Surrey actress Dame Judi Dench makes Bafta history with Philomena nomination - and then there’s the Oscars 2014!

PUBLISHED: 13:24 24 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 January 2014

Dame Judi Dench with Steve Coogan in Philomena

Dame Judi Dench with Steve Coogan in Philomena


Outwood resident Dame Judi Dench set a Bafta record with her 15th acting nomination, when she was named in this year’s best actress category for her leading role in the film Philomena.

Now one ahead of Meryl Streep, she faces competition from Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Amy Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Emma Thompson for Saving Mr Banks.

“I’m very proud to be associated with this film and I thank Bafta voters for the nomination. I’m honoured and thrilled to be in such fine company,” Dame Judi, who has previously won six Baftas, told the BBC.

Also flying the flag for Surrey cinema is Gravity, which was shot at Shepperton and Pinewood Studios, and leads the way with 11 nominations.

The Bafta winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday February 16.

There are yet more opportunities for success on the horizon at the 86th Academy Awards, with Dame Judi, Philomena and Gravity all nominated across the categories.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

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