Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

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

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