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Redmayne, Cumberbatch vie for award

Two of Britain's biggest acting talents - Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch - will compete for a prestigious award for their cinema portrayals of two of the country's greatest minds.

The pair are nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for their respective roles as scientist Stephen Hawking and code-breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing.

Eddie played the author of A Brief History Of Time in The Theory Of Everything, while Benedict played Turing in The Imitation Game, which was based on his time working as a Second World War codebreaker at Bletchley Park.

Also in the running for the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a leading role are Steve Carell, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Keaton.

Benedict is also recognised for his performance as Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC show which gets him on the shortlist for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

The nominations, which were announced in Los Angeles today, also see nods for the actor's co-star Keira Knightley, who is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and Rosamund Pike.

Gone Girl star Rosamund is up against big names including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Also nominated are the entire cast of Downton Abbey for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award.

Winners will be announced on January 25.

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