Low-budget Brits scoop nominations for Oscars

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British performers won Oscar nominations in all but one of the key Academy Award categories last night in a year that was dominated by the stunning success of Forrest Gump.

There were particular triumphs for the British makers of the low-budget The Madness of King George, whose star, Nigel Hawthorne was among those on the best actors list, although relatively unknown in Hollywood.

And there was celebrating last night in British film-making circles in Los Angeles over the sucess of another low-cost film, Tom & Viv, the story of T S Eliot's first marriage. It won two nominations - for Miranda Richardson (best actress) and Rosemary Harris (best supporting actress) - despite not being on full release in the US.

The much-praised and hugely successful British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral was nominated as one of the year's five best pictures and as best original screenplay, but there was nothing for Hugh Grant. Paul Scofield was also honoured with a nomination as best supporting actor for his role in Robert Redford's Quiz Show. He is not the only septuagenarian: Paul Newman was nominated in the best actor category for Nobody's Fool.

In Hollywood, the spotlight fell firmly on Forrest Gump which won 13 nominations - the most since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966, the same number as Gone With The Wind, and only one less that the all- time record holder, All About Eve. Its star, Tom Hanks, was chosen in the best actor category, giving him a chance to win for the second year running, although some believe members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may be reluctant to choose him again.

Pulp Fiction, perhaps the other most-talked about movie won seven nominations, including a director's for Quentin Tarantino. This tied with Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway and The Shawshank Redemption.Winners will be announced on 27 March.

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