Philomena gets four Oscar nominations

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena Judi Dench is up for best actress, with Steve Coogan a hopeful in the best adapted screenplay category

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Philomena has been nominated for four Oscars, including the prestigious best film title.

The BBC film - a fact-based drama from Stephen Frears - is also up for the best adapted screenplay and best music trophies.

And its star Judi Dench will compete against the likes of Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett in the best actress category.

The film tells the story of one Irish woman's search for her son after he's adopted and taken to the United States. She's helped in her mission by a journalist, played by Steven Coogan, who co-wrote the film with Jeff Pope.

Philomena's Oscar nominations echo its four nods from Bafta: best film, best British film, best adapted screenplay and best actress awards.

It also earned three Golden Globe nominations, but didn't win any awards.

Another BBC title, Saving Mr Banks, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, earned one namecheck in the best music category.

Room on the Broom

And the BBC commission Room on the Broom is up for the animated short prize.

The 30-minute children's drama, which was broadcast over Christmas 2012, is the story of a kind witch who invites a gang of animals to join her on her broom, much to her cat's annoyance.

Written by Julia Donaldson, it was made by Magic Light Pictures, who also made The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child for the BBC.

The Oscars will take place on March 2 in Los Angeles.

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