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Avatar bags nine Oscar nominations

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Full list of Orange British Academy Film Award nominations

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Bafta Brits battle Hollywood heavyweights

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Mary Dejevsky: Why we stay away from the Post Office

It's that time of year again, and I don't mean the time when the Christmas lights are prematurely lit. Early December is fine. No, it's that time when you have to make your annual trip to the Post Office to buy stamps for the cards you want to dispatch to far-flung parts of the globe.

Teenage star picks up best newcomer prize

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Carey Mulligan's in a class of her own

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Women on the verge: Why 2009 is the year of the female film director

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