BAFTA big on 'Atonement'
Pic tops contenders with 14 nomsJoe Wright's "Atonement" leads the field of nominations announced Wednesday for this year's British Academy Film Awards, securing 14, ahead of the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," both of which received nine noms.
Although it has taken a back seat to "No Country" and Blood" in the various guild nominations, "Atonement" received a boost when it picked up the Golden Globe for best drama.
The trio are in the race for the best film award along with Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" and last year's foreign-language Oscar winner, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others." Both "Gangster" and "Others" scored five nominations across the board.
Wright, Joel and Ethan Coen, Anderson and Henckel von Donnersmarck will battle it out with Paul Greengrass for the best director nod, with Greengrass nominated for "The Bourne Ultimatum."
The best British film award, one of 23 dished out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will be decided among "Atonement," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "Control," "Eastern Promises" and "This Is England."
George Clooney ("Michael Clayton"), Daniel Day-Lewis ("Blood"), James McAvoy ("Atonement"), Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises") and Ulrich Muehe ("The Lives of Others") secured nominations for best actor.
Cate Blanchett has two nominations, for leading actress in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and supporting actress in "I'm Not There."
Blanchett will have to triumph over Julie Christie ("Away From Her"), Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), Keira Knightley ("Atonement") and Ellen Page ("Juno") to secure the best actress nod.
In the supporting actress race, she will face off against Kelly Macdonald ("No Country"), Samantha Morton ("Control"), Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton").
Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones (both for "No Country"), Paul Dano ("Blood"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Charlie Wilson's War") and Tom Wilkinson ("Michael Clayton") are slugging it out for supporting actor.
The prize for best animated film will be drawn from "Ratatouille," "Shrek the Third" and "The Simpsons Movie."
Nominations for the Carl Foreman Award for special achievement by a British director, writer or producer in their first feature include Chris Atkins for writing and directing the documentary "Taking Liberties," Mia Bays for her producer role on the documentary "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man," Sarah Gavron for helming "Brick Lane," Matt Greenhalgh for penning "Control" and Andrew Piddington for writing and directing "The Killing of John Lennon."
The original screenplay prize is a contest among Steven Zaillian ("American Gangster"), Diablo Cody ("Juno"), Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others"), Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") and Shane Meadows ("This Is England").
Nominations for adapted screenplay are Christopher Hampton ("Atonement"), Ronald Harwood ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), David Benioff ("The Kite Runner"), Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country") and Anderson ("Blood").
The winners will be announced Feb. 10 at London's Royal Opera House.
A complete list of BAFTA nominees can be found at THR.com.