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BAFTA Nods Recognize Women Directors and Female Protagonists

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by Inkoo Kang
January 8, 2014 11:59 AM
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Still from "Philomena"

After an award season apparently blind to non-acting female talent, we finally got some good news today. 

Among the BAFTA nominees are films by several women directors: Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant, Haifaa al-Mansour's Wadjda, Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish, and Jennifer Lee's Frozen

The Selfish Giant received an Outstanding British Film nod, while Wadjda racked up another award nomination in the best foreign-film category. Blackfish was the only woman-directed documentary (was Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell snubbed?); likewise for Frozen in the animation category. 

First-time screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) and veteran editor Thelma Schoonmaker (The Wolf of Wall Street) were also honored for their work, the former for the general "Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer" prize. 

Finally, two female-centric films will contend for Best Film honors (Gravity and Philomena), while Blue is the Warmest Color joins Wadjda among the foreign nominees. Saving Mr. Banks will also compete for the Outstanding British Film prize. 

Scroll down for the list of female and female-centric BAFTA nominees: 

BEST FILM

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman

PHILOMENA Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

LEADING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS American Hustle
CATE BLANCHETT Blue Jasmine
EMMA THOMPSON Saving Mr. Banks
JUDI DENCH Philomena
SANDRA BULLOCK Gravity

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
JENNIFER LAWRENCE American Hustle
JULIA ROBERTS August: Osage County
LUPITA NYONG'O 12 Years a Slave
OPRAH WINFREY The Butler
SALLY HAWKINS Blue Jasmine

EDITING
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Thelma Schoonmaker

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
WADJDA Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

DOCUMENTARY
BLACKFISH Gabriela Cowperthwaite

ANIMATED FILM
FROZEN Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman, Jonas Cuaron
PHILOMENA Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope
SAVING MR. BANKS John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
THE SELFISH GIANT: Clio Barnard, Tracy O'Riordan

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
KELLY MARCEL (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
LUPITA NYONG'O
LEA SEYDOUX

PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 YEARS A SLAVE Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
AMERICAN HUSTLE Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
GRAVITY Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

COSTUME DESIGN
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin

MAKE UP & HAIR

AMERICAN HUSTLE Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
THE BUTLER Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal
THE GREAT GATSBY Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn

SOUND
ALL IS LOST Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GRAVITY Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
PACIFIC RIM Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner

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