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Carol, Bridge of Spies Lead BAFTA Nominations

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Liz Raftery

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominations for its annual Film Awards Friday, with Caroland Bridge of Spies leading the way with nine nominations each.

Those two films will compete against Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenantin the Best Film category. Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara also nabbed nominations for Leading Actress and Supporting Actress, respectively, while Todd Haynes was nominated for Best Director. The lesbian drama, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, also scored an Adapted Screenplay nod, as well as nominations for cinematography, production design, costume design, and hair and makeup.

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Bridge of Spies' nine nominations include a Best Director nod for Steven Spielberg and a Supporting Actor nomination for Mark Rylance, as well as Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Sound.

In addition to a Best Film nod, The Revenant received seven other nominations, including Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu.

In the lead acting races, DiCaprio will face Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) for Leading Actor, while Blanchett's competitors are Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).

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Vikander was also nominated for Supporting Actress for her role in Ex Machina. In addition to her and Mara, the field includes Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Julie Walters (Brooklyn) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

In addition to Rylance, nominations for Supporting Actor went to Christian Bale (The Big Short), Benicio del Toro (Sicario), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight).

Joining Haynes, Spielberg and Inarritu in the Best Director race are Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Adam McKay (The Big Short). Spotlight's Tom McCarthy was snubbed, despite the movie receiving a Best Film nomination.

The BAFTA Awards, often considered predictive of Oscar winners in the acting and Best Picture categories, will be handed out on Feb. 14. See the full list of nominations here.