UK shot films feature heavily in BAFTA nominations

8 January 2014

The UK’s reputation as one of international film-makers’ favourite destinations was further reinforced today as BAFTA announced their nominations for the upcoming EE British Academy Film Awards. High-profile and internationally financed UK-shot films picked up a total of 26 nominations – including 11 for Alfonso Cuarón’s groundbreaking Gravity, and nine for box-office smash Captain Phillips.

There were Best Film and Best Leading Actress nominations for Gravity, but it’s not just the film’s star and director garnering recognition. The film’s astounding visual effects, produced almost entirely by Soho-based Framestore, have earned a much-deserved Best Special Visual Effects nomination. The production also made use of the world class facilities at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, and Gravity’s editing, production design, sound and music teams – all UK based – have all been nominated in their respective categories, highlighting the huge contribution Britain made to the global hit.

Brits Paul Greengrass and Barry Ackroyd were nominated in the Best Director and Best Cinematography categories respectively for their acclaimed thriller Captain Phillips which shot at Longcross Studios in the UK, alongside locations around the world. The film’s UK based sound team also picked up a nomination for their work, amongst a host of other nominations for the film.

And the success of inward investment into the British film industry was highlighted with further nominations – US and UK co-production Philomena, which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, was nominated for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Ron Howard’s Rush, primarily shot on location in England, was recognised in the Best Sound category.

The winners of the 2014 EE BAFTAs will be announced on Thursday 6 February, with the ceremony taking place at London’s Royal Opera House.