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January 19th, 2006 9:50am EST
The Constant GardenerBritish thriller The Constant Gardener has been nominated for 10 BAFTAs from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The adaptation of the John Le Carre novel, which stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz, is up for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress and seven other awards. Ang Lee's gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain and racial drama Crash both received nine nominations.

The awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place at the Odeon, in London's Leicester Square, on February 19. The Constant Gardener will face stiff competition in the Best Film category. It's up against Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Capote and Good Night, and Good Luck.

Hollywood hunk George Clooney is up for a total of four Bafta's including two Best Supporting Actor nominations, and Best Director for Good Night, and Good Luck. The Constant Gardener star Fiennes will take on Brokeback Mountain's Heath Ledger, Capote lead Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix - who stars as the late Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, and Good Night, And Good Luck's David Strathairn for his portrayal of US broadcaster Ed Murrow.

In the Best Actress category, 34-year-old Weisz, who won the prize Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes for her role in The Constant Gardener, vies with Dame Judi Dench, for sexy comedy Mrs. Henderson Presents, Charlize Theron for North Country, Ziyi Zhang for Memoirs of a Geisha and Walk The Line's Reese Witherspoon.

British period drama Pride And Prejudice received six nominations including Outstanding British Film Of The Year.


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