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|Billy Bags Eleven Bafta Nominations
- Hit British film faces competition from Hollywood hotshots
ACCLAIMED Brit-flick Billy Elliot scooped eleven nominations for the British film awards, the Bafta's, yesterday.
Billy Elliot is up for Best Film, while its teen star Jason Bell, who played the lead role about a working-class boy's struggle to be a ballet dancer, is up for the Best Actor Award. His co-stars Julie Walters and Gary Lewis are nominated for the Best Actress and Actor in a Supporting Role. Erstwhile Royal Court theatre director Stephen Daldry landed nominations for Best Director and Best Newcomer.
However, Bell faces stiff competition from the cream of the Hollywood A-List such as Tom Hanks for his role in Castaway and Michael Douglas for Wonder Boys. And stakes are equally as high in the best film category, which sees Billy Elliot up against Ridley Scott's Roman epic Gladiator, Cameron Crowe's 70s rock flick Almost Famous, Erin Brockovich and the UK's highest grossing foreign film, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Other nominees include Julia Roberts and Goldie Hawn progeny Kate Hudson for Best Actress, while Quills star Geoffrey Rush and Gladiator's Russell Crowe are among those battling it out for Best Actor. The late, great, Oliver Reed is posthumously nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gladiator, the only Bafta nomination of his career.
The awards will be hosted by Stephen Fry and are set to take place at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 25.