Slumdog Millionaire - Danny Boyle’s film is a Bafta favourite

Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are the frontrunners in the race for this year’s Bafta awards, whose nominations were announced today. Slumdog, Danny Boyle’s tale of a Mumbai street kid, and Benjamin Button, David Fincher’s eccentric fable in which a heavily made-up Brad Pitt lives his life backwards, get 11 nominations apiece, while The Dark Knight (nine nominations), Clint Eastwood’s Changeling (eight), Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon (six) and The Reader (five) also feature prominently.

Kate Winslet with co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road

Following her triumph at the Golden Globes, Kate Winslet may get a chance for another gushing acceptance speech with another two nominations for her performances in The Reader and Revolutionary Road. This time, though, she’ll be competing against herself (as well as Kristin, Meryl and… Angelina) as both her nominations are for Best Actress (why the Globes ever considered her part in The Reader a supporting role is beyond me).

The Wrestler - Mickey Rourke
Globe winner Mickey Rourke, meanwhile, will slug it out for Best Actor with Brad Pitt, Slumdog star Dev Patel, Frank Langella (for his portrayal of Richard Nixon) and Sean Penn (for his Harvey Milk). Jonathan Ross, back from banishment, hosts the awards in London on 8th February, which will be screened live on BBC1.
Here’s a list of nominees in the leading Bafta categories. You’ll find the list of nominations in full on Bafta’s own website.

Best Film
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director
Changeling – Clint Eastwood
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button – David Fincher
Frost/Nixon – Ron Howard
The Reader – Stephen Daldry
Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle

Best Actor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Actress
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Brad Pitt – Burn After Reading

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Freida Pinto – Slumdog Millionaire
Tilda Swinton – Burn After Reading
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler