AceShowbiz - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced the nominees for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Friday morning, January 9 in London. Two British biopics, "The Theory of Everything" and "The Imitation Game", are among big nominees with ten and nine nods respectively.
"Theory of Everything", which centers on Stephen Hawking's love story, and "Imitation Game" which focuses on British codebreaker and gay icon Alan Turing, are up for the Best Film category alongside "Birdman", "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel". Both biopics are also facing off each other in Outstanding British Film category. " '71", "Paddington", "Pride" and "Under the Skin" are also vying for the trophy.
"Theory of Everything" is additionally included in Best Director category. The movie's helmer James Mash is up against Alejandro G. Inarritu ("Birdman"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Wes Anderson ("Grand Budapest Hotel") and Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash").
%cEddie Redmayne% who plays the famed astrophysicist received a nomination in Leading Actor. He is facing off other heavy contenders including %cBenedict Cumberbatch%, %cJake Gyllenhaal%, %cMichael Keaton% and %cRalph Fiennes%.
Leading Actress category sees stars such as %cAmy Adams% ("Big Eyes"), %cFelicity Jones% ("The Theory of Everything"), %cJulianne Moore% ("Still Alice"), %cReese Witherspoon% ("Wild") and %cRosamund Pike% who shows impressive performance in "Gone Girl" opposite %cBen Affleck%.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 8 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and will be hosted by %cStephen Fry%. Full list of the nominees is available on BAFTA's official site.