The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have announced their nominees in the 2013 awards. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave were expectedly were well represented, but it was American Hustle’s 10 nominations (including Amy Adams and Christian Bale in the lead acting categories, and four acting nominations in total) that most surprised. If there is a leader in the race, it is no longer clear. Captain Phillips looks also set to be well represented at the Academy Awards with nods here for Greengrass, Hanks, Abdi, screenwriter Billy Ray, and four technical awards. Martin Scorsese followed up a nomination at the DGA with more recognition here. The five directors honoured could be the five selected by the Academy.

Amongst the surprises were Philomena, nominated for ‘Best Film’, the complete absence of Spike Jonze’s Her (not even for Original Screenplay) and Dallas Buyers Club (with the favoured performances of McConaughey and Leto unrewarded) and Before Midnight losing out on a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination to Behind the Candelabra. Damon was also honoured for the film, which seems to be a BAFTA favourite.

It was great to see The Selfish Giant earned a nomination for Outstanding British Film and see Paul Wright’s name amongst the nominees for Outstanding Debut. For Those in Peril is a gem.

Here is the full list of nominees:

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Best Film 12 YEARS A SLAVE Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen AMERICAN HUSTLE Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman PHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

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Outstanding British Film GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson PHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope RUSH Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter Morgan SAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith THE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan

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Outstanding Début by a British Writer, Director or Producer COLIN CARBERRY (Writer),

GLENN PATTERSON (Writer) Good Vibrations

KELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks KIERAN EVANS (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor PAUL WRIGHT (Director/Writer),

POLLY STOKES (Producer) For Those in Peril SCOTT GRAHAM (Director/Writer) Shell

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Film Not In the English Language THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval THE GREAT BEAUTY Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima METRO MANILA Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier WADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

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Documentary THE ACT OF KILLING Joshua Oppenheimer THE ARMSTRONG LIE Alex Gibney BLACKFISH Gabriela Cowperthwaite TIM’S VERMEER Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS Alex Gibney

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Animated Film

DESPICABLE ME 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin FROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Dan Scanlon

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Director 12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueen AMERICAN HUSTLE David O. Russell CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Paul Greengrass GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Martin Scorsese

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Original Screenplay AMERICAN HUSTLE Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell BLUE JASMINE Woody Allen GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Joel Coen, Ethan Coen NEBRASKA Bob Nelson

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Adapted Screenplay 12 YEARS A SLAVE John Ridley BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Richard LaGravenese CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Billy Ray PHILOMENA Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Terence Winter

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Leading Actor BRUCE DERN Nebraska CHIWETEL EJIOFOR 12 Years a Slave CHRISTIAN BALE American Hustle LEONARDO DICAPRIO The Wolf of Wall Street TOM HANKS Captain Phillips

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Leading Actress AMY ADAMS American Hustle CATE BLANCHETT Blue Jasmine EMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. Banks JUDI DENCH Philomena SANDRA BULLOCK Gravity

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Supporting Actor BARKHAD ABDI Captain Phillips BRADLEY COOPER American Hustle DANIEL BRÜHL Rush MATT DAMON Behind the Candelabra MICHAEL FASSBENDER 12 Years a Slave

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Supporting Actress JENNIFER LAWRENCE American Hustle JULIA ROBERTS August: Osage County LUPITA NYONG’O 12 Years a Slave OPRAH WINFREY The Butler SALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine

Original Music 12 YEARS A SLAVE Hans Zimmer THE BOOK THIEF John Williams CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Henry Jackman GRAVITY Steven Price SAVING MR. BANKS Thomas Newman

Cinematography 12 YEARS A SLAVE Sean Bobbitt CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Barry Ackroyd GRAVITY Emmanuel Lubezki INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Bruno Delbonnel NEBRASKA Phedon Papamichael

Editing 12 YEARS A SLAVE Joe Walker CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Christopher Rouse GRAVITY Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger RUSH Dan Hanley, Mike Hill THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker

Production Design

12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker AMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Howard Cummings GRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

Costume Design AMERICAN HUSTLE Michael Wilkinson BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’Connor SAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi

Make Up and Hair AMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin THE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal THE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Sound ALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney GRAVITY Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff RUSH Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

Special Visual Effects GRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds IRON MAN 3 Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick PACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

British Short Animation EVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor I AM TOM MOODY Ainslie Henderson SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa

British Short Film ISLAND QUEEN Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim ORBIT EVER AFTER Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles ROOM 8 James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner SEA VIEW Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot

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