The BAFTA (don't worry about what it stands for - basically, they're the British Oscars) nominations were announced this morning in London, thus reducing the shortlists of 15 down to five finalists in each category. Leading the pack was The Constant Gardener - the John le Carré adaptation received ten nominations including best picture, best director (Fernando Meirelles) best actress (Rachel Weisz), and best actor (Ralph Fiennes). The gay cowboys also continued to do well for themselves, as Brokeback Mountain came away with a total of nine nominations, among them one each for Heath Ledger (best actor), Jake Gyllenhaal (best supporting actor), and Golden Globes best director Ang Lee. Crash also was nominated nine times, competing in both the best picture and best director categories. Memoirs of a Geisha, which had the most shortlist nominations, ended up with only a handful of mentions, including one for Zhang Ziyi as best supporting actress.

The BAFTA awards (the complete list of nominees is here) will be handed out on February 19, less than a month before the Academy Awards ceremony.