BAFTA Nominations: ‘The King’s Speech’ Leads with 14

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. Photo: The Weinstein Company.

The final nominees for the British Academy Film Awards, the UK equivalent to the Oscars, have been announced, nearly two weeks after the organization released their longlist. The King’s Speech leads this year’s pack with a phenomenal 14 nominations, including expected mentions for Best Film, Best British Film, Colin Firth (Actor), Geoffrey Rush (Supporting Actor), Helena Bonham Carter (Supporting Actress), Tom Hooper (Director), and David Seidler (Original Screenplay).

This isn’t shocking: The King’s Speech, which details King George VI‘s struggle to overcome a stutter to inspire his country during World War II, is the biggest British film success story since Slumdog Millionaire. Of course, BAFTA is going to shout about it from the rooftops. The film should do considerably better here than it did at this past weekend’s Golden Globes, where it took home only one award (Firth for Best Actor). The Social Network, the big Globes victor, only has six BAFTA nominations.

Black Swan, which was tied with The King’s Speech for nominations in the longlist, falls to second in the shortlist with a still respectable 12 nominations. Natalie Portman, who won the Golden Globe for Best Actress, Drama on Sunday, is up for Best Actress here as well, and the ballet thriller also has nods in the Best Film, Director (Darren Aronofsky), and most surprisingly, Supporting Actress (Barbara Hershey) categories.

The beloved Pete Postlethwaite, who died two weeks ago, received a posthumous Supporting Actor nomination for The Town. Lesley Manville, who has been promoted everywhere as the lead in Mike Leigh‘s Another Year, is honored as a Supporting Actress with BAFTA.

Here’s the full list of nominations — more updates and analysis to come. You can watch the BAFTAs right here on BBC America on February 13.

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, Céan 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, Andrés 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 González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Søren Stærmose, 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 José 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 – Thérèse 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, Paul Welch

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

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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