‘The Constant Gardner’ Leads BAFTAS Nominations

The Constant Gardener is leading the pack ahead of next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards after picking up 10 nominations.

Rachel Weisz, who won the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Golden Globe on Monday, is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel, while Ralph Fiennes is up for Actor in a Leading Role and filmmaker Fernando Meirelles is put forward for the David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction.

Hot on the heels of The Constant Gardener are gay cowboy heartbreaker Brokeback Mountain and politically charged Crash, which have both received nine nominations for the Feb. 19 awards ceremony.

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee is nominated for the David Lean Award, and his stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams have all received recognition for their performances.

Hit British movie Pride and Prejudice has been named in six BAFTA categories including British Film of the Year and Actress in a Supporting Role for Brenda Blethyn‘s scene-stealing performance.

George Clooney is up for two awards—Actor in a Supporting Role for Syriana and Achievement in Direction for his handling of Good Night, And Good Luck—which has scooped six nominations.

Oscars favorites and Walk the Line co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon have both been nominated for their acclaimed acting in the Johnny Cash biopic, while Chinese beauty Ziyi Zhang is up for the Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA for her star turn in the big screen version of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

The partial list of nominees is as follows:

Best Film:

Brokeback Mountain

Capote 

The Constant Gardener

Crash

Good Night, And Good Luck

The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year:

A Cock and Bull Story

The Constant Gardener

Festival

Pride and Prejudice

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film:

David Belton (Producer)–Shooting Dogs

Peter Fudakowski (Producer)–Tsotsi

Annie Griffin (Director/Writer)—Festival

Richard Hawkins (Director)–Everything

Joe Wright (Director)–Pride and Prejudice

The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction:

Brokeback MountainAng Lee

CapoteBennett Miller

The Constant GardenerFernando Meirelles

CrashPaul Haggis

Good Night, And Good LuckGeorge Clooney

Best Original Screenplay:

Cinderella ManCliff Hollingsworth/Akiva Goldsman

CrashPaul Haggis/Bobby Moresco

Good Night, And Good LuckGeorge Clooney/Grant Heslov

Hotel RwandaKeir Pearson/Terry George

Mrs. Henderson PresentsMartin Sherman

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Brokeback MountainLarry Mcmurtry/Diana Ossana

CapoteDan Futterman

The Constant GardenerJeffrey Caine

A History of ViolenceJosh Olson

Pride and PrejudiceDeborah Moggach

Best Film Not in the English Language:

De Battre Mon Coeur S’est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)

Le Grand Voyage

Kung Fu Hustle

Joyeux Noël

Tsotsi

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

David StrathairnGood Night, And Good Luck

Heath LedgerBrokeback Mountain

Joaquin PhoenixWalk the Line

Philip Seymour HoffmanCapote

Ralph FiennesThe Constant Gardener

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Charlize TheronNorth Country

Judi DenchMrs. Henderson Presents

Rachel WeiszThe Constant Gardener

Reese WitherspoonWalk the Line

Ziyi ZhangMemoirs of a Geisha

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Don CheadleCrash

George ClooneyGood Night, And Good Luck

George ClooneySyriana

Jake GyllenhaalBrokeback Mountain

Matt DillonCrash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Brenda BlethynPride and Prejudice

Catherine KeenerCapote

Frances McdormandNorth Country

Michelle WilliamsBrokeback Mountain

Thandie NewtonCrash

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