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Golden Globe Nominations

Date posted: 15.12.2005

The nominations for the 63rd Golden Globe awards have been announced. This year a wealth of British talent and London-shot productions feature in the line up. The award ceremony takes place on 16 January 2006 at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in California.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was founded more than 60 years ago by a group of Los Angeles-based journalists working for overseas publications. Its annual Golden Globe awards have enabled the not-for-profit organisation to donate more than $5.5 million in the past eleven years to entertainment-related charities, as well as funding scholarships and other programmes for future film and television professionals.

It is a much anticipated event that always generates industry excitement and this year is no exception. British institution Dame Judi Dench has received a nomination for her portrayal of Mrs Henderson in the 1930s biopic. She goes head to head with Teddington-born Keira Knightley for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). Knightley has received the nomination for playing the vivacious Elizabeth Bennet in the recently revamped Pride & Prejudice.

Mrs Henderson Presents and Pride & Prejudice are also up for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy). Both of these charming period features were assisted by Film London. Mrs Henderson Presents also shot on the streets of London and in Pinewood Shepperton Studios.

Woody Allen’s Match Point, a riveting tale of deceit and revenge, has also picked up several nominations – namely for Best Motion Picture (Drama), Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) and Best Director (Motion Picture). Allen swapped his favoured streets of New York for the sprawling metropolis of London back in 2004. He continues to actively shoot in the capital.

Supporting actress/actor nominations have been made to Scarlett Johansson for her sultry turn in Match Point, Bob Hoskins for his performance in Mrs Henderson Presents and to Rachel Weisz for The Constant Gardener.

The Constant Gardener, a political thriller partly shot in London, has also received a nomination for Best Motion Picture (Drama). Similarly, the director of this highly-acclaimed feature, Fernando Meirelles, has been selected to compete for the Best Director (Motion Picture) award.

There has also been much recognition for work in British television – with nominations for the BBC epic drama serial, Rome, and for notable performances in The Girl in the Café. Nominations for the aforementioned drama have been received by Kelly MacDonald and Bill Nighy. Both regularly work in television, but possess a power and versatility that often translates to the silver screen.

There are now just a few days before the results will be announced.

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