19th January 2011 – Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films company, was proud to announce a total of 22 nominations in this year’s Bafta awards, the most of any UK distributor.
Leading the way with 14 nominations is The King’s Speech, which is up for Best Film, Best Outstanding British Film, Best Director – Tom Hooper, Best Leading Actor – Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress – Helena Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actor – Geoffrey Rush, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Make Up and Hair.
The King’s Speech was released in UK cinemas on the 7th of January to wide critical acclaim (Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian said it proved there was “fizzing life in old school British period dramas” and that it is “acted and directed with such sweep, verve [and] darting lightness.”). To date it has grossed £11.3m and continues to play to sold out audiences across the country.
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter in The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper said, “I am thrilled and excited by the 14 BAFTA nominations for ‘The King’s Speech’. It is a great honour for all the cast, my UK crew and the entire team and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you, Bafta!”
Geoffrey Rush, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the film, added, “The international response to The King’s Speech has been overwhelming and to be crowned with a nomination from the film’s home turf by the British Academy makes it all that much more special. In the film, my character jokes that he wouldn’t mind a knighthood – a nomination from the British Academy, I think is better.”
The Fighter, which isn’t released until the 2nd of February, is a powerful and touching true story of underdog boxer Micky Ward. It has received three nominations: Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale and Best Original Screenplay.
Other films included The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the first film made from Stieg Larsson’s incendiary trilogy, which is nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Leading Actress – Noomi Rapace and Best Adapted Screenplay. “I am so excited about my first Bafta nomination. To be recognized alongside such powerful performances by such extraordinary actresses is truly an honour. I’m so grateful to Niels Arden Oplev for this incredible experience and I share this nomination with this incomparable cast and crew,” the film’s star Noomi Rapace.
Mike Leigh’s brilliant Another Year has two nominations for Best Outstanding British Film and Best Supporting Actress – Lesley Manville.
Another Year producer Georgina Lowe said, “We are delighted and honoured for everyone involved with making Another Year that we’ve been nominated for Best Outstanding British Film. Our film features a wonderfully talented cast, and we’re really pleased that Lesley Manville has been recognised for her astounding and unforgettable performance.”
Jim Broadbent in Mike Leigh’s Another Year
Xavier Marchand, Managing Director of Momentum Pictures commented, “We would like to congratulate all our Bafta nominees this year. Such recognition from their peers is a credit to their talent and professionalism. The diversity of these films also underlines the breadth of subject that Momentum Pictures offers to cinema goers. We are privileged to be working with such accomplished filmmakers.”