British stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne are going head to head for best actor at this year’s Film Bafta awards.
The pair are nominated for their roles as pioneering scientists Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, respectively.
Their nominations are no real surprise; both the stars have already drawn huge praise from critics, along with numerous other nominations. Stephen Fry, who announced this year’s shortlist alongside Sam Claflin, even uttered a “No!” of feigned surprise when Cumberbatch’s name was read out.
The duo are up against Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler and Michael Keaton for Birdman.
Redmayne’s co-star Felicity Jones is nominated for best actress for her role as Hawking’s wife in The Theory of Everything, while Keira Knightley, who stars opposite Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, is vying for the best supporting actress gong.
Fellow Brits Rosamund Pike and Imelda Staunton were also nominated, for best actress in Gone Girl and best supporting actress in Pride.
Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game are both up for best film, outstanding British film and adapted screenplay, while The Theory of Everything director James Marsh also picks up a directing nomination.
Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel has taken home the most nominations, with an impressive 11 nods.
The shortlists for this year’s awards were revealed by Stephen Fry and Sam Claflin this morning.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 8th February
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