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"Budapest Hotel" leads BAFTA noms, Rod Taylor dead at 84

Friday, January 09, 2015 - 01:31

The day's top showbiz news and headlines including nominations for the BAFTA awards are announced, actor Rod Taylor dies at 84, and Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis. Bob Mezan reports.

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STORY: The nominations for Britain's BAFTA awards - the UK's equivalent to the Oscars - have been announced and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" topped the shortlist with 11 nominations, including one for best film. The offbeat comedy stars Ralph Fiennes as the concierge of a luxury hotel. Fiennes picked up a best actor nod and Wes Anderson was nominated for best director. "Birdman" earned 10 nominations including best film and one each for its three central actors, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone. The film tied for nods with "The Theory of Everything," which also earned a best picture nod and honors for actor Eddie Redmayne. And "The Imitation Game" earned nine nominations - including best picture and best acting nods for Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. The winners will be unveiled by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on February 8. Australian actor Rod Taylor has died. Taylor was one of Hollywood's leading men in the 1960s, best known for his role as Mitch Brenner in the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic "The Birds." He was 84 - dying 3 days short of his 85th birthday on January 11th. Angelina Jolie met Pope Francis on Thursday (January 08) after a screening of her film "Unbroken" at the Vatican. The pope was not present at the screening but Jolie and two of her children met him briefly afterwards.

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"Budapest Hotel" leads BAFTA noms, Rod Taylor dead at 84

Friday, January 09, 2015 - 01:31