The Theory Of Everything and Birdman have emerged as early contenders at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards after nominations were announced on Friday morning (09Jan15).

The critically-acclaimed films were given six nominations apiece in the top performance categories, as announced by the show's host Stephen Fry and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin in London.

The Theory of Everything and Birdman will go head-to-head for the coveted Best Film prize, alongside The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, which all received a host of nods.

The Theory of Everything will also compete in the Best Leading Actor category for Eddie Redmayne, leading actress for Felicity Jones, Best British Film, Best Director for James Marsh, and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Birdman's Michael Keaton received another awards season nomination. The film's director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned a nod, as did supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Redmayne and Keaton will do battle against Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) for the leading actor gong, while other contenders for the female counterpart include Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes).

Other nominees for the Best British Film category include '71, Pride, Paddington, The Imitation Game and Under the Skin.

The winners will be announced at London's Royal Opera House on 08 February (15). The show will be hosted by Fry.

 

The main nominees are as follows:

 

Best Film:

The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game

Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Boyhood

 

Best Leading Actor:

Michael Keaton - Birdman

Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler

Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything

Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game

Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Best Leading Actress:

Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore - Still Alice

Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon - Wild

Amy Adams - Big Eyes

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Steve Carell - Foxcatcher

Ethan Hawke - Boyhood

Edward Norton - Birdman

Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher

J.K. Simmons - Whiplash

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette - Boyhood

Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game

Emma Stone - Birdman

Rene Russo - Nightcrawler

Imelda Staunton - Pride

 

EE Rising Star Award:

Jack O'Connell

Margot Robbie

Shailene Woodley

Miles Teller

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

 

Best British Film:

The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game

'71

Paddington

Pride

Under the Skin

 

Best Director:

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

James Marsh - The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

 

Best Original Screenplay:

Richard Linklater - Boyhood

Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl

Graham Moore - The Imitation Game

Jason Hall - American Sniper

Paul King and Hamish MCColl - Paddington

Anthony MCCarten - The Theory of Everything

 

Best Animated Film:

Big Hero 6

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie