BAFA noms favor 'Button,' 'Slumdog'


Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" led all comers with 11 nominations apiece as the contenders for the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards were revealed Thursday.

Golden Globe best drama winner "Slumdog" kept its awards momentum going, securing noms in every major category, including best film, director, lead actor (Dev Patel) and supporting actress (Freida Pinto). "Slumdog" also was picked to compete in the best British film category.

"Button's" noms include best film and director, while leading man Brad Pitt is a double nominee, picking up a lead actor nomination for the title role and a supporting actor nom for the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading."

"Slumdog" and "Button" will compete for best film with "Frost/Nixon," "Milk" and "The Reader," while Boyle and Fincher will battle it out with Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Stephen Daldry ("The Reader") and Clint Eastwood ("Changeling") in the director category.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards will be presented Feb. 8 at the Royal Opera House in London. (partialdiff)
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