With 11 nominations, British film Gravity is the frontrunner in the buildup to this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and UK cast, crew and facilities are well represented amongst the nominees.
Nods for Alfonso Cuarón’s space thriller Gravity include Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography, with Sandra Bullock nominated as Best Actress.
British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing and Production Design. British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for Leading Actor.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said: “It is a fantastic year, and what's really great is to see British talent throughout the nominations. Whether its British directors, actors or behind the camera talent. It really shows the strength of the industry at the moment.”
Stephen Frears’ Philomena is included in the Best Film line-up, with three further nominations in Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay for Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, and Leading Actress for national treasure Judi Dench.
Exclusive Media produced Rush received 4 nominations including Outstanding British Film, Editing and Sound. Clio Barnard’s critically acclaimed The Selfish Giant, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, complete the nominations for Outstanding British Film.
British talent of the future has ben spotlighted, with actors George MacKay and Will Poulter both nominated for the Rising Star Award, and a broad range of original new filmmakers in the Outstanding Debut and Short Categories.
The winners will be announced on Sunday 16 February at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Opera House, London.