2011 BAFTA nominations revealed

The King's Speech faces off against Black Swan

by Jennie Kermode

The 2011 BAFTA nominations were revealed this morning, and though there are no big surprises, competition is stiff in what has been an interesting year. Heading the home-grown pack is The King's Speech, with 12 nominations including Best Film, while Black Swan is in the same position. Colin Firth, who just took the Golden Globe for Best Actor in the former film, has the opportunity to repeat his triumph, but only if he can outshine impressive work by Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network and Javier Bardem in Biutiful. Meanwhile Globe winner Natalie Portman faces off against Annette Bening (The Kids Are Alright) and Noomi Rapace (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) for the Best Actress gong.

As with the Golden Globes, Toy Story 3 is the leading contender in the animation category, but elsewhere the slate is more diverse. There are five nominations for the Coen brothers' reworking of True Grit and three for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Dark comedy Four Lions is up against feminist celebration Made In Dagenham in the Outstanding British Film category while the Outstanding Debut category - always one to watch - includes nominations for Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Nick Whitfield (Skeletons). There are also an impressive eight nominations for Danny Boyle thriller 127 Hours.

Those nominations in full:-

Best Film

Outstanding British Film

  • 127 Hours - Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
  • Another Year - Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
  • Four Lions - Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
  • The King’s Speech - Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
  • Made In Dagenham - Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer


Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Film not in the English Language

Animated Film

Leading Actor

Leading Actress

Supporting Actor

Supporting Actress

Original Music



Production Design

Costume Design


  • 127 Hours - Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
  • Black Swan - Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
  • Inception - Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
  • The King’s Speech - John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin
  • True Grit - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell

Special Visual Effects

Make Up & Hair

Short Animation

  • The Eagleman Stag - Michael Please
  • Matter Fisher - David Prosser
  • Thursday - Matthias Hoegg

Short Film

  • Connect - Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
  • Lin - Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
  • Rite - Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie
  • Turning - Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
  • Until The River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

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