Following the announcement of its Orange Rising Star Award Finalist, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has finally revealed yesterday, January 12 at 195 Piccadilly the full list of nominees for this year's BAFTA Awards, represented by the Academy Chairman Hilary Bevan Jones and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Hugely acclaimed royal drama "The Queen" came out to be the one that landed most nominations as it gloriously swept ten nods altogether, notably that in Best Film alongside "Babel", "The Departed", "The Last King of Scotland", and "Little Miss Sunshine."
Other major nominations it scored were, among others, in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Helen Mirren, that by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Michael Sheen, and David Lean Award for Direction for Stephen Frears.
Mirren, who has already collected fourteen awards for her performance in the movie, were listed with Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet in the slot while Sheen will face against Alan Arkin, James McAvoy, Jack Nicholson, and Leslie Phillips in the run for the coveted prize.
Scoring one notch below "Queen" was surprisingly James Bond's latest adventure "Casino Royale" with nine nominations, including that in Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Daniel Craig who faced strong contenders like Forest Whitaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Peter O'Toole in striving to win the category.
Other well-known titles scoring big for the event were Mexican fable "Pan's Labyrinth" and gripping 9/11 drama "United 93", which earned eight and six nods respectively. Winners will be crowned on February 11, 2007 during the award ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London. For complete list of nominees, do take a look on Academy's official site at http://www.bafta.org/site/page287.html.