There’s a tie at the top after the announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominations, with David O. Russell’s American Hustle and Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity each up for 10 awards. 12 Years a Slave, directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen, follows with nine nominations.
British film Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, will compete against these three for the best picture gong, and also receives nominations for best adapted screenplay, best music and for Judi Dench as best actress.
Captain Phillips received six nominations, including one for Surrey-born Paul Greengrass as best director. Best actor nods went to UK actors Christian Bale and Chiwetel Ejiofor, for American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave respectively.
Flying the flag for Britain in the supporting role categories are Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave and Sally Hawkins for her turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
There was further recognition for UK talent in the technical categories, with nominations for the production design and visual effects team behind Gravity and for Michael O’Connor for his costumes for Ralph Fiennes’s Victorian romance The Invisible Woman.