Ritesh Batra’s internationally acclaimed film The Lunchbox has been nominated for a prestigious British Academy Film Award (BAFTA). The movie starring Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan, is up for the Film Not in the English Language gong at this year’s glitzy BAFTA ceremony. Batra’s flick is up against Polish-Danish drama Ida, Russian Leviathan, Brazilian-British thriller Trash, and Belgian Two Days, One Night.
“It’s an incredible honour for me and my team. I am in London right now, and I just heard about it, and we are honoured to be nominated alongside the finest films of the year. It’s a great way to start the New Year,” Batra said.
The Lunchbox is an unusual love story between a neglected wife and a lonely older man. It hit British screens in 2014 but was released in India in 2013.
Wes Anderson’s stylish comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, scooped 11 nominations at the British film awards which often signal Oscar success. One of the nominations is in the best film category, where it is up against Birdman, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game.
Dark comedy Birdman, which is tipped for glory at the Golden Globes this weekend, and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything both received 10 nominations. Anderson was also nominated in the best director and original screenplay categories for The Grand Budapest Hotel, a touching story of a concierge and his employee for which Ralph Fiennes also received a best actor nod.
Birdman was also nominated for best director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, best actor for Michael Keaton as a washed-up movie actor, and best supporting actor and actress for Edward Norton and Emma Stone. Eddie Redmayne got his first Bafta nod for playing the disabled astrophysicist Hawking in The Theory of Everything, while his co-star Felicity Jones is
nominated in the leading actress category.
He is up against Benedict Cumberbatch for his role as another troubled British genius, mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, while his co-star Keira Knightley, is nominated for best supporting actress.
Redmayne and Cumberbatch are up against Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal, Keaton and Fiennes for leading actor. In the leading actress category, Jones is competing against Reece Witherspoon in Wild, Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, Amy Adams in Big Eyes and Julianne Moore in Still Alice.