December 11, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are among a host of British stars in contention for the 2015 Golden Globe awards.
Cumberbatch, Redmayne and fellow Briton David Oyelowo make up three of the nominees for best actor in a drama.
Felicity Jones, Redmayne's co-star in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, is up for best actress in a drama, as is Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike.
The 72nd Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills on 11 January.
Cumberbatch's citation comes for his role as World War II code breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, for which Keira Knightley gets a best supporting actress nod.
Bookmakers William Hill make Redmayne their 10/11 favourite to win the best actor in a drama award, with Cumberbatch just behind at 6/4.
Both actors were nominated for Screen Actors Guild awards on Wednesday, as were Jones, Pike and Knightley.
Cumberbatch and Redmayne are expected to receive Oscar nominations next month, as is Michael Keaton for his work in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's darkly comic Birdman.
Because the Golden Globes divides its nominations between dramas and musicals and comedies, Keaton is shortlisted in a different category.
Redmayne said he was "beyond thrilled" and would "have a few mulled wines to celebrate", while Jones, who plays Hawking's first wife Jane in The Theory of Everything, said it was "a tremendous moment to get the news".
Knightley and Pike are among other nominees to have expressed pleasure and thanks at having been recognised.
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