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:
12 Years a Slave
Outstanding British film
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Saving Mr. Banks
The Selfish Giant
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
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)
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
The Wolf of Wall Street
Best original screenplay
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
We Steal Secrets
Best animated film
Despicable Me 2
Rising Star award
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