The King’s Speech Leads BAFTA Nominations

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January 18, 2011 | 4:25am EST

Critically-acclaimed The King’s Speech is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.
The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, as Best Actress, and it will face The King’s Speech in the Best Film and Best Director categories.

The other movies competing for Best Film are Inception, The Social Network and True Grit, while Hooper and Aronofsky will fight it out for Best Director with Danny Boyle (127 Hours), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and David Fincher (The Social Network).

Firth, who scooped the Golden Globe for Best Actor on Sunday, is facing competition for the top acting prize from Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James Franco (127 Hours).

Portman will compete against The Kids Are All Right co-stars Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) for Best Actress, the award she won at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Late British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who passed away earlier this month, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Town; going up against Christian Bale (The Fighter), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right) and Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) at the BAFTAs ceremony in London on 13 February.

The main BAFTA 2011 nominees are:

Best Film:

Black Swan


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

True Grit

Leading Actor:

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

James Franco (127 Hours)

Leading Actress:

Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)

Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)

Pete Postlethwaite (The Town)

Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)

Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams (The Fighter)

Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)

Barbara Hershey (Black Swan)

Lesley Manville (Another Year)

Miranda Richardson (Made In Dagenham)

Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award:

Gemma Arterton

Andrew Garfield

Tom Hardy

Aaron Johnson

Emma Stone

Outstanding British Film:

127 Hours

Another Year

Four Lions

The King’s Speech

Made In Dagenham


Danny Boyle (127 Hours)

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

Christopher Nolan (Inception)

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

David Fincher (The Social Network)

Original Screenplay:

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

Adapted Screenplay:

127 Hours

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Special Visual Effects:

Alice In Wonderland

Black Swan

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1


Toy Story 3

Animated Film:

Despicable Me

How To Train Your Dragon

Toy Story 3.