Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Dan: Nods show diverse film year

Daniel Radcliffe at the Bafta nominations event

Daniel Radcliffe has said he is "delighted" that the final Harry Potter film has been recognised in the latest Bafta nominations.

Harry Potter And Ths Deathly Hallows - Part Two, the last instalment of the popular series about the boy wizard received four nods on the 2012 list.

Announcing the shortlist at Bafta in Piccadilly, Daniel said: "I think they absolutely deserve to be there and I really hope they'll win."

He added: "It's a really diverse grouping of lots of very, very different styles of films, so it's a good year for cinema."

Fresh from her Golden Globe win, Meryl Streep called her Bafta lead actress nomination "thrilling, thrilling news!", adding: "Not just for me, but for the film of which I am very proud, and for the hundreds of people who worked on it! Thanks, from a (New) Jersey girl..."

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy producer Tim Bevan said he was taking his children to school when he "got a nice email" to say the film had 11 nominations.

He said: "I'm very glad that the film had been nominated for best director. Any film is the vision of a director, and that's particularly so with this movie, so Tomas Alfredson deserves the accolade."

French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius, who directed The Artist, said: "Would you believe me if I were to say I am speechless? No? Then I will say on behalf of everyone involved in The Artist that we are thrilled, delighted and honoured to be recognised by the Bafta voters."

Berenice Bejo, who is up for best actress, said: "That The Artist should be recognised in this way by the British voters, too, is the icing on the cake for all of us. If I were in London right now, I would dance for you."

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