BAFTA Nominees Named

Nominations for the 2005 Orange British Academy Film Awards were announced on Monday. After Sunday’s Golden Globes win, Warner Bros.’ The Aviator is up for a number of BAFTAs, including Best Film. The contenders for top motion picture are Focus Features’ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Miramax’s Finding Neverland, Focus Features’ The Motorcycle Diaries and Fine Line Features’ Vera Drake.

The Warner Bros. VFX pic Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban also got some BAFTA love with a nod for The Alexander Korda Award for the outstanding British film of the year. Director Alfonso Cuarón’s entry in the film series is’s up against Edgar Wright’s zombie spoof, Shaun Of The Dead, as well as Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes, Pawel Pawlikowski’s My Summer Of Love and Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake.

Getting recognition in the Short Animation category are Sejong Park’s Birthday Boy, Gaëlle Denis’ City Paradise, Sarah Cox’s Heavy Pockets, Monika Forsberg’s His Passionate Bride and Daniel Greaves’ Little Things.

Achievement in Special Visual Effects will be a race between The Aviator, Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow, Focus Features’ House Of Flying Daggers and Sony’s Spider-Man 2. The second installment in director Sam Raimi’s Marvel superhero saga is also up for a Sound award.

The shortlist for the Orange Film of the Year, made up of the top 10 U.K. box office hits of 2004, includes The Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale, Spider-Man 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Scooby Doo 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Troy, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and I, Robot.

The Awards will be hosted for the fifth time by Stephen Fry and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Odeon, Leicester Square. BBC ONE will broadcast the event, produced by Initial (part of Endemol U.K.).

For a complete list of nominees, go to www.bafta.org/film/announce.htm.