In the running: Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and star Sandra Bullock are both nominated for Baftas, as is the movie itself. - EPA
SPACE drama Gravity received 11 Bafta nominations on Wednesday, one more than the Oscar-tipped 12 Years A Slave.
Gravity star Sandra Bullock was nominated for best actress, while Alfonso Cuaron is in the running for best director in Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.
British filmmaker Steve McQueen was nominated for best director for his brutal slavery epic 12 Years A Slave, while its star Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for the lead actor gong.
Michael Fassbender and rising Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o received supporting nominations for their role in the film, which is hotly tipped for Oscar glory.
Ejiofor, who was raised in London, said: “I continue to be immensely proud of the recognition this film is getting around the world. There is, of course, something particularly special about receiving a Bafta nomination from home.”
American Hustle, the drama about two con artists embroiled with the FBI in the 1970s, equalled the 10 Bafta nominations for 12 Years A Slave.
Its star Christian Bale will go up against Ejiofor, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Bruce Dern for Nebraska and Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf Of Wall Street for the best leading man award.
Bookmakers immediately made Ejiofor favourite to win his category with odds of 1-4, while 12 Years A Slave is their favourite for best film.
In the best actress category, Bullock will challenge American Hustle star Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks and Judi Dench for Philomena.
Captain Phillips and Philomena – based on a true story about the Catholic Church in Ireland selling babies to wealthy Americans in the 1950s – complete the five-strong list of contenders for best film.
The awards ceremony takes place at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 16. – AFP Relaxnews