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"King's Speech" Leads BAFTA Award Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 18, 2011 at 7:41AM

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" led the nominations for Orange British Academy Film Awards, it was announced this morning in London. The homegrown film was expected to do quite nicely with the awards, and more than lived up to that promise, taking an overwhelming 14 mentions including best film, best director, best British film, and acting nods for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. It will compete against "Black Swan," "Inception," "True Grit," and recent Golden Globe winner/likely Oscar frontrunner "The Social Network" in the best film category, where it has its best chance to beat "Network" for a major award. Though the BAFTAs gave David Fincher's film six nominations, "Black Swan" (12 noms), "Inception" (9), "True Grit" (8) and "127 Hours" (7) all received more (notably, "Network" was snubbed for cinematography and score).
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Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" led the nominations for Orange British Academy Film Awards, it was announced this morning in London. The homegrown film was expected to do quite nicely with the awards, and more than lived up to that promise, taking an overwhelming 14 mentions including best film, best director, best British film, and acting nods for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. It will compete against "Black Swan," "Inception," "True Grit," and recent Golden Globe winner/likely Oscar frontrunner "The Social Network" in the best film category, where it has its best chance to beat "Network" for a major award. Though the BAFTAs gave David Fincher's film six nominations, "Black Swan" (12 noms), "Inception" (9), "True Grit" (8) and "127 Hours" (7) all received more (notably, "Network" was snubbed for cinematography and score).

Overall, the nominations offered many significant surprises. Major acting omissions included "Winter's Bone"'s Jennifer Lawrence, "I Am Love"'s Tilda Swinton, "Rabbit Hole"'s Nicole Kidman and "Blue Valentine"'s Michelle Williams in the lead actress category, Golden Globe winner and "Fighter" actress Melissa Leo (perhaps the most notable of all the snubs) and "Black Swan''s Mila Kunis in the supporting actress category, "Valentine"'s Ryan Gosling and "Get Low"'s Robert Duvall in the lead actor category, and "The Town"'s Jeremy Renner in the supporting actor category.

The majority of them still all seem like reasonable bets for Oscar nominations, though in their place here came the likes of Kunis' co-star Barbara Hershey, Renner's late co-star Pete Postlethwaite, "Made in Dagenham"'s Miranda Richardson, "Biutiful"'s Javier Bardem, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"'s Noomi Rapace, and "The Kids Are All Right"'s Julianne Moore, who was nominated alongside her co-star Annette Bening in the lead actress category. Though keep in mind that last year only 12 of the 20 Oscar acting nominees lined up with BAFTA.

The BAFTAs also did things their own way in nominating both "True Grit"'s Hailee Steinfeld and "Another Year"'s Lesley Manville in the opposite categories they are campaigning for. Steinfeld made the cut in the best actress category, while Manville was nominated for best supporting actress. And while support for "True Grit" spread well past Steinfeld, it was surprising (or maybe not, given their history) how little love the BAFTAs gave to their native Mike Leigh and "Another Year." The film did receive a best British film nod (alongside "The King's Speech," "Four Lions," "Made in Dagenham" and "127 Hours"), but was snubbed in the best original screenplay category (where it seems to have its best shot at an Oscar nomination).

The awards also entirely snubbed the likes of "The Ghost Writer," "The Illusionist" (which seemed like a shoo-in for best animated feature), "Never Let Me Go," "Winter's Bone," "Blue Valentine" and "Rabbit Hole."

Complete list of nominations below.

Best Film
Black Swan - Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
Inception - Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
The King's Speech - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
The Social Network - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Cean Chaffin
True Grit - Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen


Outstanding British Film
127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
Another Year - Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
Four Lions - Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
The King's Speech - Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Made In Dagenham - Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley


Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
The Arbor - Director, Producer - Clio Barnard, Tracy O'riordan
Exit Through The Gift Shop - _director, Producer - Banksy, Jaimie D'cruz
Four Lions - Director/Writer - Chris Morris
Monsters - Director/Writer - Gareth Edwards
Skeletons - Director/Writer - Nick Whitfield


Director
127 Hours - Danny Boyle
Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The King's Speech - Tom Hooper
The Social Network - David Fincher


Original Screenplay
Black Swan - Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John Mclaughlin
The Fighter - Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech - David Seidler


Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt
True Grit - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen


Film Not In The English Language
Biutiful - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Soren Staermose, Niels Arden Oplev
I Am Love - Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D'eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
Of Gods And Men - Xavier Beauvois
The Secret In Their Eyes - Mariela Besuievsky, Juan Jose Campanella


Animated Film
Despicable Me - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
How To Train Your Dragon - Chris Sanders, Dean Deblois
Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich


Leading Actor
Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours


Leading Actress
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore - The Kids Are All Right
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit


Supporting Actor
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Pete Postlethwaite - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech


Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Barbara Hershey - Black Swan
Lesley Manville - Another Year
Miranda Richardson - Made In Dagenham


Original Music
127 Hours - Ar Rahman
Alice In Wonderland - Danny Elfman
How To Train Your Dragon - John Powell
Inception - Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat


Cinematography
127 Hours - Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
Black Swan - Matthew Libatique
Inception - Wally Pfister
The King's Speech - Danny Cohen
True Grit - Roger Deakins


Editing
127 Hours - Jon Harris
Black Swan - Andrew Weisblum
Inception - Lee Smith
The King's Speech - Tariq Anwar
The Social Network - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter


Production Design
Alice In Wonderland - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'hara
Black Swan - Therese Deprez, Tora Peterson
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King's Speech - Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit - Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh


Costume Design
Alice In Wonderland - Colleen Atwood
Black Swan - Amy Westcott
The King's Speech - Jenny Beavan
Made In Dagenham - Louise Stjernsward
True Grit - Mary Zophres


Sound
127 Hours - Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
Black Swan - Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
Inception - Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
The King's Speech - John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
True Grit - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell


Special Visual Effects
Alice In Wonderland - Nominees Tbc
Black Swan - Dan Schrecker
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Ait'hadi, Christian Manz
Inception - Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Toy Story 3 - Nominees Tbc


Make Up & Hair
Alice In Wonderland - Nominees Tbc
Black Swan - Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
The King's Speech - Frances Hannon
Made In Dagenham - Lizzie Yianni Georgiou


Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag - Michael Please
Matter Fisher - David Prosser
Thursday - Matthias Hoegg


Short Film
Connect - Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
Lin - Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
Rite - Michael Pearce, Ross Mckenzie
Turning - Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
Until The River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis


Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Gemma Arterton
Andrew Garfield
Tom Hardy
Aaron Johnson
Emma Stone

Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.