sound. 

In the Outstanding British Film category, Belfast and No Time To Die will fight it out for the honour alongside After Love, Ali & Ava, Boiling Point, Cyrano, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, House of Gucci, Last Night in Soho, and Passing.

Group: BAFTA Deputy Chair Sara Putt and BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar posed with AJ and Tom

Group: BAFTA Deputy Chair Sara Putt and BAFTA Chair Krishnendu Majumdar posed with AJ and Tom 

The Leading Actress prize will go to either Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Emilia Jones (Coda), Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World), Joanna Scanlan (After Love), or Tessa Thompson (Passing) 

Adeel Akhtar (Ali & Ava), Mahershala Ali (Swan Song), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Leonardo DiCaprio (Don’t Look Up), Stephen Graham (Boiling Point) and Will Smith (King Richard) are shortlisted for the Leading Actor award.  

Nominated for Best Supporting Actress are Caitríona Balfe (Belfast), Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Ariana Debose (West Side Story), Ann Dowd (Mass), Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) and Ruth Negga (Passing).

Impressive: While many of Dune's nominations came in the technical categories, it's also landed a nod for Best Film, alongside Belfast, Don't Look Up, Licorice Pizza and The Power of the Dog

Impressive: While many of Dune’s nominations came in the technical categories, it’s also landed a nod for Best Film, alongside Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Licorice Pizza and The Power of the Dog

Radiant: AJ showed off her perfect complexion with a dewy and natural makeup look

Radiant: AJ showed off her perfect complexion with a dewy and natural makeup look

Mike Faist (West Side Story), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Troy Kotsur (Coda), Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon), Jesse Plemons (The Power Of The Dog), Kodi Smit-Mcphee (The Power Of The Dog) have landed nods for Supporting Actor. 

All of the performers in the Supporting Actor category are first-time nominees, with a total of 19 out of the 24 nominees up acting accolades earning their place on the shortlist for the first time.  

Disney’s critically-lauded musical Encanto leads the nominations for Animated Film, competing opposite Flee, Luca and The Mitchells Vs The Machines. 

Having fun: AJ and Tom had lots of chemistry together and larked about at the photocall

Having fun: AJ and Tom had lots of chemistry together and larked about at the photocall

BAFTAs 2022: THE NOMINATIONS

Best Film

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

Dune

Licorice Pizza

The Power of the Dog

 

Outstanding British Film

After Love

Ali & Ava

Belfast

Boiling Point

Cyrano

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

House of Gucci

Last Night in Soho

No Time To Die

Passing

Best Film: Dune is up for the big going as well as 10 more gongs

Best Film: Dune is up for the big going as well as 10 more gongs

Leading Actress

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Emilia Jones, CODA

Renata Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World

Joanna Scanlan, After Love

Tessa Thompson, Passing

 

Leading Actor

Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava

Mahershala Ali, Swansong

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Stephen Graham, Boiling Point

Will Smith, King Richard

 

Supporting Actress

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast

Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Ruth Negga, Passing

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ann Dowd, Mass

Leading Actress: Lady Gaga has a nod for House of Gucci

Leading Actress: Lady Gaga has a nod for House of Gucci

 Supporting Actor

Mike Faist, West Side Story

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

 

Director

Aleem Khan, After Love

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Audrey Diwan, Happening

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Julia Ducournau, Titane

 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

After Love

Boiling Point

The Harder They Fall

Keyboard Fantasies

Passing

Original Screenplay: Being the Ricardos is up for the gong

Original Screenplay: Being the Ricardos is up for the gong 

 Adapted Screenplay

CODA

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog  

 

Original Screenplay

Being the Ricardos

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

EE Rising Star Award

Harris Dickinson

Millicent Simmonds

Lashana Lynch

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Ariana DeBose

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch is nominated

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch is nominated

 Cinematography

Dune

Nightmare Alley

No Time To Die

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

Animated Film

Encanto

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs The Machines

 

Documentary

Becoming Cousteau

Cow

Flee

The Rescue

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Costume Design: Cruella has been nominated

Costume Design: Cruella has been nominated

Film Not in the English Language

Drive My Car

The Hand of God

Parallel Mothers

Petite Maman

The Worst Person in the World

 

Costume Design

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

 

Make Up & Hair

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune

The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Original Score: Don’t Look Up is up for a gong

Original Score: Don’t Look Up is up for a gong 

Original Score

Being The Ricardos

Don’t Look Up

Dune

The French Dispatch

The Power of the Dog

 

Editing

Belfast

Dune

Licorice Pizza

No Time To Die

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

 

Production Design

Cyrano

Dune

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Sound

 

Special Visual Effects

British Short Animation

Casting

Boiling Point

Dune

The Hand of God

King Richard

West Side Story

Editing: Black and white film Belfast is nominated

Editing: Black and white film Belfast is nominated

 



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