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British pair vying for film award

Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne will go head-to-head for the best movie actor prize at the Golden Globes for their portrayals of eminent intellectuals.

They are among a wealth of British stars and productions up for prizes, including Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike who battle for the best film actress award.

Cumberbatch is up for his performance as Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, while Redmayne is recognised for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, which had its UK premiere only this week.

They face another British actor in their category, David Oyelowo, for his performance in Selma, as well as Steve Carell for Foxcatcher and Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler.

Jones is up for her portrayal of Prof Hawking's first wife Jane in the biopic examining their relationship and career successes, with Pike honoured for her appearance in Gone Girl.

Making up the category are Jennifer Aniston for Cake, Julianne Moore for Still Alice and Reese Witherspoon for Wild.

The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game are also up for best picture along with Selma, Foxcatcher and Boyhood which US director Richard Linklater filmed over a period of 12 years.

Bookmaker William Hill puts Redmayne as early favourite, along with Moore, while Boyhood is the tip for best picture and Linklater leads the field for best director.

The Globes are often seen as an indicator of possible nominations for the Oscars next year. Cumberbatch and Redmayne were also up for best actor when the shortlists for the Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced yesterday.

There are many further high-profile Brits in the nominations today including Keira Knightley for best supporting actress in a film.

Dame Helen Mirren competes in the category of best actress in a film comedy or musical for The Hundred-Foot Journey, alongside Emily Blunt for Into The Woods. Ralph Fiennes's role in The Grand Budapest Hotel sees him up for best actor in a film comedy or musical, against the likes of Michael Keaton, Bill Murray, Joaquin Phoenix and Christoph Waltz.

Keaton's film Birdman topped the lists with seven nominations, while Boyhood and The Imitation Game have five each.

The awards ceremony will be staged on January 11.

British film Pride has also been recognised as one of the five nominees in the best musical or comedy film category.

Further UK success came in the television categories for the awards.

Downton Abbey and the Northern Ireland-filmed Game Of Thrones compete for best TV series, and BBC1 drama The Missing is up for best mini-series.

British nominees in the television categories include Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt, The Good Wife's Alan Cumming and Ricky Gervais, nominated for his comedy Derek.

British stars who are nominated including Clive Owen (The Knick) and Dominic West (The Affair) for best actor in a TV drama, Gervais for best actor in a TV comedy or musical and Martin Freeman (Fargo) for best actor in a mini-series.

Others include Frances O'Connor (The Missing) for best actress in a mini-series, Cumming (The Good Wife) for best TV supporting actor and Froggatt for best TV supporting actress.

Eric Fellner of Working Title Films, which was behind The Theory Of Everything, welcomed the recognition.

He said: "This film reflects the extraordinary lives of Stephen and Jane Hawking and tells their personal story in a way audiences have never seen before. We're delighted that Eddie's astonishing performance as Stephen and Felicity's as Jane have received the recognition we feel they so richly deserve and we congratulate them and everyone who worked so hard on this film."

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