Ramsay in the running for Best Director at BAFTAs

Lynne Ramsay is the sole British hope for Best Director at the upcoming BAFTA Film Awards, having been nominated for We Need to Talk About Kevin this morning (17 January).

Ramsay is nominated alongside Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Nicholas Windig Refn for Drive, Martin Scorsese for Hugo, and Tomas Alfredson, who directed Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Tinker Tailor.... , Drive and The Artist are all also nominated for Best Film, for which they will face off against The Help and The Descendants, both directed by Americans (Tate Taylor and Alexander Payne respectively).

Outstanding British Film also sees Ramsay’s ...Kevin up against Tinker Tailor... , as well as Simon Curtis’ My Week With Marilyn, Steve McQueen’s Shame and Asif Kapadia’s documentary Senna.

Meanwhile, in the Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer category, directors Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Richard Ayoade (Submarine) and Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus) are all in contention, along with director Paddy Considine and producer Diarmid Scrimshaw for Tyrannosaur, and Will Sharpe (director/writer), Tom Kingsley (director), Sarah Brocklehurst (producer) for Black Pond.

In Best Animated, the British film Arthur Christmas (directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook) goes up against works by two American directors, in the shape of Tintin (Steven Spielberg) and Rango (Gore Verbinksi).

The Short Animation category sees nominations for Afarin Eghbal’s Abuelas, Robert Morgan’s Bobby Yeah and Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll. Finally, in Best Short Film, Chalk, directed by Martina Amati, Mwansa the Great (by Rungano Nyoni), Only Sound Remains (Arash Ashtiani), Pitch Black Heist (John Maclean) and Two And Two (Babak Anvari) all made the shortlist.

For a full list of nominees, please click here.