Following the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday night, the Brits wasted no time in announcing their nominees for the the British Academy Film Awards, also known as the BAFTAs. Leading the pack of nominated films are the historical biopic “The King’s Speech” and Darren Aronofsky’s ballerina thriller, “Black Swan.”
“The King’s Speech” tops the list with 14 nods, including one for its lead actor, Colin Firth, who picked up a Golden Globe for the role of King George VI. The movie is also up against “Inception,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “Black Swan,” which is the second-most nominated film at the BAFTAs. “The Social Network” took home Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes.
Firth is joined by James Franco (“127 Hours”), Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”), Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”) and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) in the Leading Actor category.
Portman is up for her work in “Black Swan” in the Leading Actress category, in which she faces off against Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”), Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right”), Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”).
Nominated for Best Director are Danny Boyle (“127 Hours”), Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) and David Fincher (“The Social Network”).
Every year, BAFTA hands out their Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award to an up-and-comer voted on by the public. This year’s nominees are Gemma Arterton, Andrew Garfield, Tom Hardy, Aaron Johnson and Emma Stone. At last year’s show, Kristen Stewart took home the coveted award.
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