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The Grand Budapest Hotel leads BAFTA nominations

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Story by Jack Foley

WES Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel leads this year’s BAFTA nominations with 11 nods.

The nominations include citations for best film, best actor (for leading man Ralph Fiennes) and best director (for Anderson).

The film faces competition from superhero drama Birdman and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, with 10 apiece, and from Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, which has nine nods.

The Theory of Everything has been shortlisted in the four main categories, including best film. Eddie Redmayne, who plays Professor Hawking, and Felicity Jones, as his first wife Jane Wilde, are up for best actor and best actress.

Benedict Cumberbatch receives a best actor nod for his portrayal of Turing in The Imitation Game, while the film also gains Keira Knightley a nomination for best supporting actress.

The five main contenders for best film are Birdman, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

While the Outstanding British Film category also saw The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game shortlisted against 71, Paddington, Pride and Under The Skin.

Competing for best actor along with Cumberbatch and Redmayne are Birdman‘s Michael Keaton, Jake Gyllenhaal (for Nightcrawler) and Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest.

And in the best actress category, Felicity Jones faces competition from fellow Brit Rosamund Pike (for Gone Girl), Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).

Among the notable absentees from the BAFTA shortlist is Mike Leigh’s critically-lauded Mr Turner, which was frozen out of the main categories.

The film won Timothy Spall a best actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year, but is only up for technical prizes, including costume design and cinematography.

Angelina Jolie’s wartime drama Unbroken and Martin Luther King drama Selma also were snubbed in the major categories.

The winners will be announced at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry on February 8, 2015.

View the nominees in full