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Gravity leads BAFTA Film nominations


Story by Jack Foley

ALFONSO Cuaron’s space epic Gravity leads the way at this year’s BAFTAs with 11 nominations, including best film and best British film.

Sandra Bullock is also shortlisted for best actress, while Cuaron himself is in the running for best director.

The fim faces tough competition from the likes of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, which earned 10 nominations along with David O Russell’s American Hustle.

Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips also secured multiple nominations with a total of nine.

12 Years A Slave‘s 10 nods include five in the main categories: best film, best director, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, who was shortlisted on the EE Rising Star Award shortlist on Monday.

American Hustle, meanwhile, saw nods for Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the acting categories, as well as best film, and best director for David O Russell, who was also shortlisted for original screenplay.

Other movies competing for best film include Captain Phillips and Philomena, the latter of which is also nominated for best British film alongside Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Saving Mr Banks, The Selfish Giant and Rush.

For best actor, Ejiofor is seen as a strong favourite for 12 Years A Slave but faces tough competition from American Hustle‘s Bale, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Bruce Dern for Nebraska and Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street.

And in the best actress category, Bullock is shortlisted against Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks and Dame Judi Dench for Philomena, who set a Bafta record, with her 15th acting nomination.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014.

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