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McQueen's film leads the way in Baftas with 10 nominations

A lauded film about American slavery, Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, has been given 10 nominations at this year's Bafta awards.

The movie picked up nominations for McQueen and three of its stars and is in the running to be named best film.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in America's deep south, is nominated for the leading actor award while co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender are nominated for best supporting actress and actor respectively.

Gravity, an acclaimed drama set in space, leads nominations with 11 nods, ahead of 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, which also has 10 nominations.

There is a strong Scottish interest in several of the awards, with film makers Scott Graham, Paul Wright and Polly Stokes all receiving nominations for the Outstanding Debut category.

Paul Wright was nominated for For Those in Peril and Mr Graham for Shell.

Actor George McKay has also been nominated for the Rising Star award for his roles in For Those in Peril and Sunshine on Leith.

The Short Animation Films category also includes Ainslie Henderson's I Am Tom Moody, which was his graduation film from the Edinburgh College of Art.

Caroline Parkinson, director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: "Scotland has a wealth of film talent.

"It's wonderful to see such talents recognised by Bafta in this mix of superb British film nominations."

The other contenders for best film category include Philomena, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and Gravity.

Ejiofor faces competition for the leading actor award from Bruce Dern for his role in Nebraska as well as Hollywood triumvirate Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

Dame Judi Dench has been nominated for the leading actress award for her role in Philomena which is based on the true story of a woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland.

She is in the running with American Hustle's Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson and Sandra Bullock for her role in Gravity.

American chatshow host Oprah Winfrey is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Butler.

That category also sees Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts nominated along with Sally Hawkins for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

The Baftas take place on 16 February at the Royal Opera House.

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