Cold Mountain leads Bafta nominations

Cold Mountain and The Lord Of The Rings led the nominations today for this year's Baftas, the British equivalent of the Oscars.

Jude Law and Renee Zellweger were both named for Cold Mountain but there was no nomination for its female lead, Nicole Kidman.

The American Civil War drama got 13 nominations while The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King received 12.

Girl With A Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth as the painter Vermeer, was nominated in 10 categories.

Sean Penn has two best actor nominations - for 21 Grams and Mystic River - while Scarlett Johansson is up for two best actress awards for her roles in Girl With A Pearl Earring and Lost In Translation.

Stephen Fry announced the nominees at the Bafta headquarters in Piccadilly, central London. He will host the awards ceremony for the fourth year running at the Odeon in Leicester Square on 15 February.

Kidman was widely expected to make the best actress shortlist but Bafta voters decided otherwise.

The surprise snub is all the more marked because the Australian actress won the award last year for her performance in The Hours.

Her Cold Mountain role has been recognised in the US, where it has earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

The best actress list instead includes Anne Reid, the 68-year-old star of The Mother who was previously best known for her roles in Victoria Wood comedy dinnerladies and as Ken Barlow's first wife Val in Coronation Street.

Reid is up against Uma Thurman for Kill Bill Vol 1, Naomi Watts for 21 Grams and the young actress Scarlett Johansson.

Johansson, 19, is nominated for her roles in two of the most critically acclaimed films of the year - Lost In Translation and Girl With A Pearl Earring.

Sean Penn similarly has two nominations in the best actor category, for 21 Grams and Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.

The other contenders are his 21 Grams co-star Benicio Del Toro, Bill Murray for Lost In Translation, Johnny Depp for Pirates Of the Caribbean and Jude Law for Cold Mountain.

There was disappointment for the makers of British hit Love Actually, which picked up only three nominations despite its success at the box office.

Hugh Grant does not get a mention, although Bill Nighy is up for best supporting actor and Emma Thompson for best supporting actress.

Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation has eight nominations, as does Russell Crowe's seafaring epic Master And Commander.

Tim Burton's Big Fish, starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney, has seven.

Another surprise omission is Calendar Girls, a hit at the box office but snubbed by Bafta voters.

Stars Helen Mirren and Julie Walters were overlooked for acting honours and the film failed to make the shortlist for best British film.

The Baftas also have an additional "people's choice" award, voted for by the British public. The Orange Film Of The Year category comprises the top 10 box office hits of 2003.

They are Bruce Almighty, Calendar Girls, Finding Nemo, Love Actually, Johnny English, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of the Black Pearl, Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, X2: X Men United, The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King and The Matrix Reloaded.

Arts and Entertainment

game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers

Arts and Entertainment
The original Star Wars trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

George Osborne confirms Star Wars 8 will film at Pinewood Studios in time for 4 May

film

Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’

North London meets The Exorcist in eerie suburban drama

TV

Arts and Entertainment

Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year

TV

Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington plays MI5 agent Will Holloway in Spooks: The Greater Good

'You can't count on anyone making it out alive'film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before