‘The King’s Speech’ Sweeps BAFTA Noms

The King's Speech Colin FirthThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts has released its list of nominees for the annual BAFTA Awards, also known as the British Oscars or the only big awards show with a category just for British only. Surprise, surprise, the Brits have come out on top; the historical drama, The King’s Speech swept the noms with 14 in total. Close behind is Darren Aronofsky’s surprising thriller, Black Swan with 12 total nominations. The British Film category that comes in addition to the BAFTA’s “Best Film” category gives a second chance to 127 Hours, which doesn’t make the top five in the overall category but has the chance to take the top Brits-only honor. Also of note, 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld, who’s blowing audiences away in December’s True Grit, merits the grownup honor of a nomination for best lead actress for her role in the film (mini fist pump!).

While the awards will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One, sorry America, it’s still worth knowing which films made the cut.

And the nominees are:

Best Film

• Black Swan – Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin

• Inception – Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan

• The King’s Speech – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

• The Social Network – Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin

• True Grit – Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Outstanding British Film

• 127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson

• Another Year – Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe

• Four Lions – Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger

• The King’s Speech – Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

• Made in Dagenham – Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

• The Arbor – Director, Producer – Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan

• Exit Through The Gift Shop – Director, Producer – Banksy, Jaimie D’Cruz

• Four Lions – Director/Writer – Chris Morris

• Monsters – Director/Writer – Gareth Edwards

• Skeletons – Director/Writer – Nick Whitfield


• 127 Hours – Danny Boyle

• Black Swan – Darren Aronofsky

• Inception – Christopher Nolan

• The King’s Speech – Tom Hooper

• The Social Network – David Fincher

Original Screenplay

• Black Swan – Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin

• The Fighter – Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

• Inception – Christopher Nolan

• The Kids Are All Right – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

• The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay

• 127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel

• The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

• Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt

• True Grit – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Film Not In the English Language

• Biutiful – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira

• The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

• I Am Love – Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante

• Of Gods And Men – Xavier Beauvois

• The Secrets In Their Eyes – Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella

Animated Film

• Despicable Me – Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

• How To Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

• Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

Leading Actor

• Javier Bardem – Biutiful

• Jeff Bridges – True Grit

• Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

• Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

• James Franco – 127 Hours

Leading Actress

• Annette Benning – The Kids Are All Right

• Julianne Moore – The Kids Are All Right

• Natalie Portman – Black Swan

• Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

• Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

Supporting Actor

• Christian Bale – The Fighter

• Andrew Garfield – The Social Network

• Pete Postlethwaite – The Town

• Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right

• Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Supporting Actress

• Amy Adams – The Fighter

• Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

• Barbara Hershey – Black Swan

• Lesley Manville – Another Year

• Miranda Richardson – Made in Dagenham

Original Music

• 127 Hours – AR Rahman

• Alice In Wonderland – Danny Elfman

• How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell

• Inception – Hans Zimmer

• The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat


• 127 Hours – Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak

• Black Swan – Matthew Libatique

• Inception – Wally Pfister

• The King’s Speech – Danny Cohen

• True Grit – Roger Deakins

For the full list of nominees, visit the BAFTA site, here.