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In recent years, the awards, known as BAFTAs, have helped small British films gain momentum for Hollywood success.

In 2010, Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” won seven BAFTAs, including best film; it went on to take eight Oscars. Last year “The King’s Speech” won seven BAFTAs and four Oscars, including best picture.

“My Week With Marilyn,” the story of the movie legend’s time shooting an ill-starred comedy in England, received six BAFTA nominations, including a supporting-actor nod for Kenneth Branagh, who plays Laurence Olivier.

He is up against Christopher Plummer for “Beginners,” Jim Broadbent for “The Iron Lady,” Jonah Hill for “Moneyball” and Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Ides of March.”

The supporting actress category features Carey Mulligan for “Drive,” Jessica Chastain for “The Help,” Judi Dench for “My Week With Marilyn,” Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids” and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”

The multinational best-director contest pits Hazanavicius against Denmark’s Nicolas Winding Refn, for the turbocharged “Drive,” Sweden’s Tomas Alfredson for “Tinker Tailor,” Britain’s Lynne Ramsay for “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and Martin Scorsese of the United States for “Hugo.”

The best British film category contains “My Week With Marilyn,” racing documentary “Senna,” sex-addiction drama “Shame,” family tragedy “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”

Steven Spielberg’s equine adventure “War Horse” was overlooked in the major categories but gained five nominations, including cinematography, visual effects and music.


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