‘The Crown’ Reigns Over BAFTA TV Nominations

The acclaimed Netflix series scores five nods

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The Crown reigns supreme over this year’s British Academy Television Awards, which will take place in London next month.

The first series of the lavish, big-budget Netflix drama has been nominated for a total of five awards, including the top category of Best Drama.

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Best Supporting Actress and Actor nominations have gone to Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, Jared Harris, who stars as King George VI, and John Lithgow, who takes on the iconic Winston Churchill.

Claire Foy has been nominated for Leading Actress for her superb turn as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s period drama, which centers on the monarch’s Coronation and early reign from 1953.

The poignant feature-length drama Damilola, Our Loved Boy–based on the tragic murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor in 2000–followed with three nominations.

Babou Ceesay, who incarnates Damilola’s father Richard Taylor, is nominated for Leading Actor, while Wunmi Mosaku, who featured as his mother Gloria Taylor, is up for Best Supporting Actress.

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The Crown

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The BBC dramas Fleabag, created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Sally Wainwright‘s Happy Valley, are also up for three categories each.

Meanwhile, despite winning a Golden Globe for his performance in John Le Carré‘s The Night Manager, Tom Hiddleston has missed out on a BAFTA nomination for Leading Actor.

The crime thriller only received one nod for Best Supporting Actor for Tom Hollander.

The international category includes HBO’s mini-series The Night Of up against Netflix’s Stranger Things, Fox’s anthology The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story and Amazon’s Transparent.

The Crown‘s creator Morgan recently revealed that the “soul” of the hugely anticipated second series “is about Prince Philip’s complexity.”

The BAFTA TV Awards will take place on May 14 at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

See the full list of nominees here.

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