Movies In Focus Celebrates The 2014 BAFTA Nominations

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The 2014 Bafta nominations have been announced and the big news is that Gravity, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave are the films that have scored the most nods. You kind of saw that coming though, didn’t you?

However, there is much to admire in this year. The nominations offer a range that the Oscars often fail to show. It’s wonderful that All Is Lost and Behind the Candelabra are in contention (even if for minor awards) – the former will likely get ignored by the US Academy altogether, while the latter was first shown on HBO in the states (a crime). It’s a pleasure to see Michael Fassbender getting recognised for 12 Years A Slave (surely he’s a dead-cert) and Ron Howard’s Rush has received a fair smattering of nominations too.

However, I’m delighted that writers Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson have been nominated in the Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer category for Good Vibrations. The film, set in 1970s Belfast follows Terri Hooley and his passion for music in Troubles-era Northern Ireland. Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s film hits all the right musical notes from the era, while also having a lot of heart. Co-writer Glenn Patterson is a great novelist (check out his work, seriously) and he’s also my former creative writing lecturer from my university days in Belfast. I’m incredibly chuffed that Patterson has been recognised (along with Colin Carberry) for writing such an interesting and entertaining script. Congratulations.

Check out a full list of the Bafta nominations below:

Best film
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena

Outstanding British film
Gravity
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Philomena
Rush
Saving Mr Banks
The Selfish Giant

Actor
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Supporting actor
Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Supporting actress
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O Russell (American Hustle)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Adapted screenplay
12 Years a Slave
Behind the Candelabra
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Original screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Animated film
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University

Documentary
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

Foreign film
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Metro Manila
Wadjda

Cinematography
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Costume design
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr Banks

Editing
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Rush
The Wolf of Wall Street

Make-up and hair
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Butler
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Music
12 Years a Slave
The Book Thief
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Saving Mr Banks

Production design
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
Gravity
The Great Gatsby

Sound
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

Visual effects
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Short animation
Everything I Can See From Here
I Am Tom Moody
Sleeping with the Fishes

Short film
Island Queen
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Orbit Ever After
Room 8
Sea View

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson (writers, Good Vibrations)
Kieran Evans (writer-director, Kelly + Victor)
Scott Graham (writer-director, Shell)
Kelly Marcel (writer, Saving Mr Banks)
Paul Wright. Polly Stokes (writer-director and producer, For Those in Peril)

Rising Star award
Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux