As Sky television laid claim to the broadcast of The Orange British Academy Film Awards this year, Joely Richardson announced the nominees at BAFTA's London headquarters. They include Sam Mendes American Beauty, Neil Jordan The End of The Affair, Anthony Minghella The Talented Mr Ripley all nominated for Achievement in Direction and Mike Leigh Topsy Turvy nominated for Original Screenplay. British film East is East was nominated for Best Film. British actors Jim Broadbent, Ralph Fiennes and Om Puri took three out of the five nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role, while Jude Law, Michael Caine, Rhys Ifans and Timothy Spall dominated the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category. Further nominations were taken by Emily Watson for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and Maggie Smith for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.