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‘The Constant Gardner’ Leads BAFTAS Nominations

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Jan 19, 2006 | 9:16am EST

The Constant Gardener is leading the pack ahead of next month's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards after picking up 10 nominations.

Rachel Weisz, who won the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Golden Globe on Monday, is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the adaptation of Graham Greene's novel, while Ralph Fiennes is up for Actor in a Leading Role and filmmaker Fernando Meirelles is put forward for the David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction.

Hot on the heels of The Constant Gardener are gay cowboy heartbreaker Brokeback Mountain and politically charged Crash, which have both received nine nominations for the Feb. 19 awards ceremony.

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee is nominated for the David Lean Award, and his stars Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams have all received recognition for their performances.

Hit British movie Pride and Prejudice has been named in six BAFTA categories including British Film of the Year and Actress in a Supporting Role for Brenda Blethyn's scene-stealing performance.

George Clooney is up for two awards—Actor in a Supporting Role for Syriana and Achievement in Direction for his handling of Good Night, And Good Luck—which has scooped six nominations.

Oscars favorites and Walk the Line co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon have both been nominated for their acclaimed acting in the Johnny Cash biopic, while Chinese beauty Ziyi Zhang is up for the Actress in a Leading Role BAFTA for her star turn in the big screen version of Arthur Golden's best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

The partial list of nominees is as follows:

Best Film:

Brokeback Mountain

Capote 

The Constant Gardener

Crash

Good Night, And Good Luck

The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year:

A Cock and Bull Story

The Constant Gardener

Festival

Pride and Prejudice

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film:

David Belton (Producer)--Shooting Dogs

Peter Fudakowski (Producer)--Tsotsi

Annie Griffin (Director/Writer)—Festival

Richard Hawkins (Director)--Everything

Joe Wright (Director)--Pride and Prejudice

The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction:

Brokeback Mountain--Ang Lee

Capote--Bennett Miller

The Constant Gardener--Fernando Meirelles

Crash--Paul Haggis

Good Night, And Good Luck--George Clooney

Best Original Screenplay:

Cinderella Man--Cliff Hollingsworth/Akiva Goldsman

Crash--Paul Haggis/Bobby Moresco

Good Night, And Good Luck--George Clooney/Grant Heslov

Hotel Rwanda--Keir Pearson/Terry George

Mrs. Henderson Presents--Martin Sherman

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Brokeback Mountain--Larry Mcmurtry/Diana Ossana

Capote--Dan Futterman

The Constant Gardener--Jeffrey Caine

A History of Violence--Josh Olson

Pride and Prejudice--Deborah Moggach

Best Film Not in the English Language:

De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped)

Le Grand Voyage

Kung Fu Hustle

Joyeux Noël

Tsotsi

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

David Strathairn--Good Night, And Good Luck

Heath Ledger--Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix--Walk the Line

Philip Seymour Hoffman--Capote

Ralph Fiennes--The Constant Gardener

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Charlize Theron--North Country

Judi Dench--Mrs. Henderson Presents

Rachel Weisz--The Constant Gardener

Reese Witherspoon--Walk the Line

Ziyi Zhang--Memoirs of a Geisha

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Don Cheadle--Crash

George Clooney--Good Night, And Good Luck

George Clooney--Syriana

Jake Gyllenhaal--Brokeback Mountain

Matt Dillon--Crash

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Brenda Blethyn--Pride and Prejudice

Catherine Keener--Capote

Frances Mcdormand--North Country

Michelle Williams--Brokeback Mountain

Thandie Newton--Crash

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