By Jenna Crombie
January 16, 2008 08:45 AM

The British romance and war epic Atonement led the list of nominees announced on Wednesday for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, the U.K.’s answer to the Oscars.

The Golden Globe-winning movie picked up a staggering 14 nominations, including leading actor and actress for its young British stars Keira Knightley, 22, and James McAvoy, 28.

No Country for Old Men, the modern-day Western based on the Oprah Book Club pick by Cormac McCarthy, received nine nominations, including a supporting actor face-off for costars Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones.

In the best film category, No Country and Atonement are joined by American Gangster, There Will Be Blood and last year’s Oscar winner for foreign language film, The Lives of Others.

Knightley is up for best actress against Cate Blanchett for her role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Ellen Page for her breakthrough performance in the teen pregnancy drama Juno, as well Golden Globe winners Julie Christie (Away From Her) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose).

Globe winner Daniel Day-Lewis’s critically acclaimed role in There Will Be Blood was recognized in the leading actor category. He’ll face competition from McAvoy, George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) and Ulrich Mühe (The Lives of Others).

With the awards season in turmoil as a result of the ongoing writers strike, the Feb. 10 BAFTA ceremony could be the star-studded event of the year.