Foreign-language BAFTA nominations revealed

Orange British Academy Film Awards to be held Feb. 8

LONDON -- The winner of this year's foreign-language Orange British Academy Film Award will come from either "The Baader Meinhof Complex," "Gomorrah," "I've Loved You So Long," "Persepolis" or "Waltz With Bashir."

Organizers said the nominations have been unveiled ahead of the other categories to allow voting members at the British Academy of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) "a longer period to view the five films in contention."

BAFTA also said it would “give a greater profile to this year’s foreign-language films."

Chapter voting was introduced for this nomination category back in 2007 for the 2008 awards. The main BAFTA membership will vote for the winner.

BAFTA film committee chair Finola Dwyer said: “This voting chapter has doubled in size since last year, reflecting the huge enthusiasm for world cinema amongst the BAFTA members.”

Nominations for this year’s Orange Rising Star Award will be announced Jan. 8 and all other nominations for this year's Orange British Academy Film Award will be announced Jan. 15.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony Feb. 8 at the Royal Opera House in London.