Meryl Streep gets Bafta nomination for 'The Iron Lady'


Sherna Noah
Tuesday 17 January 2012 09:12

Meryl Streep has continued her awards run while silent film The Artist and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy have been showered with nominations at this year's Baftas.

The Iron Lady is up for only four prizes, including best actress for Golden Globe winner Streep for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher and supporting actor for Jim Broadbent as Denis.

Despite being shunned at the Golden Globes, Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has 11 Orange British Academy Film Award nods, including best film, director, British film and leading actor for Gary Oldman.

Black and white silent film The Artist is the frontrunner, cementing its reputation as an awards heavyweight with 12 nominations, competing for best film, director, leading actress (Berenice Bejo) and actor (Jean Dujardin).

Hugo, Martin Scorsese's first children's film, has nine nominations, including best director.

My Week With Marilyn has six and The Help - set in the early 1960s racially-segregated American South - and War Horse are each nominated five times.

In the competitive best actress category, Streep - who is tipped for Oscar glory for her role as the former British prime minister - is up against Michelle Williams for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe and Tilda Swinton for her role as the mother of a killer in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

Argentinian actress Berenice Bejo is in the running for The Artist alongside US star Viola Davis for The Help.

Oldman's leading actor rivals at the awards, the biggest event in the British film calendar, include heartthrobs Brad Pitt for Moneyball and George Clooney for The Descendants.

Irish-German star Michael Fassbender is up for leading actor for Shame, the movie about sex addiction, and French actor Jean Dujardin is nominated for The Artist.

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Artist compete for the top prize of best film with The Help, comedy The Descendants and crime thriller Drive.

Drive's Carey Mulligan is up for supporting actress, competing with Dame Judi Dench for My Week With Marilyn.

US stars Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who are both in The Help, are also nominated.

The supporting actor category pits Broadbent against Kenneth Branagh for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides Of March), Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) are also nominated.

Scottish film-maker Lynne Ramsay is the British name up for best director, for We Need To Talk About Kevin, against Scorsese for Hugo, and the filmmakers behind The Artist, Drive, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy producer Tim Bevan said of the nomination: "Any film is the vision of a director, and that's particularly so with this movie, so Tomas Alfredson deserves the accolade."

Bevan said he was not disappointed that the film had not done better at award ceremonies in the US.

He said: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a particularly British cultural phenomenon. It's great that it's being recognised at the Baftas but that it hasn't at the Golden Globes is not surprising."

He said of his competition: "The Artist seems to be the film with the momentum, and rightly so.

"It's been an okay year but not a brilliant year for movies, and The Artist defines what cinema should be. It's brave, different, it's got a great shot."

Hosted by Stephen Fry, the awards take place on Sunday February 12 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

The British debut category this year sees Black Pond, the film featuring the return of disgraced actor Chris Langham, nominated for an award.

Others in the category are Attack The Block, which is Joe Cornish's comedy about an alien invasion on a council estate, Corolianus, Ralph Fiennes's first-time film as a director, Submarine by The IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade, and Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur.

George Harrison's widow Olivia was said to be "delighted" that George Harrison: Living In The Material World, which she helped to produce, had been nominated in the documentary category.

The documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, is in the running along with Senna, about the late Brazilian motor racing legend, and Project Nim, a documentary about a 1970s social experiment involving a chimp.

Here are the nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards:

(Click here to view our gallery of this year's nominees)

:: Best Film:

The Artist

The Descendants


The Help

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

:: Outstanding British Film:

My Week With Marilyn



Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

We Need To Talk About Kevin

:: Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer:

Attack The Block - Joe Cornish (director/writer)

Black Pond - Will Sharpe (director/writer), Tom Kingsley (director), Sarah Brocklehurst (producer)

Coriolanus - Ralph Fiennes (director)

Submarine - Richard Ayoade (director/writer)

Tyrannosaur - Paddy Considine (director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (producer)

:: Foreign language film:




A Separation

The Skin I Live In

:: Director:

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn

Hugo - Martin Scorsese

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tomas Alfredson

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay

:: Leading actor:

Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

George Clooney - The Descendants

Jean Dujardin - The Artist

Michael Fassbender - Shame

:: Leading actress:

Berenice Bejo - The Artist

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn

Tilda Swinton - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Viola Davis - The Help

:: Supporting actor:

Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Jim Broadbent - The Iron Lady

Jonah Hill - Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn

Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides Of March

:: Supporting actress:

Carey Mulligan - Drive

Jessica Chastain - The Help

Judi Dench - My Week With Marilyn

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer - The Help

:: Documentary:

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

Project Nim


:: Animated film:

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

Arthur Christmas


:: Original screenplay:

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig

The Guard - John Michael McDonagh

The Iron Lady - Abi Morgan

Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen

:: Adapted screenplay:

The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

The Help - Tate Taylor

The Ides Of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon

Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

:: Original music:

The Artist

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

:: Cinematography:

The Artist

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

:: Editing:

The Artist




Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

:: Production design:

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

:: Costume design:

The Artist


Jane Eyre

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

:: Make up & hair:

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2


The Iron Lady

My Week With Marilyn

:: Sound:

The Artist

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

:: Special visual effects:

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

War Horse

:: Short animation:


Bobby Yeah

A Morning Stroll

:: Short film:


Mwansa The Great

Only Sound Remains

Pitch Black Heist

Two And Two

:: The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award (previously announced, and voted by the public)

Adam Deacon

Chris Hemsworth

Chris O'Dowd

Eddie Redmayne

Tom Hiddleston


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