Date: Sunday, February 12, 2012
Hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), these awards are the British counterpart of the Oscars and reward outstanding excellence in film and television produced in the last 12 months. The BAFTA's deliver accolades such as 'Best Film', 'Best Actor in a Leading Role', 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best British Film' among many others, with actors such as Kate Winslet, Colin Firth, Mickey Rourke, Forest Whitaker and Kathryn Bigelow all taking home awards in the past.
The Artist has received 12 nominations at this year's BAFTA's, while Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has received 11, Hugo nine, My Week with Marilyn six and The Help and War Horse both nominated five times. Martin Scorsese will receive this year's Academy Fellowship, while John Hurt will receive the Outstanding British Contribution Award.
Some of this year's category nominees include:
* Best Film: The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Help and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy;
* Outstanding British Film: My Week With Marilyn, Senna, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need to Talk About Kevin;
* Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Attack the Block, Joe Cornish; Black Pond, Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley, Sarah Brocklehurst; Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes; Submarine, Richard Ayoade and Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine and Diamind Scrimshaw;
* Leading Actor: Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Michael Fassbender (Shame);
* Leading Actress: Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Viola Davis (The Help).