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Skyfall among South Bank Sky Arts Awards nominees

Skyfall

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Bond movie Skyfall is among the nominees for this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The prizes, now in their 16th year, celebrate the best of British culture over the past 12 months and take place at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday, March 12, before being aired on Sky Arts later that same week.

Skyfall is in the running for best film, having been shortlisted with Berberian Sound Studio and acclaimed documentary The Imposter.

Other nominees include music stars Plan B and Jessie Ware, Alan Partridge comedy Welcome to the Places of My Life, Olympics-themed comedy Twenty Twelve and the Olympic Velodrome.

Awards categories extend across a range of shortlists, including visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature and film.

Melvyn Bragg, editor and master of ceremonies at the event, said of the nominees: “2012 was a remarkably fine year for British achievement, not least in British art, by British artists. Arriving at this shortlist was a tough job for our judges. We are proud of this world-class list of nominees which recognise and honour the best talent at work in the UK today.”

The nominees are:

Classical Music
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen – Arias for Guadagni
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Julian Anderson, Ryan Wigglesworth – The Discovery of Heaven – Royal Festival Hall
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle – Wynton Marsalis’s Swing Symphony – Barbican

Comedy
Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life – Sky Atlantic
Hunderby – Sky Atlantic
Twenty Twelve – BBC 2

Dance
A Streetcar Named Desire, Scottish Ballet
Jeux, English National Ballet
Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, Royal Ballet & National Gallery

Film
Berberian Sound Studio
Skyfall
The Imposter

Literature
Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, Kerry Hudson
Umbrella, Will Self

Opera
Les Troyens, Royal Opera House
Ghost Patrol, Scottish Opera & Music Theatre Wales
Where the Wild Things Are, Barbican

Pop Music
Jessie Ware, Devotion
Plan B, Ill Manors
Saint Etienne, Words and Music

Theatre
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, National Theatre
The River, The Royal Court Theatre – Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
The Master & Margarita, Complicite – Barbican

TV Drama
Line of Duty, BBC2
Parade’s End, BBC2
The Hollow Crown, BBC2

Visual Art
Hopkins Architects: London 2012 Velodrome, Olympic Park
Paul Noble: Turner Prize Exhibition, Tate Britain
Thomas Heatherwick: London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, Olympic Park

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