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Mamma Mia! leads film award nods

Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep has been nominated for her role in the musical film

Mamma Mia!, The Golden Compass and St Trinian's lead the field for the National Movie Awards, picking up four nominations each.

Teen actress Dakota Blue Richards is up for best female alongside her Golden Compass co-star Nicole Kidman.

Mamma Mia! cohorts Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are up for Best Male for their roles in the Abba musical film.

The winners, voted for by the public, will be unveiled in London next month in a ceremony screened on ITV1.

Newcomer Gemma Arterton, who beat 1,500 hopefuls to land a part in the forthcoming James Bond film, is also up for best female for her performance as head girl Kelly in St Trinian's.

Superhero hopefuls

Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Meryl Streep are also in the running for the award.

Among the 14 actors shortlisted for best male are Will Smith, Ben Barnes, Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.

Kung Fu Panda and Wall-E feature in the best family category nominations.

Iron Man, Hancock, Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk make it into the Superhero category.

Competing for the action award is I Am Legend, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor and Wanted.

The first National Movie Awards ceremony took place last year.

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