BBC Films has scooped six Academy Award nominations, which were announced today.
PHILOMENA, is a compelling true-life drama from celebrated British filmmaker, Stephen Frears, adapted for the screen by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan from Martin Sixsmith’s book, ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’.
Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena is sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a ‘fallen woman’. When her toddler is taken away by the nuns for adoption in America, Philomena spends the next fifty years searching for him. By chance she meets Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist intrigued by her story. Together they set off on a journey that not only reveals the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but creates an unexpectedly close bond between them.
The film has been recognised with four nominations for Best Picture: Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward; Actress in a Leading Role: Judi Dench; Writing - Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope; Music – Original Score: Alexandre Desplat.
In addition, John Lee Hancock’s SAVING MR. BANKS illustrates the untold story of how Disney’s classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen. It portrays the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) had with author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and has received a nomination for Music – Original Score: Thomas Newman.
Director Ralph Fiennes stars alongside Felicity Jones in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, which has a nomination for Costume Design: Michael O'Connor.
Nelly, a happily married mother and school teacher, is haunted by her past relationship with Charles Dickens, with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens is a man more emotionally coherent in his work, or on stage, than in life. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of 'invisibility'.
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, said: 'BBC Films is thrilled to have six Academy Award nominations in such a strong year. The recognition for Philomena is a mark of the enduring quality and appeal of British independent filmmaking and is a thrilling testament to Philomena’s amazing story and the film makers' ingenuity and humanity in the telling of it. BBC Films is very proud of having put Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope together, such talented writers of immense skill.’
The winners will be announced at the much anticipated Academy Awards ceremony, which will take place on 2nd March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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BBC Two, Friday 26th February 2016 at 9pm
BAFTA winning true story of one mother's search for her lost son.
The Invisible Woman
BBC Two, Saturday 22nd October 2016 at 9pm
A woman forgotten by history, a love so hidden it might never have existed.
Saving Mr. Banks
Released 29 November 2013
How Disney's classic 'Mary Poppins' made it to the big screen.