Our homegrown talent is sizing up major Hollywood bigwigs, and there are first-timer nominees dying to bag that gold statue. Whilst we countdown the days, here’s a roundup of the contenders for leading actor and actress
Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game
Benedict grabbed the world’s attention in his critically acclaimed role as Sherlock Holmes. Since then he’s made the big move from the small screen to Hollywood, starring in War Horse, The Hobbit and Star Trek. He was voted as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People in the World last year, but will he win his first BAFTA?
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything
He can act, he can sing, he’s a former model, and did we mention was in the same year as Prince William at Eton? Is there anything he CAN’T do? Although we loved his performances in My Week With Marilyn and Les Misérables, Eddie made Hawking himself shed a tear watching the film, so we’ll be very surprised if he walks away empty-handed.
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler
The loveable award-winning actor has graced our screens since the tender age of 10 (awww!). From his portrayal of Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain to a violent Marine in Jarhead, no one can deny his versatility. Not only did Jake act in the box office hit, Nightcrawler, but he also produced the film. #multitalented
Michael Keaton Birdman
Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh Batman! *Clears throat* um, we mean Birdman… You’ll have noticed the similarities in Birdman between Michael and his early career as Batman. Michael leads an all-star cast in this black comedy that tells the story of a struggling actor trying to regain credibility with a Broadway production. He’s also starred in some classics, Beetlejuice and the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3.
Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel
The English gentleman has his portrayal of mysterious characters with equally mysterious pasts down to a T. Ralph captured our hearts in The Constant Gardener, terrified us as Voldemort in Harry Potter and was the cynical M in Skyfall, but this quality performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel is our favourite yet.
Amy Adams Big Eyes
Amy’s breakthrough role in Junebug paved the way for her major starring roles in Enchanted, Man of Steel and American Hustle, in which she won her first Golden Globe. Her red carpet style has been turning heads, channeling old Hollywood glamour with elegant floor-length gowns. She surely has her eyes on the BAFTA prize.
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything
Birmingham born actress Felicity starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has bagged a Burberry ad and a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury prize. She is well on her way to become the hottest British actress in Hollywood, and she’s our new style crush, too.
Julianne Moore Still Alice
Aging like a fine red wine – she needs to share her beauty tips with us – Julianne must have an entire room dedicated to her whopping 67 awards. Known for playing strong characters in Hannibal, Children of Men and Crazy, Stupid, Love, we wouldn’t be surprised if she picked up number 68 at the BAFTAs.
Reese Witherspoon Wild
Our favourite girl next door, Reese taught us the Bend and Snap in Legally Blonde, had us in floods of tears in Sweet Home Alabama and showed us her feisty side in The Good Lie. Based on a true story, Wild takes us on Cheryl’s (Witherspoon) journey of discovery after the death of her mother turns her life upside down.
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl
EVERYONE was talking about Rosamund’s chilling portrayal in the masterpiece thriller, Gone Girl, and we loved her comedic role in The World’s End last year, too. Her performances in Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher and Die Another Day saw her as a supporting actress but now it’s Rosamund’s time to shine.