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).

Arterton, 22, who beat 1,500 hopefuls to land a part in the forthcoming James Bond film, is also up for best female for her performance as head girl Kelly in St Trinian's.

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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