2014 BAFTA nominations: Gravity leads the way, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle dominate again

With just over a week to go until the Oscar nominations are announced, the British have once again revealed their nominees for 2014 as the awards race begins to hot up.

Sci-fi blockbuster Gravity is out in front with a weighty eleven nominations including Best Film and Outstanding British film while director Alfonso Cuaron and actress Sandra Bullock are also recognised in their own categories.

Historical drama 12 Years a Slave and crime caper American Hustle are tied for second with ten nominations each and are also competing in the coveted Best Film category along with sea-based thriller Captain Phillips and British dramedy Philomena.

Cuaron will battle it out for the Best Director award with British duo Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) and Steve McQueen (12 Years) plus David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Martin Scorsese (Wolf of Wall Street).
The Outstanding British Film category features a six-strong lineup consisting of Gravity and Philomena plus Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Rush, Saving Mr Banks and The Selfish Giant.
In the acting stakes, British pair Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years) and Christian Bale (American Hustle) will contest Best Actor along with veteran Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo Di-Caprio (Wolf of Wall Street) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips).

Best Actress sees Sandra Bullock (Gravity) up against Hollywood heavyweights Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) plus British stars Judi Dench (Philomena, the 15th acting nomination of her BAFTA career) and Emma Thompson (Mr Banks).

In the Supporting categories, Jared Leto’s surprise snub for Dallas Buyers Club paves the way for Michael Fassbender (12 Years) to potentially win Supporting Actor but he faces stiff competition from Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) and newcomers Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and Daniel Bruhl (Rush). The latter two have now hit the main guilds going into next week’s Oscar announcement.

Supporting Actress sees Jennifer Lawrence (America Hustle) up against Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years) as well as Hollywood heavyweights Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) and Oprah Winfrey (The Butler). British star Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) completes the lineup having been overlooked by BAFTA in previous times.

However there were several notable (and disappointing!) snubs in the acting categories including Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Matthew McConaughey (and Leto for Dallas Buyers Club), Idris Elba and Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Robert Redford (All is Lost), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and June Squibb (Nebraska).

Cloud Atlas, Her, Man of Steel and Prisoners were amongst the high-profile films to be completely ignored for nominations.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 16th February at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Comedian/actor Stephen Fry returns as host for the ninth time with the ceremony being broadcast on BBC One.

The full list of nominations are below (with my winner predictions in blue):

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr Banks

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Adbi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Matt Damon – Behind the Candelabra
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
Oprah Winfrey – The Butler

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
12 Years a Slave
Behind the Candelabra
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
Gravity
The Great Gatsby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr Banks

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Butler
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

BEST EDITING
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Rush
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST SOUND
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

BEST FILM MUSIC
Henry Jackman – Captain Phillips
Thomas Newman – Saving Mr Banks
Steven Price – Gravity
John Williams – The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Metro Manila
Wadjda

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Colin Carberry & Glenn Patterson (writers, Good Vibrations)
Kieran Evans (writer-director, Kelly + Victor)
Scott Graham (writer-director, Shell)
Kelly Marcel (writer, Saving Mr Banks)
Paul Wright & Polly Stokes (writer-director and producer, For Those in Peril)

RISING STAR AWARD
Dane DeHaan
George Mackay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux

Before some of you ask, I highly doubt I’ll be going to this year’s red carpet. I’m a working man nowadays!

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