We’re now in the thick of awards season and one important precursor to the February 27 Oscars is the ORANGE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS. The 2011 awards ceremony with host Jonathan Ross will broadcast from London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday, February 13 and will once again premiere on the same day in the U. S. exclusively on BBC America.

The 2011 BAFTA nominations have been announced with The King’s Speech leading the pack with 14 nominations, including recognition in both the Outstanding British Film and Best Film categories. The Social Network, fresh off its Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture, Drama, was also nominated in the Best Film category, along with Black Swan, Inception, and True Grit.

The nominees for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, an audience award voted for by the British public and given to an actor or actress who has demonstrated exceptional talent and promise, are Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Tom Hardy (Inception), Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe), Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass) and Emma Stone (Easy A). Twilight’s Kristen Stewart was last year’s winner.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards premieres on BBC America Sunday, February 13, 8:00p. m. ET/PT including a 30-minute red carpet pre-show.