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2016 was a hugely successful year for us at Mad Dog 2020 and we are delighted to see one of the year’s biggest films ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them’ receive five BAFTA nominations for the February event.

We are very proud to have supplied supporting artists and a number of featured artists to the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.

Directed by David Yates, the film tells the story of British Wizard ‘Newt Scamander’ (Eddie Redmayne) as he arrives in New York en route to Arizona in 1926 with a magic suitcase which houses multiple magical creatures.

The film is the first in the planned trilogy which saw Harry Potter author J K Rowling make her debut as a screenwriter. The film title is mentioned several times as a school textbook in the Harry Potter films and is often seen as preclude to the Harry Potter story.

Released in the UK on the 18th November 2016, Fantastic Beasts and where to find them has since gone on to make $796.4 million at the Box Office, making it the ninth highest grossing film of 2016.

The 2017 BAFTA nominations were announced on Tuesday morning and Fantastic Beasts and the five nominations the film received are for:

  • BAFTA for Best British Film
  • BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects
  • BAFTA for Best Sound Effects
  • BAFTA for Best Costume Design
  • BAFTA for Best Production Design

Nominated alongside films such as American Honey, I Daniel Blake, Denial, Under the Shadow and a second Mad Dog 2020 production; Notes on Blindness in the Outstanding British Film category, Fantastic Beasts will face some tough competition from some of the most critically acclaimed British films of the year.

Alongside its nomination in the Best British Film category, Notes on Blindness receives a further two nominations for Best Documentary, and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Notes on Blindness documents writer, John Hull’s journey through audio diary, as he loses his sight just before the birth of his first son.

The Best Special Visual Effects nominations sees some heavyweight movies of 2016 involved. Disney’s The Jungle Book and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are two stand out titles nominated.

Both films were huge box office successes with both achieving a gross of over $900 million with Arrival and Doctor Strange the other two nominations joining Fantastic Beasts in The Best Special Visual Effects category.

The Best Film of the Year sees a nomination for American romantic musical comedy drama La La Land. The film stars Hollywood A-listers Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who portrays an aspiring actress on her way to an audition when a distraction causes her a moment of road rage between her and co-star Gosling.

The film has already claimed the Best Film award and Emma Stone the Best actress award at the AACTA International Awards and is looking like the favourite to scoop the best film BAFTA.

The 2017 BAFTA award ceremony will be on Sunday 12th February from the Royal Albert Hall with Stephen Fry as host.

To find out how Mad Dog 2020 can find fantastic extras for you, read the blog post ‘Fantastic Extras and How to Find Them’, or get in touch with a member of the team today.

Contact Mad Dog 2020 on 0207 305 5272 or get in touch via our contact page for assistance with casting extras for film, television and commercials.

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