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Literary adaptations lead Evening Standard award nominations

19th January 2012

The nominations for the Evening Standard British Film Awards have been announced, with adaptations of works by John le Carre, Charlotte Bronte and Lionel Shriver leading the list of candidates.

Last year's acclaimed version of Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is in contention for the best film award, with Gary Oldman also nominated for the best actor gong for his performance as George Smiley.

Oldman will go up against Michael Fassbender, whose portrayal of Mr Rochester in Bronte's Jane Eyre garnered significant critical acclaim, while Kenneth Branagh has been shortlisted for his role in the adaptation of Colin Clark's My Week with Marilyn.

The adaptation of Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin also has a best film nod, with Tilda Swinton nominated in the best actress category for her performance as Kevin's mother Eva.

Swinton will be in competition with veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave, who has been nominated for her portrayal of Volumnia in Ralph Fiennes' new version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus.

Literary adaptations also dominate the nominations for the coveted London Film Museum award for technical achievement, with We Need to Talk About Kevin's sound design, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy's production design, Wuthering Heights' cinematography and Jane Eyre's costume design all garnering nods.

The 39th annual Evening Standard British Film Awards will be hosted by actor Stephen Mangan at the London Film Museum on February 6th.

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