Wes Anderson’s multi-generational caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the nominations Friday for the British Academy Film Awards with 11, including best film, director and original screenplay for Anderson and best actor for Ralph Fiennes.
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s black comedy “Birdman” and James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything” earned 10 nominations each from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, while Morten Tyldum’s World War II drama “The Imitation Game” followed with nine nods.
Vying with those four pictures for best film is Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age tale “Boyhood,” which scored five nominations overall.
Notably absent from the list of nominees were Ava DuVernay’s civil-rights drama “Selma,” which has steadily gained momentum this awards season, and Angelina Jolie’s Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken,” which has largely been left out in the cold.
Joining Fiennes in the lead actor competition are Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”).
Among the actors who failed to make the cut are David Oyelowo (“Selma”), Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”) and Timothy Spall (“Mr. Turner”).
Nominated for lead actress are Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”), Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) and Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”). Not making the list was Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”).
Supporting actor nominations went to Edward Norton (“Birdman”), Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), and Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”). Nominated for supporting actress were Emma Stone (“Birdman”), Imelda Staunton (“Pride”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) and Rene Russo (“Nighcrawler”).
Joining Anderson in the directing category are Inarritu, Linklater, Marsh and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”).
Nominees for the award for film not in the English language are “Ida,” “Leviathan,” “The Lunchbox,” “Trash” and “Two Days, One Night.”
Animation nods went to “Big Hero 6,” “The Boxtrolls” and “The Lego Movie.”
The awards are scheduled to be bestowed Feb. 8 at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry. A full list of nominees is available on the BAFTA website.
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