"Frost/Nixon," "Mamma Mia!," McDonagh, Daldry and More Among BATFA Nominees

News   "Frost/Nixon," "Mamma Mia!," McDonagh, Daldry and More Among BATFA Nominees
Nominations for the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), which will be presented Feb. 8 at the Royal Opera House, have been announced.

Nominations include major nods to "Frost/Nixon" and "Mamma Mia!" — both of them based on stage shows that originated in the West End — as well as for British theatre practitioners-turned-filmmakers Martin McDonagh and Stephen Daldry, playwright David Hare and actress Rebecca Hall.

"Frost/Nixon" has been nominated for Best Film, and also received further nominations for Best Director for Ron Howard, Adapted Screenplay for Peter Morgan, Frank Langella for Leading Actor, and for Editing and Make-Up/Hair.

"Mamma Mia!" has been nominated for Outstanding British film, and producer Judy Craymer (who also produced the stage version in the West End, on Broadway and internationally) has been nominated for the Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British director, writer or producer for her first feature film. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus received a BAFTA nomination for Music.

"In Bruges" screenwriter Martin McDonagh has been nominated for Original Screenplay, while the film has been nominated for Outstanding British film. Stephen Daldy's "The Reader" has received several nominations, including nods for Best Film, for Daldry for Director, David Hare for Adapted screenplay, and star Kate Winslet for Leading Actress. Winslet is also nominated in the same category for her performance in "Revolutionary Road."

Rebecca Hall, actress daughter of veteran British theatre director Peter Hall, has been nominated in the Orange Rising Star Award. For a complete list of nominations, visit www.bafta.org.

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