August 4, 2008
Newcomers Take on Big Stars for Movie Awards
Newcomers Gemma Arterton and Dakota Blue Richards will go head- to-head with Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman at this year's National Movie Awards.
Established stars nominated for best female performance include Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City), Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!) and Cate Blanchett (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), as well as Kidman (The Golden Compass) and Jolie (Wanted).
Richards, 14, from Brighton, has been shortlisted for her debut film performance as lead character Lyra in The Golden Compass.
The male performance category features Batman star Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Mike Myers (The Love Guru) and Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd).
Mamma Mia! stars Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are up for the award for their roles in the Abba film.
The winners of the National Movie Awards, hosted by and broadcast on ITV, are voted for by the public.
The awards, in their second year, take place at the Royal Festival Hall in London next month.
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