London: Underdog favorite “Slumdog Millionaire” picked up 11 nominations Thursday for the British Academy film awards, Britain’s version of the Oscars.
The British-Indian film about a Mumbai street boy’s rise to game-show glory was nominated in six major categories including best picture, best actor for Dev Patel and best director for Danny Boyle. It also took several design nominations.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages backwards, also was nominated in 11 categories, including best film, best actor and best director for David Fincher.
Double Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet is nominated twice in the best-actress category, for “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road.” She is up against Angelina Jolie for “The Changeling,” Meryl Streep for “Doubt” and Kristin Scott Thomas for the French film “I’ve Loved You So Long.”
The best-actor nominees are Pitt, “Slumdog’“s teenage star Dev Patel, Sean Penn for “Milk,” Frank Langella for “Frost/Nixon” and Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler.”
The winners will be announced Feb. 8. The British awards, known as BAFTAS, are considered an important indicator of success at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles two weeks later.