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Tuesday, 5 November, 2002, 10:18 GMT
Paltrow up for theatre prize
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was a relative newcomer to the stage
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been nominated for an award for her West End debut in Proof at London's Donmar Warehouse.

The performance - which saw her reunited with Shakespeare In Love director John Madden in a theatre run by American Beauty director Sam Mendes - earned her rave reviews.

It has now won her a nomination for best actress at the Evening Standard Theatre awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Tearful: Paltrow is famed for her tearful Oscar acceptance speech

Paltrow, who won an Oscar in 1999 for her starring role in Shakespeare in Love, is one of a host of Hollywood stars to tread the boards in the West End this year - including Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan.

But she is the only one to make it onto this year's shortlist.

David Auburn's Proof saw her star as a gifted daughter who does not know whether she has inherited the mental problems of her mathematical genius father.

A tearful Paltrow - whose performance critics described as "compelling" and "flawless" - was given a standing ovation from the audience on her opening night.

Capable

Sam Mendes
American Beauty director Mendes runs the Donmar Warehouse

Paltrow is up against British actress Helen McCrory, for her role as Yelena in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Donmar, and Clare Higgins, who played Ursula in the National Theatre's production of Vincent in Brixton.

The nominations also see Sam Mendes - Kate Winslet's partner - up for best director for Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night at the Donmar.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams is nominated for a gong, too - going head-to-head with The Full Monty and Gershwin's My One and Only for best musical.

As well as her acting being under the spotlight, Paltrow is also being scrutinised over her love-life.

Despite publicly declaring that British men never ask her out, she is reportedly dating Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Martin is said to have admitted that the pair had been on a secret night out at the weekend.

The Evening Standard Theatre awards will take place on November 25 and will be broadcast by Carlton on November 28.

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