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Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game' (Pics: Working Title/Studio Canal)
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game' (Pics: Working Title/Studio Canal)
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’ and Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’ (Pics: Working Title/Studio Canal)

The nominations for the 2015 BAFTA Film Awards have just been announced, and as you would expect, a good proportion of the year’s best British movies have been recognized for the works of extreme marvelousness that they are.

The interesting thing is that two of the biggest beneficiaries in terms of nominations (if you don’t count the 11 nods for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel) are both movies that seek to tell the story of British scientific geniuses with complicated (not to say devastating) personal lives.

The Theory of Everything has 10 nominations, including best film, outstanding British film, leading actor for Eddie Redmayne, leading actress for Felicity Jones and director for James Marsh. The Imitation Game lags behind by only one nomination, having also secured best film, outstanding British film, leading actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actress for Keira Knightley.

So the ceremony on February 8 will be an official boffin-off. Who will win the battle of the brainboxes? Who’s got the best equations for the occasion? (etc)

Elsewhere, Rosamund Pike is on the leading actress list for her disturbing turn in Gone Girl, Ralph Fiennes is tipped for leading actor for Grand Budapest Hotel, and Imelda Staunton is up for supporting actress for her part in Pride (also up for outstanding British film).

Here’s the full list:

Best Film
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Leading Actress
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Keira Knightly (The Imitation Game)
Imelda Staunton (Pride)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)

Supporting Actor
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Northern Soul (Elaine Constantine)
’71 (Yann Demange, Gregory Burke)
Lilting (Hong Khaou)
Kajaki: The True Story (Paul Katis, Andrew de Lotbiniere)
Pride (Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone)

Film Not in the English Language
Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Documentary
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
CitizenFour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

Animated Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie

Original Screenplay
Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo)
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)
Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)
Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper (Jason Hall)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
The Imitation Game (Graham Moore)
Paddington (Paul King)
The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten)

Original Music
Birdman (Antonio Sanchez)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
The Theory of Everything (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Under the Skin (Mica Levi)

Cinematography
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ida
Interstellar
Mr Turner

Editing
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Production Design
Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Interstellar
Mr Turner

Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Make Up and Hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Sound
American Sniper
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Special Visual Effects
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

British Short Animation
The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

British Short Film
Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Karrman Line
Slap
Three Brothers

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 8th February.

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By Fraser McAlpine