The nominations for the 2012 Lawrence Olivier Awards were announced in London by Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam, who won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively, last year.

"We are thrilled to announce the incredibly talented list of nominees for the Olivier Awards 2012 with MasterCard. It is truly representative of our diverse world-class London theatre across both the commercial and subsidised sectors, which continues to delight thousands of Londoners and visitors every day," Mark Rubinstein, president of the Society of London Theatre, was quoted as saying by The Independent.

"Matilda The Musical" tops the list with 10 nominations, followed by "Ghost the Musical" and "One Man, Two Guvnors" with 5 nominations each. According to the Telegraph, the Best Actress nominees are Celia Imrie for "Noises Off", Lesley Manville for "Grief", Kristin Scott Thomas for "Betrayal", Marcia Warren for "The Ladykillers" and Ruth Wilson for "Anna Christie".The Best Actor contenders are James Corden for "One Man, Two Guvnors", David Haig for "The Madness of King George III", Douglas Hodge for "Inadmissible Evidence", Jude Law for "Anna Christie" and a joint nomination for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in "Frankenstein".

The Lawrence Olivier Award is the highest honor in British theatre and is presented by the Society of London Theatre.

The 2012 awards will be presented on 15 April, at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.

Click here for the full list of nominees for 2012.