Jan 8 2014
Twelve Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor has been nominated for the best actor Bafta.
He was among the nominations announced today at Bafta's HQ in central London b y Hobbit star Luke Evans and Helen McCrory from the Harry Potter films.
The film's director Steve McQueen was also recognised with a nomination.
Also nominated was American chatshow host Oprah Winfrey for best supporting actress for her role in The Butler.
McQueen's tale of slavery in America's deep south is heavily tipped to do well at this year's awards season and was also nominated for best film alongside hit movies including American Hustle and Gravity.
Ejiofor faces competition for the leading actor gong from veteran Bruce Dern for his role in Nebraska and Hollywood stars Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.
Dame Judi Dench is nominated for the leading actress award for her role in Philomena along with American Hustle's Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock.
The event, formally known as the EE British Academy Film Awards, is held in London on Sunday February 16.
Other big names among the nominations include Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender who are all nominated for best supporting actor.
The best supporting actress category sees Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts nominated along with Sally Hawkins for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong'o.
McQueen faces competition for the best director award from established names including Paul Greengrass and Martin Scorsese.
Space drama Gravity leads the pack with 11 nominations, one ahead of both 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle.