The BAFTA longlist, announced overnight for the February awards, contains 63 nominations for The Lovely Bones, District 9, Avatar, Bright Star and An Education.
The Finola Dwyer-produced An Education leads the pack with 18 nominations, including 3 in the Supporting Actress category for Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike and Olivia Williams, up against The Lovely Bones’ Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon.
Jane Campion’s Bright Star picks up a nomination for Original Screenplay, in contradiction to the Oscars where it’s been categorised as Adapted. All 5 films are nominated in the Screenplay categories James Cameron’sAvatar also as an original, The Lovely Bones, District 9 and An Education as adapted works.
All 5 are also nominated in the Production Design and Editing Categories. Four of the films are nominated in 5 other categories, and of the 17 award categories Animated Feature is the only one in which at least 2 of the films aren’t nominated.
Avatar, District 9 and An Education are nominated for Best Film, with James Cameron, Neill Blomkamp, Lone Scherfig and Jane Campion on the list as potential Best Director.
Avatar picked up a total of 12 nominations; Bright Star, District 9 and The Lovely Bones 11 apiece.
Sometime visitor to our shores Andy Serkis is nominated as Leading Actor for his portrayal of Ian Dury in the biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
The Awards are presented on Sunday 21 February, UK time.
In the US, the Producers Guild has nominated Avatar’s James Cameron and Jon Landau; District 9’s Carolynne Cunningham and Peter Jackson; and An Education’s Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey for its Producer of the Year Award.