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article image'Gravity' leads BAFTAs with 11 nominations

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 8, 2014 in Entertainment
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handed "Gravity" 11 nominations while "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" grabbed 10 each.
The announcement was made today (Jan. 8). For the most part, the nominations are falling in line, with only the Oscars left on the plate to compare, as far as major award items are concerned. There is one glaring exception, however. "Philomena" lands a Best Film nod, but that is not a surprise considering it is the BAFTAs. That film has gained a great deal of recognition as 2013 wrapped, too.
No, do not do a double take when looking here, as Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra" gets in. It was a movie (on HBO in the states, which would make it a TV category).
The director category is exactly the same as the Directors Guild of America and out here, too, are "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "The Butler." Oprah did get a supporting nod, though. The top directors and film are different in only one nomination, which is that of Martin Scorsese. His film is not in the top category but he is for director.
There is also an Outstanding British Film along side Best Film. They do differ, as they should, or should they? The best is best, right? Not always, but "Saving Mr. Banks" grabs a top British nomination and not a film one. "Gravity" and "Philomena" get in both. Get that scorecard ready, with a pencil.
BEST FILM
"12 Years A Slave"
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"Philomena"
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
"Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"
"Saving Mr. Banks"
"Philomena"
"The Selfish Giant"
"Gravity"
"Rush"
DIRECTOR
"12 Years a Slave" - Steve McQueen
"American Hustle" - David O. Russell
"Captain Phillips" - Paul Greengrass
"Gravity" - Alfonso Cuarón
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - Martin Scorsese
LEADING ACTOR
Christian Bale - "American Hustle"
Leonardo Dicaprio - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Bruce Dern - "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years a Slave"
Tom Hanks - "Captain Phillips"
LEADING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock - "Gravity"
Judi Dench - "Philomena"
Emma Thompson - "Saving Mr. Banks"
ANIMATED FILM
"Despicable Me 2" - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
"Frozen" - Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
"Monsters University" - Dan Scanlon
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi - "Captain Phillips"
Daniel Bruhl - "Rush"
Bradley Cooper - "American Hustle"
Matt Damon - "Behind the Candelabra"
Michael Fassbender - "12 Years a Slave"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence - "American Hustle"
Julia Roberts - "August: Osage County"
Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years a Slave"
Oprah Winfrey - "The Butler"
Sally Hawkins - "Blue Jasmine"
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
"The Actor of Killing" - Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
"Blue is the Warmest Colour" - Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
"The Great Beauty" - Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
"Metro Manila" - Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier
"Wadjda" - Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
For a complete list of the film nominations, head here.
The awards will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. Stephen Fry is host.
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