'Carol', 'Bridge of Spies' lead nominations for BAFTA awards
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian
LONDON (Reuters) - Lesbian romance "Carol" and Cold War drama "Bridge of Spies" led the running for Britain's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Friday, securing nine nominations each.
"Carol", starring Cate Blanchett as a married woman who falls for a shop assistant (Rooney Mara) in 1950s New York has won critical acclaim since premiering at May's Cannes Film Festival.
Its BAFTA nods include leading actress for Blanchett, supporting actress for Mara, best film, adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume design, make up and hair, production design as well as honors for director for Todd Haynes.
"Bridge of Spies", which stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer negotiating the release of a U.S. pilot held captive by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, won a nomination for director Steven Spielberg as well as for best film.
Mark Rylance was nominated for supporting actor and the drama is also in the running for original screenplay, sound, cinematography, original music, editing and production design.
"The Revenant", in which a bear attack sparks a quest for revenge, earned eight nominations, including best film, leading actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and best director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, last year's Academy Award winner for "Birdman".
"The Revenant" also garnered nominations for original music, cinematography, editing, sound as well as make up and hair.
Action adventure "Mad Max: Fury Road" earned seven nominations - cinematography, editing, sound, special visual effects, costume design, production design and make up and hair. Continued...