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BAFTAs 2011: The King's Speech leads nominations

The King's Speech

Story by Jack Foley

THE King’s Speech leads the nominations at this year’s BAFTAs with a mighty 14 nominations.

The historical Royal drama has been shortlisted in most of the main categories, with nods for best film, outstanding British film, best actor (Colin Firth), best supporting actor and actress (Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter) and best director (Tom Hooper).

But it faces stiff competition from the likes of Black Swan, which secured 12 nominations, Inception, which gained nine, and 127 Hours and True Grit, which got eight apiece.

Golden Globe winner The Social Network has six nods and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has five.

As ever, and deservedly so in what has been a strong year for British productions, there is a greater emphasis on UK achievement where several of the categories seek solely to recognise this talent.

It means that Four Lions gets two nods, for Best British Film and for Chris Morris in the Outstanding Debut by A British Writer, Director or Producer category.

While Mike Leigh’s Another Year and women’s rights drama Made in Dagenham are also among the nominees.

Swedish crime thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is also in the running in three categories, along with Toy Story 3 and The Fighter.

The five films competing for best film, though, are pretty much as expected with The King’s Speech up against Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network and True Grit.

Speech is also in the running for Outstanding British Film along with 127 Hours, Another Year, Four Lions and Made in Dagenham.

The best actor category will be contested between Colin Firth, Javier Bardem (for Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Networh) and James Franco (127 Hours).

And the best actress category will pitt The Kids Are All Right co-stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening against each other, along with Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Noomi Rapace for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit.

Pete Postlethwaite, who died a fortnight ago, is nominated in the best supporting actor category for The Town.

The nominations were announced on Tuesday, January 18 by BAFTA Chairman Tim Corrie, actor Dominic Cooper and actress Talulah Riley.

The winners will be announced at the star-studded Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 13, 2011.

View the full list of nominees