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Two Bafta nods for Kate Winslet


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Double Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet has two nominations for best actress at the British Academy Film Awards.

The 33-year-old star, a previous Bafta winner for Sense and Sensibility, has been nominated for her performances in Revolutionary Road and The Reader.

Slumdog Millionaire is also up for several prizes, including best film, best British film and best director.

"After so much time away it's wonderful to be recognised at home," said Danny Boyle, who shot the movie in India.

Jonathan Ross will host this year's ceremony, to be held at the Royal Opera House in London on 8 February.

slet in The Reader (left) and Revolutionary Road (right)

The main nominations were announced by The Duchess star Hayley Atwell and Bond girl Gemma Arterton at a morning ceremony at Bafta's London headquarters.

This is the second time Winslet has received two best actress Bafta nods in the same year, having been shortlisted in 2005 for Finding Neverland and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The actress was also nominated in 2002 for Iris and in 2007 for Little Children.

Winslet's competition, besides herself, includes fellow Briton Kristin Scott Thomas - nominated for the French film I've Loved You So Long - and Changeling star Angelina Jolie.

Meryl Streep is also shortlisted for her role in Doubt, which has also picked up supporting actor nominations for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

The late Heath Ledger joins Hoffman in the best supporting actor category, where Brad Pitt is also recognised for his comic turn in Burn After Reading.

The Duchess star Hayley Atwell and Bond girl Gemma Arterton reveal the nominees

Pitt is also up for best actor for his role as a man ageing backwards in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Newcomer Dev Patel is a surprise inclusion in this category for his part in Slumdog Millionaire.

The 18-year-old said he was "absolutely overwhelmed and delighted" by the nomination.

"To be nominated alongside Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke, Frank Langella and Sean Penn is unbelievably exciting and such a huge honour," he added.

Danny Boyle's film - about a young slum dweller who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? - has 11 nominations in total, as does Benjamin Button.

Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight - in which Ledger played the villainous Joker - follows with nine nominations, while Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood, is up for eight awards.

Frost/Nixon has received six nominations in all, while The Reader has five.

Surprisingly, though, there is nothing for Mike Leigh's comedy Happy-Go-Lucky or its Golden Globe-winning star, Sally Hawkins.


Slumdog Millionaire's other nominations include a best supporting actress nod for Indian actress Freida Pinto.

Tilda Swinton, who won this award last year for Michael Clayton, is again included for her work in Burn After Reading.

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Slumdog stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto are both up for awards
Hit Abba musical Mamma Mia! and Bobby Sands biopic Hunger are among the five titles up for the best British film award.

Dark comedy In Bruges is also shortlisted, as is Man on Wire - James Marsh's acclaimed film about the Frenchman who wire-walked between the Twin Towers in New York.

Animated documentaries Persepolis and Waltz with Bashir are shortlisted for both the foreign film and animated film awards.

They will compete in the latter category against Pixar hit Wall-E, which is also recognised for its music and sound.

"We've got three nominations so we're very excited and proud," said Pixar's John Lasseter on BBC Breakfast.

Latest Bond film Quantum of Solace gets two nominations, for its sound and visual effects.

Wallace and Gromit are in contention too, having been recognised in the short animation category for their latest adventure A Matter of Loaf and Death.


Elsewhere Mamma Mia! receives a nomination in the best music category for Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson's songs.

Eric Fellner of Working Title - producer of both Frost/Nixon and Burn After Reading - welcomed the nine nominations that the two films received.

"It's fantastic for the filmmakers to be recognised by their peers," he told the BBC News website.

"Bafta recognition is very important in the UK and can help a film enormously," he continued.

Frost/Nixon is up for best film, with additional nominations for director Ron Howard, writer Peter Morgan and actor Frank Langella.

However, Fellner admitted he was "surprised" that Langella's co-star Michael Sheen missed out on a best actor citation.

The Bafta nominations will be followed next week by the announcement of this year's Academy Award shortlists.

Fellner, though, remains cautious about his films' chances. "We're hopeful, but you never know what's going to happen," he said.

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