The Guard, As If I Am Not There, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender were included among the the longlist for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards released today.

The Longlist is the result of Round One voting by members of the Academy. With 285 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduced the list of eligible films to 15 in each category. Round Two voting, which opened on 6th January, will reduce these 15 contenders down to the five nominations in each category.

The Guard is up  for Outstanding British Film and Best Original Screenplay. Juanita Wilson’s As If I Am Not There is longlisted for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Brendan Gleeson has been included in the longlist for Best Leading Actor for his role in The Guard, alongside Michael Fassbender for his role in Shame.

Nominations in all categories will be announced on Tuesday, 17th January. The winners will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, 12th February.


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