“Howards End” leads the field in this year’s British Academy Awards race, with 11 nominations, ahead of “Strictly Ballroom” with eight, and “The Crying Game” with six.

Awards are given by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.

In the major categories, “Howards End” and “The Crying Game” are even.

Merchant Ivory’s “Howards End” has been nominated for best film, director (James Ivory), adapted screenplay (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala), actress (Emma Thompson), supporting actress (Helena Bonham-Carter) and supporting actor (Samuel West).

Neil Jordan’s “Crying Game” has picked up nods for best film, director, original screenplay (Jordan), actor (Stephen Rea), supporting actress (Miranda Richardson) and supporting actor (Jaye Davidson).

Richardson has the rare distinction of being nominated twice in the same category, also being cited for Louis Malle’s “Damage.”

Nominations for Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom,” a critical favorite in Blighty, include best film, adapted screenplay (Luhrmann and Craig Pearce), actress (Tara Morice) and music (David Hirschfielder).

Other leading contenders are Robert Altman’s “The Player” and Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven,” both tipped for best film and director, and Robert Downey Jr. as actor for his work in “Chaplin.”

The BAFTA craft awards will be hosted by the Theater Royal in Nottingham on March 7. The performance awards will take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on March 21.

FILM

“The Crying Game”– Stephen Woolley, Neil Jordan

“Howards End”– Ismail Merchant, James Ivory

“The Player”– David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wexler, Robert Altman

“Strictly Ballroom”– Tristram Miall, Baz Luhrmann

“Unforgiven”– Clint Eastwood

DAVID LEAN AWARD FOR DIRECTION

Neil Jordan –“The Crying Game”

James Ivory –“Howards End”

Robert Altman –“The Player”

Clint Eastwood –“Unforgiven”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Neil Jordan –“The Crying Game”

Peter Chelsom, Adrian Dunbar –“Hear My Song”

Woody Allen –“Husbands and Wives”

David Webb Peoples –“Unforgiven”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala –“Howards End”

Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar –“JFK”

Michael Tolkin –“The Player”

Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce –“Strictly Ballroom”

ACTRESS

Judy Davis –“Husbands and Wives”

Tara Morice –“Strictly Ballroom”

Jessica Tandy –“Fried Green Tomatoes”

Emma Thompson –“Howards End”

ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis –“The Last of the Mohicans”

Robert Downey Jr. –“Chaplin”

Stephen Rea –“The Crying Game”

Tim Robbins –“The Player”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kathy Bates –“Fried Green Tomatoes”

Helena Bonham-Carter –“Howards End”

Miranda Richardson –“The Crying Game”

Miranda Richardson –“Damage”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jaye Davidson –“The Crying Game”

Gene Hackman –“Unforgiven”

Tommy Lee Jones –“JFK”

Samuel West –“Howards End”

FILM MUSIC

Alan Menken, Howard Ashman –“Beauty and the Beast”

John Altman –“Hear My Song”

Trevor Jones, Randy Edelman –“The Last of the Mohicans”

David Hirschfielder –“Strictly Ballroom”

NON-ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FILM

“Les Amants du Pont Neuf”– Christian Fechner, Leos Catax

“Raise the Red Lantern”– Chiu Fu-Sheng, Zhang Yimou

“Delicatessen”– Claudie Ossard, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro

“Europa, Europa”– Artur Brauner, Margaret Menegoz, Agnieszka Holland

SHORT FILM

“Deux Ramoneurs Chez Une Cantatrice”– Michel Caulea

“Heartsongs”– Caroline Hewitt, Sue Clayton

“Omnibus”– Anne Bennett, Sam Karmann

“Sense of History”– Simon Channing Williams, Mike Leigh

SHORT ANIMATED FILM

“A Is for Autism”– Dick Arnall, Tim Webb

“Blindscape”– Stephen Palmer

“Daumier’s Law”– Ginger Gibbons, Geoff Dunbar

“Soho Square”– Pam Dennis, Sue Pexton, Mario Cavalli

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Freddie Francis –“Cape Fear”

Tony Pierce-Roberts –“Howards End”

Dante Spinotti –“The Last of the Mohicans”

Jack N. Green –“Unforgiven”

PRODUCTION DESIGN

Stuart Craig –“Chaplin”

Luciana Arrighi –“Howards End”

Wolf Kroeger –“The Last of the Mohicans”

Catherine Martin –“Strictly Ballroom”

COSTUME DESIGN

John Mollo, Ellen Mirojnick –“Chaplin”

Jenny Bevan, John Bright –“Howards End”

Elsa Zamparelli –“The Last of the Mohicans”

Angus Strathie, Catherine Martin –“Strictly Ballroom”

EDITING

Thelma Schoonmaker –“Cape Fear”

Andrew Marcus –“Howards End”

Joe Hutshing, Pietro Scalia –“JFK”

Geraldine Peroni –“The Player”

Jill Bilcock –“Strictly Ballroom”

SOUND

“JFK”

“The Last of the Mohicans”

“Strictly Ballroom”

“Unforgiven”

SPECIAL EFFECTS

“Alien3″

“Batman Returns”

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Death Becomes Her”

MAKEUP

“Batman Returns”

“Chaplin”

“Howards End”

“The Last of the Mohicans”

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