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'Gravity' BAFTA nominations: 'Gravity' leads with 11 BAFTA nominations

The 2013 British-American science-fiction and space drama film "Gravity" won 11 BAFTA nominations on Wednesday, topping rival movies "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle", according to CNN Entertainment on Jan. 8.

Director Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney attend an official screening of 'Gravity' for Academy members hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 2, 2013 in New York City.
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On Wednesday morning, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, nominations were announced by British actress Helen McCrory from "Harry Potter" and Welsh actor Luke Evans from "The Hobbit".

Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller "Gravity" received the most nominations, over Steve McQueen’s "12 Years A Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle".

"Gravity" stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts drifting in space and attempting to return to Earth during the the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle.

"Gravity" director, co-writer and co-producer Alfonso Cuaron was nominated along with his son Jonas Cuaron for the best director honor in the screenplay category.

Sandra Bullock received a nomination in the leading actress category for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as astronaut Ryan Stone.

The film also received nominations for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

"Gravity" will compete for the Best Film award against "12 Years a Slave", "American Hustle", "Captain Phillips" and "Philomena" on Feb. 16 at the 67th annual BAFTA red carpet ceremony in London.