Epic Atonement dominates Bafta nominations

Atonement has received 14 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, including nods for its stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

The First World War-set movie has been nominated in the top categories Best Film and Best British Film. Keira Knightley and James McAvoy have been nominated for Leading Actress and Leading Actor.

The film is also up for Best Director for Joe Wright, Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of more technical categories. Saoirse Ronan receives a Supporting Actress nomination.

Two films which haven’t yet screened in the UK have done well. No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, each receive nine nominations. La Vie En Rose is up for seven awards. The Bourne Ultimatum has six nominations, with American Gangster, The Lives Of Others and Michael Clayton getting five each.

Cate Blanchett is up for two awards – for Supporting Actress for I’m Not There and Leading Actress for her role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Other Leading Actress nominees are Golden Globe winner Julie Christie for Away From Her, French star Marion Cotillard for La Vie En Rose, Canadian actress Ellen Page for Juno as well as Knightley for Atonement.

McAvoy will be competing with George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Viggo Mortensen and Ulrich Muhe in the Leading Actor category. Paul Greengrass is up against Wright for Best Director for The Bourne Ultimatum.

The awards take place on February 10 at The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, two weeks ahead of the Oscars.

Jonathan Ross will again host the Baftas.

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