Baftas 2012 nominations: Meryl Streep and George Clooney up for best actress and actor

Meryl Streep and George Clooney lead the Bafta nominations for best actress and actor for their roles in The Iron Lady and The Descendents

Meryl Streep and George Clooney are leading the Bafta nominations for best actress and actor.

The pair, who each won a Golden Globe on Sunday, are among a plethora of talented actors up for the gongs – officially called the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

The nominees were announced by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe and Great Expectations actress Holliday Grainger this morning, with the winners announced at a glitzy ceremony in London next month.

Meryl Streep, who won best actress for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady at the Golden Globes yesterday, has been nominated for a Bafta

George Clooney, who won best actor in a drama at the Golden Globes yesterday has been nominated for a Bafta

Leading the pack: Meryl Streep and George Clooney, who won Golden Globes on Sunday, have been nominated for a Bafta for best actress and best actor respectively for their roles in The Iron Lady and The Descendents

Streep, 63, is nominated for her controversial
portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron lady for which she is also tipped to win an Oscar later this year.

Clooney has received a nod for heart-wrenching drama, The Descendents.

Other actresses in the running are
Michelle Williams, who also won a Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role in My Week With Marilyn.

Michelle Williams is nominated for My Week With Marilyn

Tilda Swinton arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Actress Viola Davis arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Berenice Bejo backstage during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Leading ladies: Michelle Williams, Tilda Swinton, Viola Davis and French star Brnice Bejo are also nominated for leading actress

Brad Pitt appears during the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Gary Oldman at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Actor Jean Dujardin is nominated for a Bafta

Actor Michael Fassbender, from the film Shame, arrives at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards

And now for the men: Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Jean Dujardin and Michael Fassbender have received a nod for leading actor

Viola Davis is in the running for The
Help alongside Brit Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin and French actress Brnice Bejo for The Artist.

Clooney is up against his friend Brad Pitt in the leading actor category with the heartthrob nominated for Moneyball.

Handing them out: Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger announced the nominations live on the award show's website this morning

Handing them out: Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger announced the nominations live on the award show's website this morning

French star Jean Dujardin is up for silent film The Artist.

The film scooped the largest number of nominations, with 12.

Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy follows with 11, including Gary Oldman's leading actor nod.

Actress Carey Mulligan arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Actress Jessica Chastain arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Octavia Spencer arrives at the 2012 Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe After Party

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 2012 Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe After Party

Don't forget the supporters: Carey Mulligan, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy are nominated for nest supporting actress, along with Judi Dench

Jonah Hill arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Kenneth Branagh backstage at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Jim Broadbent at the European film premiere of The Iron Lady

Christopher Plummer attends the 69th Annual Golden Globes

And the boys: Jonah Hill, Kenneth Branagh, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Plummer are in the running for best supporting actor, along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Irish-German star Michael Fassbender is also in the running for his movie about sex addiction, Shame.

Hugo, Martin Scorsese's first children's film, has nine nominations, including best director.

Scottish
film-maker Lynne Ramsay is the British name up for best director, for
We Need To Talk About Kevin, adapted from Lionel Shriver's best-selling
novel about the mother of a boy who goes on a high-school killing-spree.

Scottish film-maker Lynne Ramsay is the British name up for best director, for We Need To Talk About Kevin, alongside Martin Scorsese for his first children's film, Hugo

Scottish film-maker Lynne Ramsay is the British name up for best director, for We Need To Talk About Kevin, alongside Martin Scorsese for his first children's film, Hugo

Representing: Scottish film-maker Lynne Ramsay
is the British name up for best director for We Need To Talk About
Kevin, alongside Martin Scorsese for his first children's film, Hugo

My Week With Marilyn has six nominations and The Help and War Horse are each nominated five times.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 has four nominations, along with Drive and The Iron Lady.

The Descendants, Moneyball, Senna and We
Need To Talk About Kevin have three apiece and Shame, The Ides of
March, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Bridesmaids, and The Adventures
Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn each have two.

Controversial: Streep has faced criticism for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which depicts the ailing former British Prime Minister looking back on her life

Controversial: Streep has faced criticism for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which depicts the ailing former British Prime Minister looking back on her life

Father material: Clooney plays a Honolulu-based lawyer in The Descendants alongside rising star Shailene Woodley, who plays his daughter

Father material: Clooney plays a Honolulu-based lawyer in The Descendants alongside rising star Shailene Woodley, who plays his daughter

In to win: Silent film The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin, received the most nominations with 12, including for leading actor and actress

In to win: Silent film The Artist, starring Jean Dujardin, received the most nominations with 12, including for leading actor and actress

As well as Scorsese, The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius, Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's Tomas Alfredson are up for the award.

The winners in 24 categories will be announced at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London on February 12.

Stephen Fry will host the awards.

THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS AWARD NOMINATIONS

Leading Actress

Meryl Steep – The Iron lady

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Viola Davis – The
Help

Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Brnice Bejo – The Artist

Leading Actor

George Clooney – The Descendents

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Supporting Actress

Carey Mulligan – Shame

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Judi Dench – My Week With Marilyn

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Jim Broadbent – The Iron Lady

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Ides Of March

Best Film

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding British Film

My Week With Marilyn

Senna

Shame

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Attack The Block – Joe Cornish (director/writer)

Black Pond – Will Sharpe (director/writer), Tom Kingsley (director), Sarah Brocklehurst (producer)

Coriolanus – Ralph Fiennes (director)

Submarine – Richard Ayoade (director/writer)

Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine (director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer)

Foreign language film

Incendies

Pina

Potiche

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Director

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn

Hugo – Martin Scorsese

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson

We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay

Documentary

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

Project Nim

Senna

Animated film

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

Arthur Christmas

Rango

Original screenplay

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

The Guard – John Michael McDonagh

The Iron Lady – Abi Morgan

Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen

Adapted screenplay

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

The Help – Tate Taylor

The Ides Of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon

Moneyball – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Original music

The Artist

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Cinematography

The Artist

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Editing

The Artist

Drive

Hugo

Senna

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Production design

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Costume design

The Artist

Hugo

Jane Eyre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Make up and hair

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hugo

The Iron Lady

My Week With Marilyn

Sound

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hugo

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Special visual effects

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Hugo

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

War Horse

Short animation

Abuelas

Bobby Yeah

A Morning Stroll

Short film

Chalk

Mwansa The Great

Only Sound Remains

Pitch Black Heist

Two And Two

The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award

Adam Deacon

Chris Hemsworth

Chris O'Dowd

Eddie Redmayne

Tom Hiddleston