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British Academy announces nominees for 2013 film awards

bafta_filmawards2013logoThe British Academy has announced the films nominated for its 2013 awards today, with two documentaries not only nominated for Best Documentary but also for Outstanding Debut.

Last year at the BAFTA’s Senna proved to be a real winner with nominations in no less than six categories. This year there isn’t a documentary film which performed to this extend, though two made it further than just a Best Documentary nomination.

Without further ado, here are the nominees:

The Imposter – Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis

Marley – Kevin Macdonald, Steve Bing, Charles Steel

McCullin – David Morris, Jacqui Morris

Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

West of Memphis – Amy Berg

In the Outstanding Debut category, nominations were also given to first-time feature documentary director Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis (the film’s producer) for their terrific efforts with The Imposter and to David and Jacqui Morris, the directors/producers behind the documentary McCullin, currently playing in UK cinemas.

It is only the second time since 1990 that BAFTA is presenting the documentary award. Documentaries have continued to be honoured since then but have been eligible in all relevant categories only. BAFTA’s film committee last year chose to re-introduce the specific category in recognition of the number of high-quality theatrical documentaries released in cinemas in the UK each year.

Watch the full list of nominations being announced here:

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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