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BAFTA nominations - Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything vie for best film kudo

A comedy movie, which follows a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after being framed for murder, is in the running for some of the most prestigious prizes at the event, including best film, cinematography and original screenplay.

However the film, helmed by Wes Anderson, who is also up for the best director accolade, faces stiff competition from other big features of last year for best film. Fellow big contender The Theory of Everything is in the running, joined by Birdman, Boyhood and The Imitation Game.

Another category The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything and Birdman all feature in, is leading actor. Ralph Fiennes' role as concierge Monsieur Gustave H. is up for the prize, along with Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of professor Stephen Hawking and Michael Keaton's former superhero alter ego Riggan Thomson. They're joined by Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler and Benedict Cumberbatch as code-cracker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

The leading actress category is full of impressive performances. Amy Adams' role in Big Eyes is up for the award, joined by Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore in Still Alice, Reese Witherspoon in Wild and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl.

And following in their footsteps is the best supporting actress group, which includes different films from the above nominations. Emma Stone in Birdman is against Rene Russo in Nightcrawler, Patricia Arquette for Boyhood, Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game and Imelda Staunton in Pride.

Foxcatcher has a good position in best supporting actor, with both Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo up for the prize. They're joined by Edward Norton in Birdman, Ethan Hawke for Boyhood and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.

And another exciting award to be won this year is The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public. Jack O'Connell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are up for the title this year.

The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin announced the nominations in London this morning. The ceremony, which will be hosted once again by Stephen Fry, will take place at London's Royal Opera House on February 8 2015.


BAFTA nominations list


Best film




The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything


Leading Actor


Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton - Birdman

Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel


Leading Actress


Amy Adams - Big Eyes

Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore - Still Alice

Reese Witherspoon - Wild

Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl


Supporting Actor


Edward Norton - Birdman

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

J.K. Simmons - Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher


Supporting Actress


Emma Stone - Birdman

Imelda Staunton - Pride

Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Rene Russo - Nightcrawler



Outstanding British Film



The Imitation Game



The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin


Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer


Elaine Constantine (writer/director) - Northern Soul

Gregory Burke (writer), Yann Demange (director) - '71

Hong Khaou (writer/director) - Lilting

Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew de Lotbiniere (producer) - Kajaki: The True Story

Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) - Pride


Film Not in the English Language




The Lunchbox


Two Days, One Night




20 Feet from Stardom

20,000 Days on Earth


Finding Vivian Maier



Animated Film


Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie




Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

James Marsh - The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash


Original Screenplay





The Grand Budapest Hotel



Adapted Screenplay


American Sniper

Gone Girl

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


EE Rising Star


Jack O'Connell

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Miles Teller

Margot Robbie

Shailene Woodley

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