BBC Film's 25th Anniversary Reception held at BBC Radio 1.

Kenneth Branagh - ****File Photo** MARK RYLANCE has been nominated for an Olivier Award, less than 24 hours after winning an Oscar for BRIDGE OF SPIES. The 56-year-old actor has been in the industry since the 1980s but it has been the last few years that have seen him receive huge critical acclaim. After taking home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama at the ceremony on Sunday night (28Feb16), Mark has been recognised for his role in Farinelli And The King at the Duke of York's Theatre last September (15). He will have some tough competition if he's to take home a prestigious Olivier Award, however, as he is up against Kenneth Branagh for The Winter's Tale, Benedict Cumberbatch for Hamlet, Adrian Lester for Red Velvet and Kenneth Cranham for The Father. Leading the ladies' category is Nicole Kidman who, fresh off the back of taking home a WhatsOnStage theatre award earlier this month (Feb16), has been nominated for Best Actress for Photograph 51. Gemma Arterton is nominated in the same category for Nell Gwynn, while Janet McTeer, Denise Gough and Lia Williams are also up for the gong. Judi Dench received her 15th Olivier Award nomination, this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Winter's Tale, and is up against lesser known actresses Michele Dotrice, Melody Grove and Catherine Steadman in her category. In the Best Actor in a Supporting Role selection, Mark Gatiss will face off against Michael Pennington, Tom Sturridge and David Suchet. Meanwhile, Imelda Staunton also notched up another nod to add to her collection, receiving her 11th Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical thanks to her role in Gypsy. Tracie Bennett, Natalie Dew, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Emma Thompson's sister Sophie are also up for that prize, while David Haig will compete against Ian Bartholomew, Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Jamie Parker for Best Actor in a Musical. Gypsy proved one of the most popular shows recognised in this year's nomi - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th March 2015 (1 Picture)


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