Three BAFTA nominations put Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch in direct competition

As the nominations are announced, ‘old pals’ Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch prepare to battle it out at this year’s BAFTA awards. Yikes!

The ceremony, due to take place on 8 February, will see the actors pitted against each other as they vie for the coveted Leading Actor crown.

The pair will also compete for gongs including British Film, Best Film and Adapted Screenplay, as their portrayals of Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing are nominated for all three. Nothing wrong with a bit of friendly competition, eh?

Clearly happy with his nominations, Eddie called them ‘a wonderful thing’ but we wonder if he’ll be quite so pleased about taking on his buddy? The Theory of Everything saw the modest star portray scientist Stephen Hawking, a role that rival Benedict also took on back in 2004.

Eddie reckons he didn’t watch his opponent’s performance though, telling the BBC: ‘I thought long and hard about it. I heard it was breathtaking. I knew myself well enough to know that if I watched it I’d try to steal little bits.’ Aww!

Benedict‘s turn as mathematician and code breaker, Turing, in The Imitation Game also received wide acclaim, and the film is nominated in a total of nine categories. But with The Theory of Everything scooping up ten nominations, who knows what which way it will go.

Wahh! We can’t take the tension.

The friends will have a chance to catch up at the annual pre-BAFTAs bash, and no doubt will have a lot to talk about with Benedict and fiancee Sophie Hunter expecting their first child and Eddie recently making Hannah Bagshawe his wife.

It seems the girls are getting in on the action, too. Felicity Jones, who plays Stephen‘s wife Jane is up against Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Amy Adams for Leading Actress, and Keira Knightley faces stiff competition from Emma Stone, Imelda Staunton, Rene Russo and Patricia Arquette for Supporting Actress.

We would love to see them both go home with a nice golden face for their mantelpiece, but who will come out on top? We can’t decide but we’ll be looking out for those gracious disappointment faces. Smile and clap, boys! Smile and clap.

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Katie Langord-Foster