SEVEN OSCAR® NOMINATIONS FOR BBC
London, Friday 23rd January 2009
Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates picked up an impressive three Oscar nominations today - Michael Shannon as Best Supporting Actor, Achievement in Art Direction (Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt) and Achievement in Costume Design (Albert Wolsky), to add to Kate Winslet's Golden Globe win as Best Actress. Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt and Albert Wolsky are all BAFTA nominees as well.
Based on the book by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is the heart-rending tale of thwarted passion and the search for fulfilment opens across the UK on January 30. Producers are Scott Rudin, John N. Hart, Sam Mendes, and Bobby Cohen. Revolutionary Road is released on DVD and Blu-Ray 15/06/2009.
James Marsh's double Sundance 2008 winner Man On Wire added a Best Documentary Feature Oscar nomination to its two BAFTA nominations. A feature length documentary produced by Wall to Wall in association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, BBC Storyville and the UK Film Council, the producer is Simon Chinn. Man On Wire is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now.
Saul Dibb's best performing independent film at the UK Box Office in 2008, The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes was nominated in two categories - Achievement in Costume Design/Michael O'Connor, also a BAFTA nominee and Achievement in Art Direction (Michael Carlin/Rebecca Alleway). The Duchess will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 16/03/2009.
And last, but by no means least, is a nomination in the Best Animated Short Film category for This Way Up, directed by Smith and Foulkes at London-based animation studio Nexus - a clever and funny animated short co-produced by BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Film Network, commissioned under the BBC Comedy Shorts scheme. Producers are Charlotte Bavasso and Christopher O'Reilly, Nexus Productions.