Nominees of the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards a.k.a. BAFTA Awards have been announced on Thursday, January 15. Through the announcement, it has been revealed that "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" have dominated the awards as they each collected eleven counts, including nomination for Best Film.
Beside Best Film, "Slumdog" was also up for Outstanding British Film, Best Director, Leading Actor for Dev Patel and Supporting Actress for Freida Pinto amongst other categories. Meanwhile, the nominations for "Benjamin Button" included Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Brad Pitt.
Trailing close behind those two dominating movies with nine nods was "The Dark Knight", which mostly nabbed the nominations from the technical categories, except the Best Supporting Actor gong for Heath Ledger and Best Music count for Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. In addition to "Dark Knight", "Changeling" was also given multiple nominations, collecting eight overall.
Winners of the 2009 BAFTA Awards will be honored at a gala ceremony on Sunday, February 8 at the Royal Opera House in London. On the occasion, the 2009 Orange Rising Star Award, which nomination has come out earlier, will also be named. Complete nominees list can be attained at BAFTA.
Partial nominees list of 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards/BAFTA Awards: