HOLLYOAKS UP FOR OSCARS!
A HOST of Brits have been nominated for Oscars – including Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis and Daniel Kaluuya as they battle it out for Best Actor.
And they include Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton who have also been nominated for an Oscar.
The soap stars, best known for playing Mitzeee Minniver and Liam McAllister in the Channel 4 soap, have bagged a nod for best live action short for their film The Silent Child.
Shenton wrote, produced and starred in the film about childhood deafness after she became passionate about the issue when her dad became deaf when she was young.
Overton served as director on the film, focusing on a deaf four-year-old girl named Libby, played by deaf actress Maisie Sly, who lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.
British actress Sally Hawkins was nominated for leading actress in The Shape of Water, as was Saoirse Ronan for her role in Lady Bird.
Lesley Manville was nominated for supporting actress for her role opposite Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread.
Oldman was nominated for Best Actor fresh off his success at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
Get Out’s Kaluuya is a first-time nominee – unlike Day-Lewis, who already has three Oscars.
The mass of British nominees echoed Chariots of Fire writer Colin Welland’s victory speech at the 1982 Oscars, when he declared: “The Brits are coming!”
Christopher Plummer was nominated for Supporting Actor for his role in Sir Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World, in which he was an 11th-hour replacement when disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was scrubbed from the film.
He is up against Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, both for Three Billboards, and The Shape of Water’s Richard Jenkins plus The Florida Project’s Willem Dafoe.
Other Britons to be nominated include Radiohead musician Jonny Greenwood for his Phantom Thread score.
NOMINATED: Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour STAR: Sally Hawkins Daniel Day-Lewis UP FOR A GONG: Rachel Shenton Daniel Kaluuya