Australians nominated for BAFTAs

An Australian production company and an Australian actor have been nominated for BAFTA (British Academy of Film Television Arts) Awards overnight.

See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning have received an Outstanding British Film nomination for Shame, directed by Steve McQueen. The film was a co-production with Film4. Shame is up against My Week with Marilyn, Senna, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and We Need to Talk About Kevin.

At last year’s BAFTAs, Sherman and Canning’s film The Kings Speech won seven awards including best film, outstanding British film, best actor in Colin Firth, best supporting actor in Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actress in Helena Bonham Carter, best original screenplay for David Seidler’s script and best original music for Alexandre Desplat’s score. It was nominated in 14 categories, the most any film has been nominated for at the awards.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth also received a BAFTA nomination in the Rising Star category. In the past year the former Home and Away actor played the title role in Thor and has five films in various stages of production; The Avengers; The Cabin in the Woods; Red Dawn; Snow White and the Huntsman; and Rush. He is nominated with Adam Deacon, Tom Hiddleston, Chris O’Dowd and Eddie Redmayne.


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