Triple Golden Globe winner Slumdog Millionaire is leading the way in the Evening Standard British film awards with three nominations.

Danny Boyle is well placed to follow up recognition in Hollywood after being named in the best director category, while lead actor Dev Patel is included in the nominations for best newcomer and Mark Digby receives a nod for technical achievement.

But the movie, about a boy from the slums of Mumbai (Patel) recounting his life story after getting to the last question on the Hindi version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, misses out on the best film category, which will be contested by Frost/Nixon, Hunger and Unrelated.

Kate Winslet, who won two Golden Globes this week for best actress and best supporting actress is nominated in the best actress category in the Evening Standard awards for both The Reader and Revolutionary Road.

The winners in the awards, which have been running since 1973, will be announced on February 2nd.

Evening Standard British film award nominations in full:

Best film
Frost/Nixon
Hunger
Unrelated

Best director
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Stephen Daldry (The Reader)
Lenny Abrahamson (Garage)

Best actor
Michael Fassbender (Hunger)
Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon)
Pat Shortt (Garage)

Best actress
Samantha Morton (Mister Lonely)
Tilda Swinton (Julia)
Kate Winslet (The Reader, Revolutionary Road)

Technical achievement
Roger Deakins (cinematographer of No Country For Old Men, In The Valley Of Elah, The Reader)
Mark Digby (production designer of Slumdog Millionaire)
Joe Walker (editor of Hunger and The Escapist)

Best screenplay
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
Mark O'Halloran (Garage)
Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon)

Most promising newcomer
Joanna Hogg (director, Unrelated)
Dev Patel (actor, Slumdog Millionaire)
Rupert Wyatt (writer-director, The Escapist)

Peter Sellers award for comedy
Sally Hawkins (actress, Happy-Go-Lucky)
Eddie Marsan (actor, Happy-Go-Lucky)
Chris Waitt (documentarist, A Complete History Of My Sexual Failures)


13/01/2009 18:32:58