BRITS HAIL 'SHAKESPEARE'
“Shakespeare In Love” dominated the nominations Monday for the 51st British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, earning 15 citations. The nominations include best picture, best director for John Madden, best actor for Joseph Fiennes and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow. The romantic comedy — which is up for 13 Oscar nominations as well — competes for best film against another period saga, the far more grim and violent “Elizabeth.” “Elizabeth,” starring Australian actress Cate Blanchett, is up for 12 awards, called “Baftas.” The winners will be announced April 11.
- Oscar front-runner “Saving Private Ryan” is competing for 10 Baftas, including best picture, best director for Steven Spielberg and best actor for Tom Hanks. Others in the race for best picture include “The Truman Show.” “Little Voice” stars Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine were nominated for best actress and best actor (despite being neglected in the Oscar line-up). Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn was also up for a Bafta award for her supporting performance in the same film. Lynn Redgrave was a nominee for best supporting actress for “Gods and Monsters,” but the film’s leading man — Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellen — was not named.