Atonement was a solid pick that seemed destined to fall at the Golden Globes. However, it zoomed into the lead and stole the big Golden Globe away from the likes of No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. Now it's the frontrunner on its home turf for this year's British Academy Film Awards --aka-- the BAFTAs. Variety reports that the film grabbed a whopping 14 nominations, leading, again, the two films it crushed at the Globes, Old Men and Blood -- both of which received nine nods. Behind them, there's the two films that grabbed five nominations each, and are also in the running for best film -- American Gangster and The Lives of Others.

I imagine that Atonement will come out with a victory again, being British and all, but just maybe some Stasi sternness, Blood, or Men can slip in and steal the win. (Props to Gangster for a nod, but I would be beyond surprised if it beat out it's competition for Best Film.) Most of the other picks are pretty expected, although you might be surprised to see Shrek 3 as one of the 3 animation contenders. Personally, I'd love to see Ulrich Muehe get a posthumous award myself for Best Actor.

Zip through the jump to see the full list of nominees.

categories Awards, Cinematical