'12 Years A Slave' and 'American Hustle' also dominate shortlist
Sci-fi film Gravity has garnered the most nominations for the 2014 British Academy Film Awards.
The flick, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, picked up 11 BAFTA nominations on this year’s shortlist, with 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle both receiving 10 each. All three films are nominated in the Best Film category, which is completed by Philomena and Captain Phillips.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – who star in 12 Years…, American Hustle and Captain Phillips respectively – all received nominations for Best Leading Actor, alongside The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Leonardo DiCaprio and Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern.
Bullock’s performance in Gravity, meanwhile, secured her a Best Leading Actress nod. She will go up against Judi Dench for her role in Philomena, American Hustle‘s Amy Adams, Saving Mr Banks‘s Emma Thompson and Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett.
Elsewhere, 12 Years… stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o and American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are all up for Supporting acting prizes. Martin Scorsese, David O Russell, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuarón and Steve McQueen will compete for the Best Director award. For the full list of nominations, see awards.bafta.org.
Stephen Fry will host this year’s BAFTA Awards ceremony, which is due to take place on February 16 at London’s Royal Opera House. At last year’s event, Argo came out top at this year’s BAFTAs by winning three awards. The film, a dramatisation of the CIA-led operation to release American hostages held captive in Iran during the 1980 revolution, won Best Picture, Best Editing and Ben Affleck picked up Best Director.