Gravity," the emotional space adventure directed by Mexican Alfonso Cuaron, on Wednesday proved to be the favorite at Britain's upcoming Bafta awards, receiving 11 nominations including best director and best film.

Besides the gripping in-orbit odyssey, which was filmed almost exclusively in Britain's Pinewood and Shepperton studios, both Briton Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and the police tragicomedy "American Hustle" received 10 nominations.

Other top contenders at this year's Baftas are "Captain Phillips" and "Philomena," both of which are based on real events and received nine and four nominations, respectively.

Among the candidates for best director at the Baftas are Cuaron and McQueen, as well as Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf of Wall Street," Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and David O. Russell ("American Hustle").

Cuaron, who has emerged as one of the big contenders in the runup to the Oscars, is up with his son Jonas for the Bafta for best original screenplay for "Gravity," along with Bob Nelson for "Nebraska" and veteran Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine."

The award ceremony of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, considered to be a bellwether for the Oscars in Hollywood, will be held on Feb. 16 in a red carpet ceremony at London's Royal Opera House, hosted once again by actor Stephen Fry. EFE