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Paddington makes arts awards list

Published 10/04/2015

Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington in the film shortlisted for a top award
Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington in the film shortlisted for a top award

There will be marmalade sandwiches all round after the Paddington film was shortlisted for a high-brow arts award alongside cross-dressing potter Grayson Perry and an all-female Shakespeare production.

The film, based on Michael Bond's books and featuring Ben Whishaw as the voice of the famous bear, was a surprise hit passing the 200 million US dollar (£136m) mark at the box office.

It is up against Scarlett Johansson's science-fiction film Under The Skin and Pride, the tale of gay rights activists who support striking miners in the 1980s, at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The annual awards, hosted by the show's veteran presenter Melvyn Bragg, recognise the best in the arts including dance, opera, comedy and TV drama.

The theatre category sees the Donmar Warehouse's Henry IV take on The Young Vic's A View From The Bridge and King Charles III - which looks at what might happen when the Prince of Wales ascends to the throne.

Sam Smith, FKA Twigs and Young Fathers will fight it out in the pop category.

The TV categories are dominated by the BBC with all three shortlisted dramas - Li ne Of Duty, Happy Valley and The Honourable Woman - coming from the corporation.

Two of the three comedies are also from the BBC, W1A and The Trip To Italy, with Sky's Doll & Em also in the running.

Other nominees include Perry who is shortlisted in the Visual Arts category for his Channel 4 series Who Are You? which also tied in with an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bragg said: "Yet again we turn up with a cracking range of talent across the arts. At present, British artists are on song. Many of those nominated are not only British, but world class artists."

The awards are handed out at an event at The Savoy Hotel on Sunday June 7 with the ceremony shown on Sky Arts 1 on Wednesday June 10.

Winners will get an award designed by a student from the Glasgow School of Art.

The South Bank Sky Arts 2015 Awards Nominees:

:: Dance

A Dream within a Midsummer Night's Dream - Ballet Black

Lest We Forget - English National Ballet

The Winter's Tale - The Royal Ballet

:: Opera

Die Frau Ohne Schatten - The Royal Opera House

Moses Und Aron - Welsh National Opera

Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry- Birmingham Opera Company

:: Literature

Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death And Brain Surgery - Henry Marsh

H Is For Hawk - Helen MacDonald

Us - David Nicholls

:: Pop

LP1 - FKA Twigs

Dead - Young Fathers

In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

:: Film



Under The Skin

:: Visual Art

Dock, Tate Britain - Phyllida Barlow

Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red, Tower of London - Paul Cummins and Tom Piper

Who Are You? Channel 4 and National Portrait Gallery - Grayson Perry

:: Comedy

Doll & Em - Sky Living

W1A - BBC Two

The Trip To Italy - BBC Two

:: TV Drama

Line Of Duty, Series 2 - BBC Two

Happy Valley - BBC One

The Honourable Woman - BBC Two

:: Theatre

A View From The Bridge - Young Vic

King Charles III - Almeida Theatre / Wyndham's Theatre

Henry IV - Donmar Warehouse

:: Classical

40 Years Young - Arditti Quartet

The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 8 & 9 -City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony No. 10, Alla ricerca di Borromini - London Symphony Orchestra

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