Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

The Golden Globe nominations for the 2015 ceremony were announced yesterday and there were a whole host of British talent that we in the hunt for the major gongs.

2014 has been another great year for British movies and British acting talent, and many of them were recognised for their work earlier this week.

We take a look at some of the actors who could find themselves making acceptance speeches at the beginning of next year - and we really could be seeing some of them walk away with a major gong.

It has been a terrific year for Benedict Cumberbatch on both the big and small screen with a whole host of projects that have send his star rocketing even further.

However, it is his performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game that really has just about everyone talking, as his central turn is winning over critics and audiences. Just a day after picking up two SAG nominations, he will be in the Best Actor in a Motion Drama mix.

Cumberbatch was already being tipped as a possible Oscar contender and with SAG and Golden Globe nominations now under his belt that really is looking like a major possibility.

Eddie Redmayne is another actor who has been on a high in recent months with his stunning central performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Directed by James Marsh, the movie follows Hawking's relationship with wife Jane after they met at university. It is a film that is already gaining critical acclaim, and will cement Redmayne as a major leading man.

Like Cumberbatch, this is the second major nomination for Redmayne this week, after his performance was recognised by the SAG. And the two good friends are going to go head to head for two of film's biggest awards.

There is a huge British presence in the Best Actor in a Motion Drama, as David Oyelowo is the third Brit to bag a nomination for his role in Selma.

Selma is another biopic movie and sees Oyelowo take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr in the Ava DuVernay directed film.

The movie chronicles that civil rights marches of Selma, Alabama, which changed America forever and this movie could be the real dark horse of the awards season. With all of the political unrest that is in the U.S. at the moment, Selma could be a film that really captures the imagination of the Oscar voters.

Felicity Jones is one of my favourite up and coming actresses and is set to be a major star over the next few years. She grabbed everyone's attention this year with The Invisible Woman and she is set to do the same again with The Theory of Everything.

The Theory of Everything will see Jones take on the role of Jane Hawking, in a film that chronicles the relationship between Jane and Stephen as he struggles over overcome his health problems.

Jones has landed her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama in what is set to be a tough category. Jones is nominated alongside Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, and Reese Witherspoon.

Rosamund Pike is the second of the British actresses in the Best Actress category for her central performance in the critical acclaimed Gone Girl.

Gone Girl is the big screen adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name and saw Pike take on the role of Amy Dunne alongside Ben Affleck and director David Fincher.

While the movie was met well by the critics, it was Pike's performance that really claimed all of the acclaim - she has been tipped for a possible Oscar nomination ever since the movie was released. Pike and Jones are set to go head to head not only at the Golden Globes but also at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where they both snagged another Best Actress nomination apiece.

Keira Knightley is another British actress who has been in the award mix this week as she has picked up a Best Supporting Actress nod at both the Golden Globes and the SAGs.

Knightley has been recognised for her work in biopic movie The Imitation Game, which follows Alan Turing and co as they battled to crack the Enigma Code. The British actress takes on the role of Joan Clarke in the critically acclaimed movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong.

This is the third Golden Globe nomination of Knightley's career, having picked up Best Actress nods for Atonement and Pride & Prejudice.

Other Brits to watch out for include Ralph Fiennes (Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical) and Emily Blunt & Helen Mirren (Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy).

The Golden Globe winners will be announced January 11th 2015.

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