Thursday, January 15, 2009
'Slumdog' leads field for British Academy awards
Underdog favorite "Slumdog Millionaire" picked up 11 nominations for the British Academy film awards, Britain's version of the Oscars.
The British-Indian film about a Mumbai street boy's rise to game-show glory was nominated in six major categories including best picture, best actor for Dev Patel and best director for Danny Boyle. It also took several design nominations. Double Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet is nominated twice in the best-actress category, for "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road."
The winners will be announced Feb. 8. The British awards, known as BAFTAS, are considered an important indicator of success at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles two weeks later. - AP