‘The King’s Speech’ leads with 14 BAFTA nominations

Home-grown favorite “The King’s Speech” leads with 14 BAFTA nominations while “Black Swan” is close behind with an even dozen bids. Both are among the five films up for Best Picture as are “Inception” (9 noms), “True Grit” (8) and “The Social Network” (6). “127 Hours” earned eight nominations but was snubbed in the top race.

BAFTA has a two-part nominating process, with these nominees culled from long lists determined by votes from the respective chapters, which are akin to the academy’s branches, and the membership as a whole. “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan” led with 15 longlist mentions, with “Inception” at 14, “The Social Network” at 13 and “True Grit” at 12.

The chapter choices indicated on the BAFTA long lists proved to be a good barometer of the eventual nominees. “The King’s Speech” had 12 of its 15 longlist mentions rated in the top five of the respective chapters, including the now nominated three performances (Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Bonham Carter) and direction (Tom Hooper). “Black Swan” had 10 of its 15 long list candidates make the top five, including two performers who were nominated — Barbara Hershey and Natalie Portman — and director Darren Aronofsky.

For “Inception,” eight of its 14 mentions were among the top five including both original screenplay and directing for Christopher Nolan which both earned him nominations. However, the lead performance by Leonardo DiCaprio failed to translate into a bid.

“The Social Network” had just six of its 13 mentions rank among the top five, but they were all nominated including directing (David Fincher) and both lead (Jesse Eisenberg) and supporting (Andrew Garfield) actors.

While “True Grit” had only six top-rated longlist mentions (out of 12), it managed to get eight nominations including lead bids for both Jeff Bridges and Haillee Steinfeld; BAFTA voters ignored the stateside campaign for her in supporting as they did two years with Kate Winslet (“The Reader”).  However, snubbed helmers Joel and Ethan Coen made the cut only for adapted screenplay. Rather, the directors race is filled out by Danny Boyle for “127 Hours” with his leading man James Franco also earning a nod.

“Alice in Wonderland” turned five of its 12 long list mentions into nominations — costumes, hair and makeup, production design, score and visual effects.

Just three of the dozen bids by “The Fighter” rated in the top five and they were the only ones to be nominated — supporting performers Amy Adams and Christian Bale as well as the original screenplay.

While the 12 mentions for “Shutter Island” were shut out of the top five but for cinematography and production design, not even they merited a nomination. However, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Town,” which were blanked in the top five despite 11 long list mentions each did manage to be nominated. Noomi Rapace contends in lead for playing that tattooed girl and the adaptation of the bestseller also earned a nod while the late Pete Postlethwaite was recognized for “The Town.”

“The Kids Are All Right” saw all four of its top-rated longlist mentions (out of 7 total) become nominees — lead actresses Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, supporting actor Mark Ruffalo and original screenplay.

The winners — except for picture, performance and foreign language film — are chosen by the chapters and will be announced in London on Feb. 13. For the full list of nominations, visit the BAFTA website.

“Black Swan”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Danny Boyle, “127 Hours”
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”)
Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”)
Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”)
Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)
James Franco (“127 Hours”)

Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Julianne Moore (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”)
Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)
Haillee Steinfeld (“True Grit”)

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”)

Amy Adams (“The Fighter”)
Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”)
Barbara Hershey (“Black Swan”)
Lesley Manville (“Another Year”)
Miranda RIchardson (“Made in Dagenham”)

“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3″
“True Grit”

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