The 2014 BAFTA Award nominations announced, Gravity in the lead

MUMBAI: The British equivalent of the Oscars, the 2014 British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards Nominations was announced on Wednesday morning by Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) and Luke Evans (The Hobbit).


Gravity, the space themed movie has topped the nominations with 11 nods including Best Film and Outstanding British Film. Sandra Bullock has garnered the Best Actress nod for her role as the medical engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone. Director, Alfonso Cuaron has also been nominated in the Best Director category; he also shares the Best Original Screenplay nomination with his son, Jonas Cuaron. The film has also garnered nominations for Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Special Visual Effects.


12 Years a Slave is nominated for Best Film, Director for Steve McQueen, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing and Production Design. While, American Hustle received nominations for Best Film, Director for David O. Russell, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.


Behind the Candelabra is nominated in Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair. Matt Damon is nominated for Supporting Actor.


Saving Mr. Banks receives nominations for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, Original Music and Costume Design. Emma Thompson is nominated for Leading Actress.


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is nominated for Outstanding British Film, alongside Gravity, Philomena, Rush, Saving Mr. Banks and The Selfish Giant.


Behind the Candelabra and Saving Mr. Banks are each nominated five times. Philomena, Rush and The Wolf of Wall Street have four nominations. Blue Jasmine, The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska have each been nominated three times. The Act of Killing, The Butler and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug have two nominations each.


Best actor nominations went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Christian Bale for American Hustle, Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips.


Competing alongside Bullock for best actress are Amy Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen's tragic comedy Blue Jasmine, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks, and Judi Dench for Philomena. The awards ceremony for the BAFTAs, formally called the EE British Academy Film Awards, will take place in London on 16 February.

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