A few days ago we saw the Golden Globes take place, and the winner’s list was filled with surprises. Now we have the official nominees from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts aka BAFTA. They’re the equivalent to the British version of the Oscars and they’ve unveiled their top film choices of the past year…

This year’s nominees seem to have picked up where the U.S. critics left off. Some amazing films and performances from 2009 got completely overlooked at the Golden Globe awards, so it’s good to see them pop up on the BAFTA roster. For example, Duncan Jones‘ flick Moon got some much deserved recognition in the Outstanding British Film category. Also, Andy Serkis picked up a Best Lead Actor nod for his work in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Who saw that coming?

Another plus to this list includes Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Prince getting in on some of the Visual Effects action. Even though the film is in the same category as Avatar, at least it’s getting some recognition. Most of the Potter films have amazing graphics, but I have yet to see Half-Blood Prince receive any major recognition this year. In the Best Supporting Actor category Alec Baldwin managed to sneak in with his performance from It’s Complicated, as well as Christian McKay‘s eerie portrayal in Me And Orson Welles.

Here are the rest of the nominees…

Best film
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Up In The Air

Outstanding British film
An Education
Fish Tank
In The Loop
Nowhere Boy

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director and producer
Lucy Bailey, Andrew Thompson; Elizabeth Morgan Hemlock, David Pearson – directors; producers, Mugabe and the White African
Eran Creevy, writer/director, Shifty
Stuart Hazeldine, writer/director, Exam
Duncan Jones, director, Moon
Sam Taylor-Wood, director, Nowhere Boy

James Cameron, Avatar
Neill Blomkamp, District 9
Lone Scherfig, An Education
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Original screenplay
Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, The Hangover
Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Up

Adapted screenplay
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell, District 9
Nick Hornby, An Education
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, In The Loop
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up In The Air

Film not in the English language
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Let The Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

Animated film
Fantastic Mr Fox

Leading actor
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Andy Serkis, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Leading actress
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Audrey Tautou, Coco Before Chanel

Supporting actor
Alec Baldwin, It’s Complicated
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Supporting actress
Anne-Marie Duff, Nowhere Boy
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Kristin Scott-Thomas, Nowhere Boy

, James Horner
Crazy Heart,
T-Bone Burnett, Stephen Bruton
Fantastic Mr Fox,
Alexandre Desplat
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,
Chaz Jankel
Michael Giacchino

Mauro Fiore
District 9,
Trent Opaloch
The Hurt Locker,
Barry Ackroyd
Inglourious Basterds,
Robert Richardson
The Road,
Javier Aguirresarobe

Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron
District 9,
Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker,
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
Inglourious Basterds,
Sally Menke
Up In The Air,
Dana E Glauberman

Production design
District 9
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Inglourious Basterds

Costume design
Bright Star
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
A Single Man
The Young Victoria

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Special visual effects
District 9
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek

Make-up and hair
Coco Before Chanel
An Education
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
The Young Victoria

Short animation
The Gruffalo
The Happy Duckling
Mother of Many

Short film
I Do Air
Off Season

The Orange rising star award (voted for by the public)
Jesse Eisenberg
Nicholas Hoult
Carey Mulligan
Tahar Rahim
Kristen Stewart

What do you think of this year’s BAFTA nominees?