Box office blockbuster Gravity led the way at the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, but faces strong competition from acclaimed slavery film 12 Years a Slave.
Judi Dench also became the most nominated actress at the Baftas, after she received a nod for Philomena. She has been nominated 15 times and won six. She overtakes Meryl Streep, who missed out on a nomination for August: Osage County.
The nominations for the 2014 Baftas were revealed by actors Helen McCrory and Luke Evans at the organisation’s headquarters in Piccadilly this morning.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said: “It is a fantastic year, and what's really great is to see British talent throughout the nominations. Whether it's British directors, actors or behind the camera talent. It really shows the strength of the industry at the moment.” Ms Berry added that this trend marked a change from recent years.
Gravity, the effects-laden thriller set in space, received 11 nominations including best film, as well as nods to director Alfonso Cuaron and star Sandra Bullock, her first Bafta nomination. Another first is the nomination for Oprah Winfrey, in the best supporting actress category for The Butler.
Despite the US stars and a Mexican director, the vast majority of Gravity’s crew were from the UK, where it was shot, including the special effects team from Framestore, which made it eligible for the award for outstanding British film.
12 Years a Slave, directed by British artist-turned-director Steve McQueen received 10 nominations including for McQueen, as well as best film, Chiwetel Ejiofor for leading actor and Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.
Baftas 2014: Actor nominees
Baftas 2014: Actor nominees
1/20 Leading Actor
British actor Christian Bale has been nominated for his role as con man Irving Rosenfeld in crime drama American Hustle - here pictured left with co-stars Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.
2/20 Leading Actress
Another Brit in the running - Judi Dench is nominated for her role as Philomena in Stephen Frears' drama of the same name about a journalist who picks up on the story of a woman's hunt for her estranged son.
3/20 Leading Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor has been given a nod for his role in Steve McQueen's harrowing adaptation 12 Years a Slave. The British actor plays New Yorker free man Solomon Northup who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-1800s.
4/20 Leading Actress
Gravity is leading the Bafta pack with 11 nominations and one has gone to Sandra Bullock for her role as medical engineer Ryan Stone who is on her first space mission.
5/20 Leading Actor
Bruce Dern is nominated for his role as Woody Grant in US comedy drama Nebraska - here pictured with Will Forte who plays his son David in the film.
6/20 Leading Actress
Amy Adams has been given a nod for her role as the manipulative Sydney Prosser in American Hustle - here pictured left with co-star Christian Bale.
7/20 Leading Actor
Leonardo Di Caprio is up for a Bafta for his role as wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street.
8/20 Leading Actress
Cate Blanchett has earned a nomination for her role as the deeply troubled New York socialite Jasmine in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
9/20 Leading Actor
Tom Hanks is nominated for his role as Captain Richard Phillips in Captain Phillips. Paul Greengrass' film is based on the 2009 hijacking of a US cargo shop by Somali pirates.
10/20 Leading Actress
British actress Emma Thompson is up for a Bafta for her role as Mary Poppins author PL Travers in Disney's Saving Mr Banks - here pictured with co-star Tom Hanks.
11/20 Supporting Actor
Another nod for American Hustle - this time in the form of a nomination for Bradley Cooper who plays wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso - here pictured left with fellow Bafta nominee Christian Bale.
12/20 Supporting Actress
Julia Roberts has been nominated for her role as the strong-willed Barbara Weston in John Well's August: Osage County - here pictured embracing Meryl Streep's Violet.
13/20 Supporting Actor
Matt Damon has been nominated for his role as pianist Liberace's much-younger lover Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra - here pictured right with Michael Douglas.
14/20 Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence has earned a Bafta nomination for her role as Christian Bale's neurotic wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
15/20 Supporting Actor
Spanish-born German actor Daniel Brühl has been nominated for his role as 1970s Formula One racing driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's fast-paced drama Rush.
16/20 Supporting Actress
Kenyan rising star Lupita Nyong'o has earned a nod for her role as cotton picker Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
17/20 Supporting Actor
Michael Fassbender has been given a nod for his role as brutal plantation owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave - here pictured left with Chiwetel Ejiofor.
18/20 Supporting Actress
US talk show host Oprah Winfrey is nominated for her role as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels' biographical drama The Butler - here pictured with co-star Forest Whitaker.
19/20 Supporting Actor
Somalian actor Barkhad Abdi is nominated for his role as Somali pirate captain Muse in Captain Phillips.
20/20 Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins has scored a Bafta nomination for her role as Jasmine's sister Ginger in Blue Jasmine - here pictured with co-star Andrew Dice Clay.
Chiwetel said he was "proud" of the recognition the film had received. “I continue to be immensely proud of the recognition this film is getting around the world. There is, of course, something particularly special about receiving a Bafta nomination from home,” he said.
Also with 10 nominations was American Hustle, including best film, its director David O. Russell, and stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence received a nomination as best supporting actress.
The best actress competitive category also includes early favourite Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks.
The best actor category is rounded out by Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street and Bruce Dern for Nebraska.
Competing with Gravity for outstanding British film is Philomena, also up for best film. Steve Coogan, who produced, wrote and starred in the film, said: “ Philomena has been a labour of love, to make a film with the very best people, where comedy and pathos sit side by side is not easy. We all wanted to make something sincere and uncynical without being naïve. To have it acknowledged by Bafta is very satisfying.”
The best British category is rounded out by Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Rush, Saving Mr Banks and The Selfish Giant.
Another strong category was for documentary, with the hugely acclaimed The Act of Killing going up against The Armstrong Lie, about cyclist Lance Armstrong, Blackfish, Tim’s Vermeer and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.
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