The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA -- the Brit equivalent of the Oscars over here) just announced their nominees, and there are going to be some happy people at Fox Searchlight going into Sundance next week. Their big pick from last year's Sundance, Little Miss Sunshine, continues to pick up steam on the awards front, scoring BAFTA noms for Best Film, Direction, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin) and -- not one, but two! -- Supporting Actress nods for Abigail Breslin and Toni Collette.

There's no denying that people just love something about this film, but it's interesting that Collete scored a nom. Breslin is great in the film, but Collette's restrained performance didn't seem to stand out much, competing against the trio of Arkin, Greg Kinnear and Steve Carrell, so it's nice to see BAFTA recognizing her work there.

Joining the little-comedy-that-could in the Best Picture berth are Babel, The Departed, The Last King of Scotland, and The Queen. The Last King of Scotland and The Queen were also nominated in the Best British Film Category; it's likely, if one of those wins, it will be in that slot, leaving Babel and The Departed to duke it out with little Abigail and the yellow VW bus.

This marks Alejandro González Iñárritu's second Best Picture nom, with Babel already nommed for a Best Picture Golden Globe, while fellow Amigos Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro once again get left out in the cold). Innaritu is also a Directors Guild of America nominee. Del Toro did get a nod for his film, Pan's Labyrinth, in the Best Foreign Picture category, where he's up against Apocalypto (James might just have a stroke if that one wins), Black Book, which was getting heavy buzz for awhile at Toronto, Rang de Basanti (Paint it Yellow) and Volver.

Best Actor nominations include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Peter O'Toole (Venus), Richard Griffiths (The History Boys) and Daniel Craig (Casino Royale). Don't look for the latter two to carry much weight with Oscar noms. If I were betting on this one, my money would be on O'Toole to take this one. Best Actress, much like the Globe noms, pits the formidable British trio of Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet against Penelope Cruz for Volver. Whereas the Globes rounded out the Best Actress court with Maggie Gyllenhaal for Sherrybaby, the BAFTAs toss in some love for Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada. Prada also scored noms for Emily Blunt for Best Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay.

Children of Men, sadly, continues to get ignored for the big categories, although it scored noms for cinematography and production design. I'm not sure what exactly happened to derail this film's chances for major awards; it's critically lauded, it's done decent box office, and it was on all kinds of top ten lists, but for whatever reason it's getting overlooked for the majors, which is a shame.

Full list of BAFTA noms after the jump:
categories Awards, Cinematical