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Jackson and Minghella in fray for first UK Directors' Guild awards



Story by: Jack Foley

PETER Jackson and Anthony Minghella are among those nominated for the first awards to be presented by the Directors Guild of Great Britain.

The directors of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold Mountain will battle against Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 21 Grams in the international film category, which will be announced at a London ceremony on February 21.

Girl With a Pearl Earring director, Peter Webber, and Young Adam's David Mackenzie will compete for a UK accolade.

The awards also seek to honour TV, as well as cinema, and will also recognise achievements in documentaries and commercials.

On the small screen, Stephen Poliakoff received a nomination for his drama, The Lost Prince, while Stephen Frears was nominated for The Deal. They will be up against Adrian Shergold's The Second Coming and David Yates' State Of Play.

Writer/director Richard Curtis, whose works stretches from TV’s Blackadder, to Four Weddings And A Funeral, and, most recently, Love Actually, is to receive an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film and Television.

Michael Winner will host the event, while Don’t Look Now director, Nic Roeg, is among the guest presenters who will appear on the evening.

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