Serkis 'blown away' by Bafta nod
Published 21/01/2010 | 12:43
Andy Serkis said he was "totally blown away" to be shortlisted for a Best Actor Bafta, describing his nomination as a fitting tribute to late singer and songwriter Ian Dury.
The British star - who has been lauded for embodying Dury in the biopic Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll - is vying against Hollywood big hitter George Clooney among others for the coveted prize.
The 45-year-old actor said in a statement that he was "just totally blown away!"
He said: "The whole experience of making this film with such amazingly talented, articulate, honest people has been a joy, and to get this nomination is not only a great thrill for all of us involved, but a fitting a tribute at a time that we mark the 10 year anniversary of the passing of the magnificent man himself, the unique Ian Dury."
Serkis is up against Clooney for Up In The Air, Colin Firth for A Single Man, Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker and Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart.
The Baftas will take place on February 21 at London's Royal Opera House.