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Death Stranding and Control break BAFTA record with 11 award nominations each

Actor Norman Reedus also received a nomination for his role as Sam

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The British Academy Games Awards nominations were announced today, and two different games each broke a long-standing record. Both Control and Death Stranding were nominated in 11 categories each, the most ever in the award’s 16-year history. Other nominees include Disco Elysium, which had seven nominations, and Untitled Goose Game, which recently took home game of the year honors at the 2020 DICE Awards.

Awards are presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and are also known as the BAFTA Game Awards. Other high-performing titles include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Life is Strange 2, and Outer Wilds, which each received five nominations. The awards will take place on April 2.

This year’s slate includes four new award categories, including animation and technical achievement. BAFTA members also chose to nominate individual performers for the first time, with categories for leading role and supporting role. Norman Reedus gets a nod for his role as Sam in Death Stranding, and Martti Suosalo has been recognized for his work as the enigmatic Ahti the Janitor in Control.

You can see all of the nominees below, and on the official BAFTA website.


Artistic Achievement

Audio Achievement

Best Game

  • Control
  • Disco Elysium
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Outer Wilds
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Untitled Goose Game

British Game

Debut Game

Evolving Game


Game Beyond Entertainment

Game Design

  • Baba Is You
  • Control
  • Disco Elysium
  • Outer Wilds
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Wattam




  • Control
  • Disco Elysium
  • Life Is Strange 2 (episodes 2-5)
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Original Property

  • Baba Is You
  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Performer in a Leading Role

  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden in Control
  • Logan Marshall-Green as David in Telling Lies
  • Gonzalo Martin as Sean Diaz in Life is Strange 2 (episodes 2-5)
  • Barry Sloane as Captain Price in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding

Performer in a Supporting Role

  • Jolene Andersen as Karen Reynolds in Life is Strange 2 (episodes 2-5)
  • Troy Baker as Higgs in Death Stranding
  • Sarah Bartholomew as Cassidy (Lucy Rose Jones) in Life is Strange 2 (episodes 2-5)
  • Ayisha Issa as Fliss in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • Léa Seydoux as Fragile in Death Stranding
  • Martti Suosalo as Ahti the Janitor in Control

Technical Achievement

EE Mobile Game of the Year, a category voted for by the public

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