Gravity dominates BAFTAS

Sandra Bullock

Gravity leads the 2014 BAFTA line-up with 11 nominations.

Those in the running for the annual prizes were announced in London this morning by Luke Evans and Helen McCrory, who were joined by BAFTA’s chairman John Willis.

Hot on the heels of the release which is set in space are 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, both with ten nods.

All three are in the running for the prestigious best film prize along with Captain Phillips and Philomena.

The fight for best British film this year is between Gravity, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Philomena, Rush, Saving Mr. Banks and The Selfish Giant.

This year’s best actress category is full of talent with Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) battling for the prestigious prize.

The men’s version will go to either Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) or Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave).

American Hustle’s Bradley Cooper is up for a supporting actor gong for his portrayal of undercover CIA agent Richie DiMaso, who helps Amy and Christian’s con artists characters in the movie. Joining him are Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips; German actor Daniel Brühl for Rush; Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabra and Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave.

Jennifer Lawrence leads the best supporting actress category for her role in American Hustle and will compete against Julia Roberts for August: Osage County; Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave; Oprah Winfrey for The Butler and Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine.

Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón is in the running for the best director award. Other iconic directors in the category are 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen, American Hustle’s David O. Russell, Captain Phillips’ Paul Greengrass and Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street.

The EE BAFTAs will take place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry.

BAFTA 2014 main nominees:

Best film

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Philomena

Outstanding British film

Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Philomena

Rush

Saving Mr. Banks

The Selfish Giant

Best actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Best supporting actor

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

Daniel Brühl (Rush)

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Best supporting actress

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Best director

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

David O Russell (American Hustle)

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best adapted screenplay

12 Years a Slave

Behind the Candelabra

Captain Phillips

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best original screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Best documentary

The Act of Killing

The Armstrong Lie

Blackfish

Tim’s Vermeer

We Steal Secrets

Best animated film

Despicable Me 2

Frozen

Monsters University

Rising Star award

Dane DeHaan

George MacKay

Lupita Nyong’o

Will Poulter

Léa Seydoux

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