Along with being shortlisted for the Oscars and the Golden Globes, being put forward for a BAFTA award is a coveted addition to any actor's CV.
Scroll down and click picture to read stars' reactions to the BAFTA nominations.
So with the nominations being released this week, those who are in the running have spoken about how it feels to be singled out.
Here stars including The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Dame Judi Dench – picking up a record-setting 15th BAFTA nod for her role in Philomena - and Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks give their reactions.
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