BAFTA Nominations 2015: What You Need to Know

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Stephen Fry will be announcing this year's nominees

This year's contenders will be unveiled early Friday morning in the U.K. or late Thursday night in L.A.

BAFTA, otherwise known as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will unveil the nominations for its annual awards early on Friday U.K. time or late Thursday night L.A. time.

Considered the most prestigious film industry awards outside the U.S., the BAFTAs have in recent years aligned themselves closely with the Oscars, since moving to a February slot in 2001 after a decade languishing in relative Hollywood obscurity with a show date after the Academy Awards. Many of the 250 U.K.-based AMPAS members also are among BAFTAs’ 6,500 members.

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The nominations are due to be announced starting at around 7:37 a.m. London time on Friday or 11:37 p.m. Thursday in L.A. All the nominees should be known within minutes.

Stephen Fry, who is hosting the BAFTA awards ceremony on Feb. 8, will be reading out the names of nominees alongside Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin. The Hollywood Reporter website will have a livestream of the announcement.

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Analysts stateside will undoubtedly be keeping a keen eye on the results. For the past five years, the BAFTAs have successfully predicted the best picture winner at the Oscars — that’s three more times than the Golden Globes. However, the BAFTAs’ forecasting power hasn’t been quite so strong in other categories. Last year, for instance, Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto didn’t even get BAFTA nominations.

The BAFTA awards categories, which barring a couple of entries largely mirror those of the Academy, include:

Best film

Best leading actor

Best leading actress

Best supporting actor

Best supporting actress

Best director

Best editing

Best adapted screenplay

Best original screenplay

Best documentary

Best film not in the English language

Best animated film

Best makeup and hair

Best costume design

Best music

Best sound

Best cinematography

Best production design

Best special visual effects

Best short film

Best short animation

Outstanding British film

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Academy Fellowship award

Rising star award (voted for by the public)