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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
BAFTA Nominations 2014 Announced!
BAFTA Nominations 2014 Announced! Gravity has 11 nods, ahead of American Hustle & 12 Years A Slave
Source: British Academy of Film & Television
This morning in London saw the release of the 2014 British Academy Film Award nominations, and leading the pack is Gravity with 11 nominations, just ahead of 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle with 10 nominations each.
That said, given that Gravity is defined as a British film and therefore gets a shot at the additional category of Best British film, it's essentially a three-way tie between the films for head of the pack.Captain Phillips is just behind with nine nominations, while Saving Mr. Banks and Behind The Candelabra each get five. Philomena, Rush and The Wolf Of Wall Street each get four.
The latter film was unlucky to miss out on a Best Film nod, although Martin Scorsese is nominated as Best Director, which suggested that BAFTA voters - like their Oscar brethren, reportedly - were a little shocked at the sex and drugs and stockbroking in the film.
And while you may not have thought this was a particularly strong year for homegrown films, there are a full six nominees for Best British film, albeit that definition seems to include Saving Mr. Banks, presumably on the basis that screenwriter Kelly Marcel is British.
In the acting categories, there are few surprises in the lead actor and actress groups, with very well-deserved nods to the likes of Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. It's perhaps a surprise that Robert Redford missed out for All Is Lost, and the almost total shut-out ofInside Llewyn Davis and star Oscar Isaac is a shame, while Mandela gets a nod in the British film category but there's no love for Idris Elba or Naomie Harris, but otherwise it's a strong line-up.
In supporting actress, it's no surprise to see Blue Jasmine's Sally Hawkins, American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence or 12 Years A Slave's Lupita N'Yongo listed; Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey were perhaps less of a lock but both are worthy additions. In supporting actor, it was great to see Barkhad Abdi get a nod for Captain Phillips, alongside the higher profile likes of Michael Fassbender.
Only three animated films are nominated this year, but then it wasn't a banner year for the form.Despicable Me 2 and Monsters Inc may suffer from the fact that Frozen is still in cinemas and still fresh in voters' minds, but time will tell.
In the more technical categories, The Great Gatsby gets well-deserved nods for its production design, make-up & hair and costumes, and The Hobbit gets some love for its special effects. We wonder, however, if the other special visual effects nominees have much chance against the pull ofGravity.
This year's British Academy Film Awards take place on February 16, at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden once again. Stephen Fry is hosting, and Empire will be covering it on the night. In the meantime, here are the 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
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER Colin Carberry (Writer), Glenn Patterson (Writer) Good Vibrations Kelly Marcel (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor Paul Wright (Director/Writer), Polly Stokes (Producer) For Those in Peril Scott Graham (Director/Writer) Shell
DIRECTOR Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave David O. Russell - American Hustle Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips Alfonso Cuarón - Gravity Martin Scorsese - The Wolf Of Wall Street
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell - American Hustle Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón - Gravity Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis Bob Nelson - Nebraska
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY John Ridley - 12 Years A Slave Richard LaGravenese - Behind The Candelabra Billy Ray - Captain Phillips Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope - Philomena Terence Winter - The Wolf Of Wall Street
LEADING ACTOR Bruce Dern - Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Christian Bale - American Hustle Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
LEADING ACTRESS Amy Adams - American Hustle Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks Judi Dench - Philomena Sandra Bullock - Gravity
SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper - American Hustle Daniel Bruhl - Rush 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 Act Of Killing Blue Is The Warmest Colour The Great Beauty Metro Manila Wadjda
DOCUMENTARY The Act Of Killing The Armstrong Lie Blackfish Tim's Vermeer We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks
ANIMATED FILM Despicable Me 2 Frozen Monsters University
ORIGINAL MUSIC 12 Years A Slave - Hans Zimmer The Book Thief - John Williams Captain Phillips - Henry Jackman Gravity - Steven Price Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman
CINEMATOGRAPHY 12 Years A Slave - Sean Bobbitt Captain Phillips - Barry Ackroyd Gravity - Emmanuel Lubezki Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael
EDITING 12 Years A Slave - Joe Walker Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger Rush - Dan Hanley, Mike Hill The Wolf Of Wall Street - Thelma Schoonmaker
PRODUCTION DESIGN 12 Years A Slave - Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker American Hustle - Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler Behind The Candelabra - Howard Cummings Gravity - Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
COSTUME DESIGN American Hustle - Michael Wilkinson Behind The Candelabra - Ellen Mirojnick The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin The Invisible Woman - Michael O’Connor Saving Mr. Banks - Daniel Orlandi
MAKE UP & HAIR American Hustle - Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell Behind The Candelabra - Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin The Butler - Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal The Great Gatsby - Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
SOUND All Is Lost - Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur Captain Phillips - Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney Gravity - Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro Inside Llewyn Davis - Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff RUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS Gravity - Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds Iron Man 3 - Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick Pacific Rim - Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner Star Trek Into Darkness - Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION Everything I Can See From Here I Am Tom Moody Sleeping With The Fishes
BRITISH SHORT FILM Island Queen Keeping Up With The Joneses Orbit Ever After Room 8 Sea View
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) Dane DeHaan George McKay Lupita Nyong'o Will Poulter Lea Seydoux