Actor-turned-director Rufus Norris has been appointed the new head of Britain's prestigious National Theatre in London. The Broken filmmaker will take over from Sir Nicholas Hytner when he steps down as the artistic director in 2015.
Newly-knighted Sir Kenneth Branagh was among the frontrunners for the top theatre job.
Norris comes with quite a pedigree on the world stage - his Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 2008 received five Tony Award nominations and he also created the opera Dr Dee with Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
He made his filmmaking debut in 2012 with Broken, which starred Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.
Responding to the news he is the National's new man, Norris says, "I'd like to think you can do this job and direct a movie a year alongside it - but clearly that's not the case. It's an enormous job."
The drama has scored nods in categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Debut Director for Rufus Norris, while Roth will compete for the Best Actor trophy and his two co-stars Cillian Murphy and Rory Kinnear will battle it out for the Best Supporting Actor prize.
Other movies competing for the top honour include ensemble comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Berberian Sound Studio, Sightseers, and The Imposter, while British rapper Plan B has earned a nod in the Best Debut Director category for his drama Ill Manors.
The star of Ill Manors, Riz Ahmed, is also nominated in the Best Actor category, along with Roth and Terence Stamp (Song for Marion), Steve Oram (Sightseers), and Toby Jones (Berberian Sound Studio).
Other big names in the running for awards include Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Vanessa Redgrave (Song for Marion), and Billy Connolly (Quartet).
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in London on 9 December (12).