''Aviator'' leads BAFTAs with 14 nods. ''Finding Neverland'' and ''Vera Drake'' rack up 11, with Kate Winslet competing against herself for Best Actress
Fresh off its three-win evening at the Golden Globe Awards, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator added some International flavor to its résumé, picking up 14 nominations from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (the BAFTAs), including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio).
DiCaprio’s former Titanic costar, Kate Winslet, got some good news, too. She’ll be competing against herself in the best actress category for her turns in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Finding Neverland, both of which were also nominated for best picture — against The Aviator, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Vera Drake.
DiCaprio, who won the Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, will face off against Ray‘s Jamie Foxx, the Globe winner who was awarded Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, plus Neverland‘s Johnny Depp, Motorcycle‘s Gael García Bernal, and Sunshine‘s Jim Carrey.
In the Best Actress sweepstakes, Winslet’s two performances are up against those of last year’s Oscar winner Charlize Theron (Monster), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), and Ziyi Zhang (House of Flying Daggers).
While The Aviator, Neverland, and Drake grabbed the lion’s share of the nominations — the latter pair earned a lofty 11 nominations apiece — one major Globe honoree was virtually ignored by BAFTA: Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. According to The Hollywood Reporter, British film insiders said a decision by the movie’s distributor to not send out screeners to voting members hurt its chances.
Eastwood’s name was absent in the Best Director category, where Scorsese will duke it out with Mike Leigh (Vera Drake), Marc Forster (Finding Neverland), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine), and Michael Mann (Collateral).
Viewers can catch the BAFTA winners picking up their statuettes Feb. 12 in London (airing that night on BBC America).