A scene from 'Metro Manila'
MANILA -- "Metro Manila," the British film which centers on a Filipino farmer in search of a better life in the Philippine capital, bagged a BAFTA nomination for best film not in the English language on Monday.
Written and directed by UK filmmaker Sean Ellis, "Metro Manila" will compete against "The Act of Killing," "Blue is the Warmest Colorm" "The Great Beauty" and "Wadjda" in the top British movie awards, whose nominations were announced on Wednesday
"Metro Manila," which stars Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal, was a big winner at the British Independent Film Festival, picking up awards for Best Production, Best Director and the all-important Best British Independent Film.
Meanwhile, space thriller "Gravity" won 11 BAFTA nominations, putting it just ahead of the pack at Britain's top film honors, while "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" were each nominated in 10 categories.
"Gravity," starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was shortlisted in categories including best film, best actress, best director for Alfonso Cuaron, sound and visual effects, and outstanding British film.
In a highly competitive year, the pre-Civil War slavery film from British director Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave," was also nominated for best film.
That film is heading the nominations across the Atlantic for the Jan. 12 Golden Globe awards.
Other films nominated for the BAFTA best film award were 1970s con-men caper "American Hustle," Somali pirate thriller "Captain Phillips" and the heart-tugging adoption drama "Philomena."
Best actor nominations went to Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave," Christian Bale in "American Hustle," Bruce Dern in "Nebraska," Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's tale of American greed "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."
Competing alongside Bullock for best actress are Amy Adams in "American Hustle," Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's tragic comedy "Blue Jasmine," Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" and Judi Dench in "Philomena."
The awards ceremony for the BAFTAs, formally called the EE British Academy Film Awards, takes place in London on Feb. 16. -- with report from Reuters