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Thursday, January 14, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT


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Footballer-turned-film star Vinnie Jones joins Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Nigel Hawthorne in the nominations for an acting award from London critics.

The threesome are among eight stars in the running for best British actor in a supporting role in the ALFS - the London Critics Circle Awards.

Queens Park Rangers player-coach Jones was given the nod for his part in gangster movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which has six nominations.

Elizabeth and John Boorman's The General also gained six nominations, but Ken Loach's My Name Is Joe has seven.

[ image: Sir Nigel Hawthorne: Competing with Vinnie Jones]
Sir Nigel Hawthorne: Competing with Vinnie Jones
Sir Anthony is nominated for his parts in Amistad, The Mask of Zorro and The Edge while Sir Nigel is mentioned for his role in The Object Of My Affection.

Hotly-tipped Oscar contenders Shakespeare In Love and Little Voice do not feature in the awards as they were not released in the UK in 1998.

Battling it out instead for British film of the year are The Butcher Boy, My Name Is Joe, Elizabeth, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and My Name Is Joe.

Internationally, Boogie Nights, The Ice Storm, Saving Private Ryan, Titanic and The Truman Show are nominated for best film.

[ image: Gwyneth Paltrow: Nominated for best actress]
Gwyneth Paltrow: Nominated for best actress
Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Hunt are among the names in the best actress list, while Helena Bonham-Carter and Kate Winslet are recognised in the best British actress category.

There will also be special awards for special and lifetime achievements at the ceremony, which will be held on 4 March at the Dorchester Hotel, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Last year's ceremony attracted Shine star Geoffrey Rush, Kevin Spacey and Martin Scorcese.

The nominations in full are:

British film of the year
The Butcher Boy; Elizabeth; The General; Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; My Name Is Joe.

Film of the year
Boogie Nights; The Ice Storm; Saving Private Ryan; Titanic; The Truman Show.

British actor of the year
Brendan Gleeson (The General); John Hurt (Love and Death on Long Island); Sir Derek Jacobi (Love Is The Devil); Peter Mullan (My Name Is Joe); Bill Nighy (Still Crazy).

Actor of the year
Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan); Robert Duvall (The Apostle); Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan); Kevin Kline (The Ice Storm, In And Out); Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets).

British actress of the year
Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings Of The Dove); Julie Christie (Afterglow); Minnie Driver (The Governess); Louise Goodall (My Name Is Joe); Kristin Scott Thomas (The Horse Whisperer); Kate Winslet (Titanic); Catherine Zeta Jones (The Mask Of Zorro).

Actress of the year
Joan Allen (The Ice Storm); Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth); Gwyneth Paltrow (Sliding Doors, Great Expectation, A Perfect Murder); Pam Grier (Jackie Brown); Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets).

[ image: Sir Anthony Hopkins: Had three hits in 1998]
Sir Anthony Hopkins: Had three hits in 1998
British actor in a supporting role
Daniel Craig (Love Is The Devil); Christopher Ecclestone (Elizabeth); Joseph Fiennes (Elizabeth); Sir Nigel Hawthorne (The Object Of My Affection); Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Mask Of Zorro, Amistad, The Edge); Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels); Adrian Lester (Primary Colors); Rufus Sewell (Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence).

British Actress in a Supporting Role
Kate Beckinsale (The Last Days Of Disco); Kathy Burke (Dancing at Lughnasa, Elizabeth); Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting); Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, Mrs Dalloway, Ronin); Miranda Richardson (The Apostle).

British director of the year
John Boorman (The General); Neil Jordan (Butcher Boy); Ken Loach (My Name Is Joe); Iain Softley (The Wings Of The Dove); Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

Director of the year
James Cameron (Titanic); Michael Haneke (Funny Games); Ang Lee (The Ice Storm); Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan); Peter Weir (The Truman Show).

British newcomer of the year
Peter Howitt (writer/director of Sliding Doors); Jonathan Rhys Meyers (actor - Velvet Goldmine, The Disappearance of Finbar, The Governess); Peter Mullan (actor - My Name Is Joe); Eamonn Owens (actor - The Butcher Boy, The General); Guy Ritchie (writer/director Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

British screenwriter of the year
Hossein Amini (The Wings Of The Dove); John Boorman (The General); Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy); Paul Laverty (My Name Is Joe); Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

Screenwriter of the year
Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski); Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting); Neil LaBute (In The Company Of Men); Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, Gattaca); James Schamus (The Ice Storm).

British producer of the year
John Boorman (The General); Philippa Braithwaite (Sliding Doors); Stephen Evans and David Parfitt (The Wings Of The Dove); Rebecca O'Brien (My Name Is Joe); Alison Owen, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Elizabeth); Matthew Vaughn (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).

Foreign language film of the year
Character, Funny Games, Le Bossu, Live Flesh, Shall We Dance.

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