Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Stephen Frears' 'Philomena'
January 8th 2014
NOMINATIONS FOR PHILOMENA, SAVING MR BANKS, THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AND GOOD VIBRATIONS
8th January 2014, London, UK: BBC Films has scooped 11 nominations at this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, which were announced today.
Philomena received four nominations, Saving Mr. Banks received five nominations, The Invisible Woman received one nomination and Good Vibrations received one nomination.
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 Film: Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Outstanding British Film: Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope, Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope and Leading Actress: Judi Dench.
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 five nominations for Outstanding British Film: John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith, Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kelly Marcel, Leading Actress: Emma Thompson, Original Music: Thomas Newman and Costume Design: Daniel Orlandi.
Director Ralph Fiennes, who also stars alongside Felicity Jones in The Invisible Woman
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'.
Directors Lia Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn's Good Vibrations has received one nomination for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson.
Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music lover. He opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city’s underground punk scene, and creates a new community - an alternative Ulster - to bring his city back to life. Starring Richard Dormer and Jodie Whittaker.
Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, said: 'This has been a great year for BBC Films. The spread of BAFTA nominations from outstanding debuts to recognition for stars like Judi Dench and Emma Thompson demonstrates the breadth and depth of talent working in the UK today. We're thrilled to have 11 nominations and look forward to a brilliant night for British film on 16th.'
The winners will be announced at the much anticipated EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony, which will take place on Sunday 16th February at London’s Royal Opera House.
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