2014 BAFTA Nominees

BAFTA Awards

We’re squarely into awards season now. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominees for their yearly statue giving ceremony.

Here’s the list. A few thoughts at the bottom.

Best Film

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Philomena

Outstanding British film

  • Gravity
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Philomena
  • Rush
  • Saving Mr Banks
  • The Selfish Giant

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska

Best Documentary

  • The Act of Killing
  • The Armstrong Lie
  • Blackfish
  • Tim’s Vermeer
  • We Steal Secrets

Best Animated Film

  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen
  • Monsters University

Rising Stars

  • Dane DeHaan
  • George MacKay
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Will Poulter
  • Lea Seydoux

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer

  • Colin Carberry (Writer of Good Vibrations)
  • Kelly Marcel (Writer of Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Kieren Evans (Director/Writer of Kelly + Victor)
  • Paul Wright (Director/Writer of For Those in Peril)
  • Scott Graham (Director/Writer of Shell)

Film Not In English Language

  • The Act of Killing
  • Blue Is The Warmest Colour
  • The Great Beauty
  • Metro Manila
  • Wadjda

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


  • 12 Years a Slave – Sean Bobbitt
  • Captain Phillips – Barry Ackroyd
  • Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael


  • 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 Dunns

It’s hard to argue with most of this, however this list looks somewhat like what I worried the major awards nominees lists would: American Hustle is up for best film and The Wolf of Wall Street is not. The former is a good movie but the latter is a great one. Scorcese is up for best director as well as DiCaprio for best actor though, so that’s something at least.

Seriously though, it’s gonna be Steve McQueen for best director. 12 Years a Slave is fantastic and he’s British.