Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Iron Lady Streep up for Bafta gong

Meryl Streep has been nominated for a Bafta

Meryl Streep has continued her awards run while silent film The Artist and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy have been showered with nominations at this year's Baftas.

The Iron Lady is up for four prizes, including best actress for Golden Globe winner Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher and supporting actor for Jim Broadbent as Denis.

Despite being shunned at the Golden Globes, Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has 11 Orange British Academy Film Award nods, including best film, director, British film and leading actor for Gary Oldman.

Black and white silent film The Artist is the frontrunner with 12 nominations, competing for best film, director, leading actress and actor.

Hugo, Martin Scorsese's first children's film, has nine nominations, including best director. My Week With Marilyn has six and The Help and War Horse are each nominated five times.

In the competitive best actress category, Streep is up against Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin, Berenice Bejo for The Artist and Viola Davis for The Help.

Oldman's leading actor rivals at the awards include Brad Pitt for Moneyball, George Clooney for The Descendants, Michael Fassbender for Shame and Jean Dujardin for The Artist.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Artist compete for the top prize of best film with The Help, comedy The Descendants and crime thriller Drive.

Drive's Carey Mulligan is up for supporting actress, competing with Dame Judi Dench for My Week With Marilyn. The supporting actor category pits Broadbent against Kenneth Branagh for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn.

Hosted by Stephen Fry, the awards take place on Sunday February 12 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

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