"Budapest Hotel" led all BAFTA honorees with 11 nominations in total, while "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything" also impressed with 10 nods each. "The Imitation Game" followed with nine noms.
In the best film category, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" will face opponents "Birdman," "Boyhood," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything."
Anderson, who has never won a BAFTA award, landed a best director mention alongside "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Inarritu, "Boyhood" filmmaker Richard Linklater, "The Theory of Everything's" James Marsh and "Whiplash's" Damien Chazelle.
In the fight for best leading actor, Ralph Fiennes ("The Grand Budapest Hotel") takes on Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Nightcrawler").
The best actress category features Amy Adams ("Big Eyes"), Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild") and Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl").
One notable omission from Friday's nominations was Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Despite its recent momentum in the awards race, the Martin Luther King drama failed to score a single nomination. Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" was another no-show in the contest.
Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" received a meager two nominations each. "Big Eyes" only received recognition in the leading actress (Amy Adams) and production design categories, while "Foxcatcher's" only noms were for Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell, both placed in the supporting actors category.
Among British contenders, "Mr. Turner" underperformed on home turf. Mike Leigh's pic failed to make the shortlist in any of the major categories, including lead actor, where Timothy Spall -- who won the prize in Cannes -- was expected to feature.
Sneaking into another high-profile ceremony, "Nightcrawler" boosted its awards profile with nominations for stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and an original screenplay nod for Dan Gilroy.
Meanwhile, Sundance darling "Whiplash" drummed up four BAFTA nods in total, including best director, original screenplay, editing and sound.
Leading British producer Eric Fellner, co-chief of production house Working Title, was very pleased by the performance of the British movies overall, and Working Title's own contender, "The Theory of Everything," in particular.
Fellner told Variety: "My takeaway is what a great state the British film industry is in. When you look at the best British film category, you see five fantastic movies in all sorts of different genres, with brilliantly talented people, directing, producing, starring, making, in all the crafts. It's brilliant. I think it is a huge nod to the support that various governments over the past decade or so have given to our industry in terms of creating a world-class business."
This year's awards will take place on Feb. 8 at London's Royal Opera House, with Stephen Fry hosting.
BAFTA NOMINATIONS: FULL LIST
BEST FILM "Birdman," Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole "Boyhood," Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson "The Imitation Game," Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman "The Theory of Everything," Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM "'71," Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke "The Imitation Game," Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore "Paddington," Paul King, David Heyman "Pride," Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford "The Theory of Everything," James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten "Under the Skin," Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER Elaine Constantine (Writer/Director), "Northern Soul" Gregory Burke (Writer), Yann Demange (Director), "'71" Hong Khaou (Writer/Director), "Lilting" Paul Katis (Director/Producer), Andrew De Lotbiniere (Producer), "Kajaki: The True Story" Stephen Beresford (Writer), David Livingstone (Producer), "Pride"
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE "Ida," Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska "Leviathan," Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov "The Lunchbox," Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga "Trash," Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier "Two Days, One Night," Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
DOCUMENTARY "20 Feet From Stardom," Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen "20,000 Days on Earth," Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras "Finding Vivian Maier," John Maloof, Charlie Siskel "Virunga," Orlando Von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
ANIMATED FILM "Big Hero 6," Don Hall, Chris Williams "The Boxtrolls," Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable "The Lego Movie," Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
DIRECTOR "Birdman," Alejandro G. Inarritu "Boyhood," Richard Linklater "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson "The Theory of Everything," James Marsh "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "Birdman," Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo "Boyhood," Richard Linklater "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson "Nightcrawler," Dan Gilroy "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY "American Sniper," Jason Hall "Gone Girl," Gillian Flynn "The Imitation Game," Graham Moore "Paddington," Paul King "The Theory of Everything," Anthony Mccarten
LEADING ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" Michael Keaton, "Birdman" Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
LEADING ACTRESS Amy Adams, "Big Eyes" Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything" Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Reese Witherspoon, "Wild" Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
SUPPORTING ACTOR Edward Norton, "Birdman" Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood" J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher" Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Emma Stone, "Birdman" Imelda Staunton, "Pride" Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game" Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" Rene Russo, "Nightcrawler"
ORIGINAL MUSIC "Birdman," Antonio Sanchez "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Alexandre Desplat "Interstellar," Hans Zimmer "The Theory of Everything," Johann Johannsson "Under the Skin," Mica Levi
CINEMATOGRAPHY "Birdman," Emmanuel Lubezki "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Robert Yeoman "Ida," Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski "Interstellar," Hoyte Van Hoytema "Mr. Turner," Dick Pope
EDITING (Due to a tie in voting in this category, there are six nominations) "Birdman," Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Barney Pilling "The Imitation Game," William Goldenberg "Nightcrawler," John Gilroy "The Theory of Everything," Jinx Godfrey "Whiplash," Tom Cross
PRODUCTION DESIGN "Big Eyes," Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock "The Imitation Game," Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald "Interstellar," Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis "Mr. Turner," Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts
COSTUME DESIGN "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Milena Canonero "The Imitation Game," Sammy Sheldon Differ "Into the Woods," Colleen Atwood "Mr. Turner," Jacqueline Durran "The Theory of Everything," Steven Noble
MAKE UP & HAIR "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Frances Hannon "Guardians of the Galaxy," Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White "Into the Woods," Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland "Mr. Turner," Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener "The Theory of Everything," Jan Sewell
SOUND "American Sniper," Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman "Birdman," Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak "The Imitation Game," John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen "Whiplash," Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett "Guardians of the Galaxy," Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White "Interstellar," Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley "X-Men: Days of Future Past," Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION "The Bigger Picture," Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka "Monkey Love Experiments," Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson "My Dad," Marcus Armitage
BRITISH SHORT FILM "Boogaloo and Graham," Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney "Emotional Fusebox," Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard "The Karman Line," Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp "Slap," Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland "Three Brothers," Aleem Khan, Matthieu De Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC) Gugu Mbatha-Raw Jack O'Connell Margot Robbie Miles Teller Shailene Woodley