On-screen couple Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander have both been nominated for Baftas for their roles in transgender movie The Danish Girl.
The nominations were announced yesterday by Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw at Bafta’s central London headquarters.
Redmayne will go up against Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston in the leading actor award category, while Vikander will face competition from Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, Dame Maggie Smith and Saoirse Ronan in the leading actress category.
Vikander, who received a second nomination for Ex Machina, said she was “truly honoured” to be nominated.
“The Danish Girl and Ex Machina have been such gifts of projects for me,” she said. “The fact that both of these projects were driven from the UK, with a predominantly British cast and crew and that both these films have been so generously recognised by Bafta today, makes this even more poignant for me.”
Redmayne is also an early favourite to secure an Oscar nomination for his role as Lili Elbe, one of the first known transgender men to receive sex reassignment surgery. He has already been nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.
The actor will be hoping to reprise his success at last year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, which saw him winning the best actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
Kate Winslet and Rooney Mara were nominated for the supporting actress award, ending speculation that Mara would be up for the leading actress category in competition with co-star Blanchett.
Other actresses vying to win the category will be Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Julie Walters (Brooklyn) and Vikander (Ex Machina).
Brooklyn, which has picked up six nominations in total, is also nominated for Outstanding British Film alongside 45 Years, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina and The Lobster.The films leading the nominations with a total of nine nods each are Bridge of Spies and Carol. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been nominated in four categories.
The Baftas will be presented Sunday, February 14, at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.