BAFTAs Bow to Bond and 'Queen'

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"The Queen" received 10 BAFTA nominations on Friday (Jan. 12), but right behind the heavily decorated biopic was the 007 blockbuster "Casino Royale," which earned nine nods for the British film awards.

Facing "The Queen" in the best picture category are "Babel," "The Departed," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

While left off the best film list, "Casino Royale" is still up for the Alexander Korda Award for outstanding British film, where it will face -- go figure -- "The Queen." Also nominated in the category are "United 93," "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Last King of Scotland."

The leads for both "The Queen" and "Casino Royale" top the nominee lists for best actor and actress.

Daniel Craig, initially a controversial choice to play James Bond, is nominated for best actor along with Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Departed"), Peter O'Toole ("Venus"), Richard Griffiths ("The History Boys") and Oscar favorite Forest Whitaker of "The Last King of Scotland."

Helen Mirren, star of "The Queen" and considered an unbeatable Oscar juggernaut, will go for best actress against Penelope Cruz ("Volver"), Judi Dench ("Notes on a Scandal"), Meryl Streep ("The Devil Wears Prada") and Kate Winslet ("Little Children").

The supporting categories are dominated by "Little Miss Sunshine" co-stars. Alan Arkin goes up against James McAvoy ("The Last King of Scotland"), Jack Nicholson ("The Departed"), Leslie Phillips ("Venus") and Michael Sheen ("The Queen") for supporting actor. Meanwhile, Abigail Breslin and Tony Colette will face off against Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada"), Frances de la Tour ("The History Boys") and Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls").

On the overall nomination front, beneath "The Queen" and "Casino Royale" you'll find "Pan's Labyrinth" with eight, "Babel" with seven and a trio of pics -- "The Departed," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "United 93" -- with six apiece.

A complete list of nominees is available at the BAFTA website.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will present its annual awards on Sunday, Feb. 11.

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