The nominations for the British Academy Film Awards have been announced, with Michael Fassbender, The Guard director John Michael McDonagh and Chris O'Dowd among the nominees.

Fassbender is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Shame; George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Solider Spy) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball) complete the shortlist.

McDonagh is nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category for The Guard alongside Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).

O'Dowd is nominated for the previously announced Orange Rising Star Award, which is voted for by the public, alongside Adam Deacon, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne.

The nominees for Best Actress are: Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Viola Davis (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn).

The Artist, The Descendants, Drive, The Help and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are nominated for Best Film, with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy also nominated for Outstanding British Film alongside My Week with Marilyn, Senna, Shame and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo) are the nominees for Best Director.

The Artist has the most nominations this year, 12.

Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides of March) are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

Jessica Chastain (The Help), Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Carey Mulligan (Drive) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) are the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.

Incendies, Pina, Potiche, A Separation and The Skin I Live In are the nominees for Best Foreign Film, with George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Project Nim and Senna the nominees for Best Documentary.

Arthur Christmas, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and Rango are nominated for Best Animated Film.

The awards take place on Sunday February 12 in London.