Slumdog takes on Button for top Bafta honours
Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each received 11 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards today.
Following her US awards success, Kate Winslet had two nominations in the leading actress category - one for The Reader and one for Revolutionary Road.
The Dark Knight had nine nominations and Changeling had eight.
Frost/Nixon received six nominations, The Reader had five and In Bruges, Milk and Revolutionary Road all had four each.
The British film industry is already riding high. Earlier this week, Winslet and Slumdog Millionaire made it a night to remember for the British film community at the Golden Globes.
The star scooped two awards and Slumdog Millionaire, the story of how impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik became a contestant on the Hindi version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire took home four trophies including best dramatic film. The movie also went down a storm at the recent Critics' Choice Awards.
Slumdog Millionaire was nominated in the Bafta categories Best Film, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Music, Production Design, Sound and Outstanding British Film.
Danny Boyle has been nominated for Director, 18-year-old Dev Patel for Leading Actor and Freida Pinto received a nomination as Supporting Actress.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was nominated for Best Film, Director for David Fincher, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, Make Up & Hair, Music, Production Design and Special Visual Effects.
Those battling it out for Best Film alongside The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire are Frost/Nixon, Milk and The Reader.
In the Outstanding British Film category were the award-winning Hunger which documents the life of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, In Bruges, Mamma Mia! - which recently became the highest-grossing film in the UK, and Man On Wire as well as Slumdog.
Teenager Patel will compete against veteran actor Mickey Rourke in the Leading Actor category, for Rourke's much-hailed comeback role in The Wrestler.
In the same category as the pair were Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon, Sean Penn for Milk and Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Winslet will be going head to head in the Leading Actress category with Angelina Jolie for Changeling, Kristin Scott Thomas for I've Loved You So Long and Meryl Streep for Doubt.
Pitt was a double nominee, also nominated in the Supporting Actor category for Burn After Reading.
The late Heath Ledger was also nominated for Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight.
Jonathan Ross will present the Baftas ceremony next month, a fortnight after the BBC lifts his suspension over the Andrew Sachs lewd phone calls row.
Ross used his page on the social networking website Twitter to invite public suggestions for an unlikely word he could incorporate into his Bafta routine.
He wrote: "Thanks for Bafta suggestions. Will whittle them down to a top three then slip one in."
The BBC announced yesterday that this year's Baftas at London's Royal Opera House on February 8 will be shown across three TV channels for the first time.
Here are the Orange British Academy Film Awards nominations:
* Best Film
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
* Outstanding British Film
Man On Wire
* The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer for Their First Feature Film
Simon Chinn, Producer - Man On Wire
Judy Craymer, Producer - Mamma Mia!
Garth Jennings, Writer - Son Of Rambow
Steve McQueen, Director/Writer - Hunger
Solon Papadopoulos/Roy Boulter, Producers - Of Time And The City
Changeling - Clint Eastwood
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - David Fincher
Frost/Nixon - Ron Howard
The Reader - Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire - Danny Boyle
* Original Screenplay
Burn After Reading - Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
Changeling - J Michael Straczynski
I've Loved You So Long - Philippe Claudel
In Bruges - Martin McDonagh
Milk - Dustin Lance Black
* Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Eric Roth
Frost/Nixon - Peter Morgan
The Reader - David Hare
Revolutionary Road - Justin Haythe
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy
* Film Not In The English Language
The Baader Meinhof Complex
I've Loved You So Long
Waltz With Bashir
* Animated Film
Waltz With Bashir
* Leading Actor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
* Leading Actress
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader
Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road
* Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr - Tropic Thunder
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Brad Pitt - Burn After Reading
* Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Freida Pinto - Slumdog Millionaire
Tilda Swinton - Burn After Reading
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat
The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard
Mamma Mia! - Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus
Slumdog Millionaire - AR Rahman
Walloe - Thomas Newman
Changeling - Tom Stern
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight - Wally Pfister
The Reader - Chris Menges/Roger Deakins
Slumdog Millionaire - Anthony Dod Mantle
Changeling - Joel Cox/Gary D Roach
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Kirk Baxter/Angus Wall
The Dark Knight - Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon - Mike Hill/Dan Hanley
In Bruges - Jon Gregory
Slumdog Millionaire - Chris Dickens
* Production Design
Changeling - James J Murakami/Gary Fettis
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Donald Graham Burt/Victor J Zolfo
The Dark Knight - Nathan Crowley/Peter Lando
Revolutionary Road - Kristi Zea/Debra Schutt
Slumdog Millionaire - Mark Digby/Michelle Day
* Costume Design
Changeling - Deborah Hopper
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Jacqueline West
The Dark Knight - Lindy Hemming
The Duchess - Michael O'Connor
Revolutionary Road - Albert Wolsky
Changeling - Walt Martin/Alan Robert Murray/John Reitz/Gregg Rudloff
The Dark Knight - Lora Hirschberg/Richard King/Ed Novick/Gary Rizzo
Quantum Of Solace - Eddy Joseph/Chris Munro/Mike Prestwood Smith/Mark Taylor
Slumdog Millionaire - Glenn Freemantle/Resul Pookutty/Richard Pryke/Tom Sayers/ Ian Tapp
Walloe - Ben Burtt/Tom Myers/Michael Semanick/Matthew Wood
* Special Visual Effects
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Eric Barba/Craig Barron/Nathan McGuinness/ Edson Williams
The Dark Knight - Chris Corbould/Nick Davis/Paul Franklin/Tim Webber
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull - Pablo Helman
Iron Man - Shane Patrick Mahan/John Nelson/Ben Snow
Quantum Of Solace - Chris Corbould/Kevin Tod Haug
* Make Up and Hair
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Jean Black/Colleen Callaghan
The Dark Knight - Peter Robb-King
The Duchess - Daniel Phillips/Jan Archibald
Frost/Nixon - Edouard Henriques/Kim Santantonio
Milk - Steven E Anderson/Michael White
* Short Animation
Wallace And Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death
* Short Film
Kingsland £1 The Dreamer
Love You More
Voyages D'Affaires (The Business Trip)
* The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
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