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Mirren: Hitchcock role 'wonderful'

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:50

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Dame Helen Mirren has a Bafta nod for her Hitchcock role

Dame Helen Mirren has welcomed news of her Bafta acting nomination

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The British star said she was "delighted" to have been recognised in the Best Actress category for her performance as Alma Reville in Hitchcock.

She said: "This was a wonderful role, Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock's wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her."

Tim Bevan, who produced nominated films Les Miserables and Anna Karenina, said "It's a very nice day for (film production company) Working Title to have so many nominations across two films."

He said he was disappointed for Les Miserables film-maker Hooper, Anna Karenina star Keira Knightley and the film's director Joe Wright, who didn't make the shortlist. He said of Les Miserables: "We're very proud of the film. We're somewhat surprised that Tom Hooper wasn't in the list for director."

Tom Hooper himself said he was thrilled for Les Mis stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. He said: "I'm thrilled to see Hugh being Bafta-nominated. He really carried this picture from first round to the last, and gives it an incredible emotional through line.

"I was staggered when I worked with him, the understanding of the human condition that he brought particularly to the older years of Jean Valjean. He's only in his early 40s and doesn't have the life experience of this character and when he gets to the end of the film and his declining days, his understanding of that moment is so powerful. I'm really pleased to see him honoured.

"With Anne, this song she sings - I Dreamed A Dream - continues to knock people out. People keep being amazed by her performance and having such strong emotional reactions to it. She's so gifted and people weep for the character."

But he laughed off his own failure to be nominated for Best Director, saying: "I am definitely disappointed but I am consoled that Steven Spielberg woke up to the same news this morning. I feel like I'm in good company if I'm with him."

Skyfall producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: "We are absolutely thrilled Skyfall has received eight nominations from the British Academy. We thank everybody who has voted for Skyfall and all those who have contributed to the film's continuing success."

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