Hurt, Branagh vie for BAFTA TV award

'Britain's Got Talent' gets its first nomination

LONDON -- John Hurt and Kenneth Branagh will go head to head for the coveted best actor award at this year's BAFTA TV awards, alongside Brendan Gleeson and newcomer David Oyelowo, organizers announced Monday.

The awards, Britain's top television nods, will be handed out June 6 at a star-studded showbiz gala to be held at the Palladium theater in London's West End and broadcast near-live on BBC1.

Branagh is nominated for his performance in the bleak Scandinavian detective series "Wallander," while Hurt is in contention for reprising his portrayal of the flamboyant-yet-vulnerable Englishman Quentin Crisp in ITV's "An Englishman in New York," some 34 years after he won the BAFTA actor award for playing Crisp in "The Naked Civil Servant."

Gleeson portrayed Winston Churchill in an intimate political and domestic portrait of the British wartime Prime Minister "Into the Storm" while Oyelowo was named for his performance in the BBC1 Jamaican immigrant drama "Small Island."

Film and TV actress Julie Walters was nominated twice in the best actress category, for her performances in political biopic "Mo" and euthanasia drama "A Short Stay in Switzerland." She will be up against Helena Bonham Carter, who receives her first BAFTA TV nomination for BBC4 drama "Enid," and first-time BAFTA nominee Sophie Okonedo for "Mrs Mandela." Okonedo is also nominated in the best supporting actress category for BBC1 crime thriller "Criminal Justice", against Imelda Staunton for "Cranford," Rebecca Hall for "Red Riding 1974" and Lauren Socha for "The Unloved."

The nominees in the new supporting category are Benedict Cumberbatch for "Small Island," Tom Hollander for "Gracie," Gary Lewis for "Mo" and Matthew Macfadyen for "Criminal Justice."

"Britain's Got Talent" has its first nomination, in the Entertainment category, alongside "Charlie Brooker's Newswipe," "The Graham Norton Show" and "Harry Hill's TV Burp."

Entertainment performance nominations go to Harry Hill, Stephen Fry, Michael McIntyre and ITV duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donelly.

"Mad Men" takes on "Family Guy," "Nurse Jackie" and FX's "True Blood" in the International category.

For a full list of nominations go to the BAFTA website www.bafta.org.
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