Oscar nominations put spotlight on UK talent

The UK’s status as a leading global production base has been further highlighted by this year’s Academy Award nominations. UK films and talent received a total of 40 nominations, with British infrastructure, actors, creative talent and visual effects all gaining recognition.

UK produced films featured prominently in the Best Motion Picture category, with Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything and UK/US co-production title The Imitation Game both receiving nominations. The British acting talent featured in the films did not go unnoticed either, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne both gaining Best Actor in a Leading Role nominations for their starring roles. There were also nominations for The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones in the Best Actress in a Leading Role category and The Imitation Game’s Keira Knightly in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category. Recognition of UK acting talent did not stop there; Rosamund Pike was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Gone Girl.

The UK has gained a reputation for world-class filmmaking, and the Academy duly paid homage with a host of nominations. Brits Roger Deakins and Dick Pope were both nominated for the Achievement in Cinematography award for their work on Unbroken and the UK shot Mr Turner, while elsewhere, Costume Designer Anna B. Sheppard was nominated for her work on the UK produced Maleficent, one of 2014’s biggest box office successes. Mr Turner’s Jacqueline Durran was also nominated in the same category, while Barney Pilling was nominated for Best Film Editing for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

UK talent continued to be well represented throughout the filmmaking categories, with Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White being nominated for the Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling award for Guardians of the Galaxy, which shot at the UK’s Shepperton Studios and Longcross Studios, and was 2014’s biggest film at the US box office. It will also come as no surprise to anybody who saw the visually arresting UK produced Into the Woods that Set Decorator Anna Pinnock was nominated for the Achievement in Production Design award.

The UK’s industry leading VFX houses were also recognised with Achievement in Visual Effects nominations for Framestore’s Jonathan Fawkner and Double Negative’s Paul Franklin and Andrew Lockley for their work on Guardians of the Galaxy and Interstellar respectively. The UK’s musical talent was also celebrated, with Composer Gary Yershon nominated for his score for Mr Turner.

The UK’s nominees will have to wait until 22 February to find out their fate, with the 87th Academy Awards being held at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. Whatever the outcome, the nominations are testament to the hugely successful year that the UK film industry has enjoyed.