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Keira Knightley up for European Film award

Keira Knightley
Image caption Keira Knightley played the lead role in Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Naomi Watts are among those nominated at this year's European Film Awards.

Knightley and Law are both being recognised for their leading roles in the screen adaptation of Anna Karenina.

Watts, who recently played Princess Diana, has been nominated for her role in tsunami film The Impossible.

Belgian film The Broken Circle Breakdown is leading the field with five nominations including best film and best director.

Paolo Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), which has been selected as the Italian entry for the best foreign language film at the Oscars, has four nominations.

Other best film nominees include The Best Offer, Oh Boy!, Spanish/French fantasy film Blancanieves and French Coming of Age film La Vie D'Adele: Chapitres 1 & 2.

Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer is an Old World mystery starring Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush.

Oh Boy! is a tragicomedy about a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the Berlin.

Belgium's Oscar entry, The Broken Circle Breakdown, is a love story interspersed with bluegrass music.

Best comedy nominations include Los Amantes Pasajeros (I'm So Excited!) and Benvenuto Presidente! (Welcome Mr President!)

Paulo Berger (Blancanieves), Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Abdellatif Kechiche (Adele: Chapters 1 & 2), Francois Ozon (In the House), Paulo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) and Giuseppe Tornatore (The Best Offer) are in the running for best director.

More than 2,900 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on 7 December in Berlin.

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