Potter and Drive lead Empire Award nominations

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe The final Harry Potter episode is up for a new technological award

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part Two and Drive lead this year's Empire Awards, with five nominations each.

The movies compete against each other for best film, best director and best actor.

The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Attack the Block, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo are shortlisted in four categories.

The awards are voted for by the British public via the film magazine's website.

Oscar-winning releases The Artist and The Help failed to make the list of nominations.

In the best actress category, Drive Star Carey Mulligan will do battle with Meryl Streep for her performance in The Iron Lady.

Michelle Williams for her performance in My Week With Marilyn, Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Tyrannosaur's Olivia Colman are also in the running.

Homegrown stars Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Craig, Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis are pitched against each other for best actor.

Steven Spielberg is up for a best director nod for his work on War Horse, in a shortlist that includes the director of the last Harry Potter episode, David Yates.

A number of new categories have appeared in this year's awards including the Art of 3D, while the best newcomer award has been split into male and female prizes.

Winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Sunday March 25.

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