Theatre, Film and TV

Nominations announced for National Film Awards 2015

Jan 19, 2015

The nominations for the National Film Awards 2015 have been announced, with a host of Curtis Brown talent featuring on the short-list.

Electricity, directed by Bryn Higgins is up for best screenplay. The film, based on the novel by Ray Robinson, stars Agyness Deyn as a young woman who suffers from epilepsy who chooses to leave her familiar north eastern seaside home to search for her brother in London.

Hossein Amini’s debut feature, Two Faces of January, has been nominated for best thriller. Written and directed by Hossein, the Patricia Highsmith adaptation stars Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen who are on the run after killing a private detective in Athens.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carré, is also up for best thriller. The film, directed by Anton Corbijn and adapted by Andrew Bovell, was released last September and was Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film.

Inbetweeners 2, written and directed by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley has been nominated for best comedy, after enjoying record-breaking success at the box office on release. The two of the film's stars, James Buckley and Simon Bird, have also received best actor nominations for their performances in the feature.

Cuban Fury written by Jon Brown has also been nominated for best comedy. Nick Frost stars as out of practice salsa prodigy who tries to whip himself into shape 22 years after hanging up his ballroom shoes. Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Colman also star.

Ben Aston’s Dinner and a Movie is also up for best short film. The film is a heart-warming dramady about love, life and prison dating websites... Ben’s recent short Russian Roulette is currently in the Sundance Film Festival 2015.

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been nominated for best actress for her lead role in Belle. Gugu landed her first major feature film with Larry Crowne in 2011 and has since starred in Odd Thomas, before going on to play Dido Belle in Belle. Most recently, she took on the role of Noni in Beyond The Lights. Mbatha-Raw has also acted in Spooks, Dr Who and Fallout, and has appeared on stage as Ophelia opposite Jude Law’s Hamlet.

Dorothy Atkinson has also been nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal as the reclusive housekeeper Hannah Danby in Mike Leigh's Mr Turner. Dorothy also received a nomination at the British Independent Film Awards for this breakthrough performance opposite Timothy Spall. Dorothy will soon be seen in ITV thriller Code of a Killer and at Christmas starred in Victoria Wood's musical drama That Day we Sang. 

This year’s first annual National Film Awards 2015 for the UK will take place in London on the 31st of March.