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Postlethwaithe nominated for posthumous BAFTA honour


Pete Postlethwaite: died last month after a battle with cancer

Pete Postlethwaite: died last month after a battle with cancer

Pete Postlethwaite: died last month after a battle with cancer

Actor Pete Postlethwaite has been posthumously nominated for best supporting actor at the BAFTAs.

The late star, who is best know for his role as Giuseppe Conlon in 'In The Name Of The Father', is nominated for what was one of his last roles, as an Irish florist in gangster film 'The Town' alongside Ben Affleck.

'The King's Speech' is expected to reign at the BAFTAs after topping the nominations list for the film awards.

The story of King George VI's attempt to overcome his stutter is in the running for the most coveted prizes, including best film and director as well as best actor for Colin Firth, at next month's ceremony.

Firth's co-stars, Geoffrey Rush, who plays the monarch's speech therapist, and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, are nominated in the supporting actor and actress categories. News of the film's 14 nominations follows disappointment at the Golden Globes, where the royal drama, directed by Tom Hooper, took only one -- Firth won best actor -- of the seven awards it had been contending for.

'Black Swan', a psychological thriller set in the world of ballet, is just behind 'The King's Speech' with 12 nominations, including best film, best director for Darren Aronofsky and best actress for Natalie Portman. One of Portman's rivals is 14-year-old former unknown Hailee Steinfeld -- the US teenager won the part in the Coen brothers Western, 'True Grit', following an open casting call.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore ('The Kids Are All Right'), and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace ('The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo') are also up for best actress.


In the best director category, 'Black Swan' and 'The King's Speech' are up against 'Slumdog Millionaire' filmmaker Danny Boyle for rock-climbing drama '127 Hours', Christopher Nolan for his thriller 'Inception', and David Fincher for 'The Social Network', about the founding of Facebook.

'Inception', starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has nine nominations, '127 Hours' and 'True Grit' are in eight categories, and 'The Social Network', which dominated the Golden Globes, is up for six gongs.

The ceremony will be hosted on February 13 by Jonathan Ross.

Irish Independent