The organisers of the Orange British Academy Film Awards, Bafta, are confident the February 10 event will not be caught up in the WGA strike turmoil.

"Neither Bafta nor our broadcaster (the BBC) is in dispute with the Writers Guild of America; while we hope for the sake of the whole international industry that the dispute is resolved, we look forward to recognising and rewarding great film-making talent from around the world at our ceremony," said Bafta chief executive Amanda Berry recently.

The Bafta nominations were announced in London this week, with Joe Wright's Atonement securing 14 nods, including best film, best British film, best director, best actress (Keira Knightley), best actor (James McAvoy), best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress (Saoirse Ronan). The other best film nominees are Ridley Scott's American Gangster, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives Of Others, Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country For Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.

The nominations produced few major surprises beyond the absence of some of the most widely admired US contenders. Into The Wild and The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford were among the most critically lauded films of the past year and the lack of a best supporting actor nomination for Casey Affleck is a surprise.

History shows Bafta voters have clear favourites who they like to reward time and time again, which has resulted in two nominations for Cate Blanchett this year (I'm Not There, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), a best actor nomination for George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and a best actor nomination for Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), who must now be considered the front-runner in the category.

However, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street was only nominated for make-up and costume design when Tim Burton and Johnny Depp might have considered themselves Bafta favourites. Could the lack of a screener have damaged its chances'


American Gangster, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott

Atonement, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster

The Lives Of Others, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann

No Country For Old Men, Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

There Will Be Blood, JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi


Atonement, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Joe Wright, Christopher Hampton

The Bourne Ultimatum, Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Paul L Sandberg, Paul Greengrass, Tony Gilroy, Scott Z Burns, George Nolfi

Control, Orian Williams, Todd Eckert, Anton Corbijn, Matt Greenhalgh

Eastern Promises, Paul Webster, Robert Lantos, David Cronenberg, Steve Knight

This Is England, Mark Herbert, Shane Meadows

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD (UK director, writer or producer for first feature)

Chris Atkins (writer-director), Taking Liberties

Mia Bays (producer), Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

Sarah Gavron (director), Brick Lane

Matt Greenhalgh (writer), Control

Andrew Piddington (writer-director), The Killing Of John Lennon


Joe Wright, Atonement

Paul Greengrass, The Bourne Ultimatum

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives Of Others

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood


Steven Zaillian, American Gangster

Diablo Cody, Juno

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives Of Others

Tony Gilroy,M

Shane Meadows, This Is England


Christopher Hampton,Atonement

Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

David Benioff, The Kite Runner

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood


The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

The Kite Runner

The Lives Of Others

Lust, Caution

La Vie En Rose



Shrek The Third

The Simpsons Movie


George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

James McAvoy, Atonement

Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

Ulrich Muhe, The Lives Of Others


Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Julie Christie, Away From Her

Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose

Keira Knightley, Atonement

Ellen Page, Juno


Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men

Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood

Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton


Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Kelly Macdonald, No Country For Old Men

Samantha Morton, Control

Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton.