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Momentum Pictures racks up 22 BAFTA nominations

19 January 2011

Momentum Pictures, an Alliance Films company, is proud to announce a total of 22 nominations in this year’s BAFTA awards, the most of any UK distributor.

Leading the pack with 14 awards is THE KING’S SPEECH with the following nominations; Best Film, Best Outstanding British Film, Best Director – Tom Hooper, Best Leading Actor – Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress – Helena Bonham Carter, Best Supporting Actor – Geoffrey Rush, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound and Best Make Up and Hair.  THE KING’S SPEECH was released in UK cinemas on 7 January and to date has grossed £11.3m and continues to play to sold out audiences across the country.

THE FIGHTER, the powerful and touching true story of underdog boxer Micky Ward, has received three nominations; Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale and Best Original Screenplay.  THE FIGHTER has grossed $66m at the box office in North America and opens across the UK and Ireland on 2 February.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is the first in Stieg Larsson’s incendiary trilogy and has received three nominations; Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Leading Actress – Noomi Rapace and Best Adapted Screenplay.  A truly international hit, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO grossed £2.2m in UK cinemas.

Mike Leigh’s ANOTHER YEAR has received two nominations; Best Outstanding British Film and Best Supporting Actress – Lesley Manville.  Since its international premiere at the Cannes film festival, ANOTHER YEAR received critical acclaim and grossed £1.6m at the UK box office.

Xavier Marchand, Managing Director of Momentum Pictures commented, “We would like to congratulate all our BAFTA nominees this year.  Such recognition from their peers is a credit to their talent and professionalism.  The diversity of these films also underlines the breadth of subject that Momentum Pictures offers to cinema goers.  We are privileged to be working with such accomplished film-makers.”


Comments from the film-makers:

Georgina Lowe, producer of ANOTHER YEAR
“We are delighted and honoured for everyone involved with making ANOTHER YEAR that we’ve been nominated for Best Outstanding British Film.  Our film features a wonderfully talented cast, and we’re really pleased that Lesley Manville has been recognised for her astounding and unforgettable performance.”

Mike Leigh, director of ANOTHER YEAR
“I’m very pleased by our nomination for Best Outstanding British Film.”

Soren Staermose, producer of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
“It is outstanding for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO - a Swedish language film to get 3 BAFTA Nominations in an English speaking territory. It is a dream for a producer and everyone heavily involved (especially Yellow Bird and Momentum Pictures) to make a film that has been so well received and earned these highly esteemed nominations. I think Stieg Larsson would have loved the BAFTA Nominations.”

Noomi Rapace, nominated for Best Leading Actress for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
“I am so excited about my first BAFTA nomination. To be recognized alongside such powerful performances by such extraordinary actresses is truly an honour. I’m so grateful to Niels Arden Oplev for this incredible experience and I share this nomination with this incomparable cast and crew.”

Geoffrey Rush, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for THE KING’S SPEECH
“The international response to ‘The King's Speech’ has been overwhelming and to be crowned with a nomination from the film's home turf by the British Academy makes it all that much more special.  In the film, my character jokes that he wouldn't mind a knighthood - a nomination from the British Academy, I think is better.”

Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for THE KING’S SPEECH
“I’m thrilled to get a BAFTA nomination.”

Tom Hooper, nominated for Best Director for THE KING’S SPEECH
“I am thrilled and excited by the 14 BAFTA nominations for 'The King's Speech'.  It is a great honour for all the cast, my UK crew and the entire team and we couldn't be happier.  Thank you, BAFTA!”

Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, producers of THE KING’S SPEECH
“We have been overwhelmed by the public's reaction to our film and to now get 14 nominations from BAFTA is an incredible honour.  As producers, to bring together such an incredible ensemble of revered actors was beyond our wildest dreams and so it is wonderful to see nominations for Colin, Geoffrey and Helena.  Given the challenges of being a British independent film, Tom Hooper and our crew worked tirelessly to do justice to David Seidler's script and so it's a special day seeing them recognised with nominations for this year's awards.”

Gareth Unwin, producer of THE KING’S SPEECH
"What amazing news to wake up to!  We are so proud to see the film recognised to this level by the British Academy."


About Momentum Pictures and Alliance Films

Alliance Films, Inc. is one of the top five international independent filmed entertainment companies in the world. A leading multinational distributor, co-financier and producer of filmed entertainment, its member companies, Alliance Films and Alliance VivaFilm (Canada); Momentum Pictures (UK) and Aurum Productions (Spain), offer integrated delivery of content in all media.

Strategic partnerships includes exclusive distribution rights with Relativity Media in Canada and UK, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, CBS Films and Newmarket Films in Canada, as well as ongoing relationships with Summit, FilmNation, Newmarket, Exclusive Media, IM Global, Mandate, Wild Bunch, Constantin Films, EuropaCorp and Nu Image in all 3 territories.

On the production front, strategic partnerships include: a feature film co-production and acquisitions deal with Italy’s Medusa Film; a first-look deal with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films, which yielded the lauded feature THE KING'S SPEECH; the production joint venture with IM Global, Automatik run by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones; and a five-picture deal with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY producers Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider with upcoming titles that include Barry Levinson’s THE BAY and James Wan’s INSIDIOUS.