Baftas 2014: 'Gravity' Pulls in the Nominations While Chiwetel Ejiofor Stands a Great Chance

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The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.

GravityGravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations

So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is considered to be a frontrunner for the Best Actor award, a category he shares with Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks. Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Emma Thompson comrise a supremely talented Actress category.

You read our review of Gravity here. And watch the trailer here.

Barkhad Adbi, who playes the desperate, sinister Somali pirate who takes over Captain Phillips’ ship gets a nod in Best Supporting Actor alongside Daniel Bruhl, Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender. Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey are all in line for Supporting actress.

Check out the trailer for 12 Years a Slave.

The director category sees Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass, Steve McQueen, David O Russell and Martin Scorsese in line. Will McQueen take it for his emotive, often hard-to-watch slave drama, or will the sheer magnitude of Cuaron’s visual festival that was Gravity see him lift the gong?

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor is favourite for both Bafta and Oscar wins

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 its British directors, actors or behind the camera talent. It really shows the strength of the industry at the moment.”

Here are the nominations in full, including the ones I didn’t have time to work into fancy pros for you:

Best film

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena

Outstanding British film

Gravity
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Philomena
Rush
Saving Mr Banks
The Selfish Giant

Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Actress

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Supporting actor

Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Supporting actress

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Director

Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O Russell (American Hustle)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Adapted screenplay

12 Years a Slave
Behind the Candelabra
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Original screenplay

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Animated film

Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University

Documentary

The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Tim's Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

Foreign film

The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Metro Manila Wadjda

Cinematography

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Costume design

American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr Banks

Editing
12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips
Gravity Rush
The Wolf of Wall Street

Make-up and hair

American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Butler
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Music

12 Years a Slave
The Book Thief
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Saving Mr Banks

Production design

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
Gravity
The Great Gatsby

Sound

All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

Visual effects

Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Short animation

Everything I Can See From Here
I Am Tom Moody
Sleeping with the Fishes

Short film

Island Queen
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Orbit Ever After
Room 8
Sea View

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson (writers, Good Vibrations)
Kieran Evans (writer-director, Kelly + Victor)
Scott Graham (writer-director, Shell)
Kelly Marcel (writer, Saving Mr Banks)
Paul Wright. Polly Stokes (writer-director and producer, For Those in Peril)

Rising Star award

Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong'o
Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux


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