“The King’s Speech” Receives 14 BAFTA Nominations

The King’s Speech” took the lion’s share of the nominations at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) as the cross-Atlantic counterpart of the Oscars announced its contenders on Tuesday.

“The King’s Speech,” which tells of King Goerge VI’s struggle with stammering, received 14 nominations to edge “Black Swan” for the most number of nods. “Black Swan,” a psychological thriller about a ballerina coming unhinged, took 12 nods while Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi story “Inception” got nine nominations.

Joining “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” and “Inception” as best picture contenders are the Western remake “True Grit,” and “The Social Network,” the Facebook film that has, so far, been dominating the awards season. “Social Network,” which ruled Sunday’s Golden Globes, received six nominations, including a nod for lead actor Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the film.

Eisenberg will be competing with Colin Firth (King’s Speech), Javier Bardem (Biutiful), James Franco (127 Hours), and Jeff Bridges (True Grit) in the best actor category. In the best actress category, it would be a battle among Natalie Portman (Black Swan), veterans Annette Bening and Julian Moore (The Kids are All Right), Swedish actress Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).