Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Atonement Leads the Way with 14 Bafta Nominations; (1) Success Story: Atonement Cast Members James McAvoy, Who Is Up for Best Actor, Saoirse Ronan (Best Supporting Actress), Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Wright (Best Director) and Keira Knightley (Best Actress) (2) Honours: Julie Christie in Away from Her, above; Double Nominee Cate Blanchett, Right, and Daniel Day-Lewis, Up for Best Actor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Atonement Leads the Way with 14 Bafta Nominations; (1) Success Story: Atonement Cast Members James McAvoy, Who Is Up for Best Actor, Saoirse Ronan (Best Supporting Actress), Vanessa Redgrave, Joe Wright (Best Director) and Keira Knightley (Best Actress) (2) Honours: Julie Christie in Away from Her, above; Double Nominee Cate Blanchett, Right, and Daniel Day-Lewis, Up for Best Actor

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Byline: LOUISE JURY

WAR-TIME love story Atonement starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoyis on course to dominate the British Academy awards next month.

The movie, which won a Golden Globe best film award on Sunday, scooped 14 Baftanominations including best film and best director.

This matches the 14 for The Aviator in 2005 but does not beat the 16 forRichard Attenborough's Gandhi in 1982.

Keira Knightley, 22, will go head-to-head for best actress against 66-year-oldJulie Christie who beat her to a Golden Globe with her affecting performance asa woman with Alzheimer's in Away With Her.

Knightley's co-star James McAvoy, 29, faces stiff competition for best actorfrom George Clooney, Viggo Mortensen and Daniel Day- Lewis who won the title atthe Globes with his depiction of an oil prospector in There Will Be Blood.There is also a posthumous nomination for The Lives Of Others actor Ulrich Muhewho died in July.

Atonement director Joe Wright said: "I'm over the moon and quite emotional. I'mso proud of everyone. It was a real team effort." Tim Bevan, of Working Title,producers of Atonement, said: "It's fantastic that a British film can pick upthis number of nominations.

Joe Wright did a fabulous job with a brilliant group of British technicians andactors." He was also delighted that another Working Title film, Elizabeth: TheGolden Age, had secured four nominations including leading actress for CateBlanchett. She gets a second chance in the supporting actress category for theoddball Bob Dylan movie I'm Not There.

There Will Be Blood gets a total of nine chances as does No Country For OldMen, the latest from the Coen brothers. Co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and JavierBardem are pitched against each other in the best supporting actor category.

Day-Lewis said of the nominations for There Will Be Blood: "In a year ofexceptional films, that ours has been so fully recognised is the best news ofall." Other British talent shortlisted for the Orange-sponsored ceremony at theRoyal Opera House on 10 February are Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson forMichael Clayton, screenwriter Ronald Harwood and Jonny Greenwood, of Radiohead,for his There Will Be Blood soundtrack. Kelly Macdonald, a star ofTrainspotting now in No Country for Old Men, and Sarah Gavron, director of thecontroversial Brick Lane, are also recognised.

Harwood, whose screenplay for The Diving Bell And The Butterfly is based on thetrue story of Jean-Dominque Bauby, said he hoped the nomination would "sendpeople to the cinema to see it".

The Bourne Ultimatum, filmed partly in London, gets six nominations, includingdirector for Paul Greengrass.

After a double win at the Globes, there was some disappointment for TimBurton's Sweeney Todd although it was nominated for costume, make-up and hair. …

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