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Controversial movie Shame and redemption drama Tyrannosaur are set for glory at the Evening Standard British Film Awards after picking up four nominations each.

Steve McQueen’s story about a sex addict is up for Best Film, Best Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan, and the Technical Achievement award.

It’s a double delight for Fassbender, who receives a second Best Actor nod for his role in Jane Eyre, alongside fellow nominees Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), and Tom Hiddleston (Archipelago).

In the Best Actress category, Mulligan will compete with Vanessa Redgrave for her role in Coriolanus, Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea), Samantha Morton (The Messenger), and Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur).

The 2012 Evening Standard British Film Awards will be presented at a ceremony in London on 6 February.

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The lovely Carey Mulligan has been nominated for a BAFTA! She is nominated for Supporting Actress for her role of Irene in Drive, though some sources are saying it’s for her role in Shame.

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Carey Mulligan – Drive
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Judi Dench – My Week With Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Shame has been nominated for Outstanding British Film and Leading Actor (Michael Fassbender), whilst Drive has been nominated for Best Film and Director (Nicholas Winding Refn). Congraulations and best of luck to everyone involved with both films! The results will be announced on February 12 at the Royal Opera House in London.

In the 1970s, through 1980, the photographer Francesca Woodman made images of young women, most often herself, in a blurry, foggy, subliminal state. She called one famous series her ghost pictures. They were achieved through slow shutter speeds, which meant that instead of being the record of a blinked instant, they captured movement through time and mid-air: in one a female figure leans forward, body flexed, awkward, in fizzing focus, while her head shakes frantically, blurrily, as if ridding herself of a wasp. Many of the figures are almost transparent. I am here, they insist. But watch me disappear.

When Carey Mulligan was working on her latest film, Shame, she saw a documentary about the Woodman family and Francesca’s work inspired her character Sissy – a damaged, needy, tinnily upbeat young woman, whose singing act becomes her last desperate attempt to forge a relationship with her brother. When she is working on a film, says Mulligan, she often makes scrapbooks for her character. “It really is so childish. It’s like my way of saying,” – she puts on a child’s voice – “‘I’m qualified!’ … I had little Woodman pictures in the book, stuff like that.” Her voice goes quiet. “If anyone ever read them I’d be mortified because they’re just full of shit. They’re not clever and there’s nothing creative in them. It’s just me reassuring myself.”

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In the last year, Carey Mulligan appeared in two much-admired movies, “Drive” and “Shame,” and gave an acclaimed performance in “Through a Glass Darkly,” a stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film. But before that run, she hadn’t worked for nearly a year, disatisfied with the scripts she was receiving. “Everything seemed exactly the same as stuff I’d been doing,” she told the Bagger recently.

Since her breakout turn in “An Education” in 2009, Ms. Mulligan has played a lot of characters who have a sense of desperation – if not despair — and Sissy in “Shame,” directed by Steve McQueen, certainly fit the bill. But Ms. Mulligan saw another side of her.

“She’s hopeful,” Ms. Mulligan said. “She sort of reminded me of me in that respect. She keeps on getting knocked back and she keeps trying. She never sees that her life is limited, she doesn’t know that she’s not talented enough to be a singer, or to be an actress. That’s how they rang similar to me, that’s probably why I was so drawn to thing.”

She laughed. That striving, she said, “bears repeating in all of my work.”

Here, Ms. Mulligan talks to our colleague Charles McGrath about “Shame,” acting in theater vs. film and her attraction to characters on the verge of madness.

Click here to view the TimesTalk interview.

Carey has just won the best supporting actress award at the Hollywood Film Awards as well as the Detroit Film Critics Society Awards for her role in the tense drama Shame, directed by Steve McQueen where she plays Sissy, sibling to Michael Fassbender’s character, Brandon. AGENT2 brings you this interview before the UK release of Shame.

Your character in Shame, Sissy, is another fantastic and really interesting part…

Yes. My agent gave me the script. She read it and she told me that there is this insane part of Michael Fassbender’s sister and I read it and I thought, ‘No way on earth will Steve McQueen ever let me play this.’ I thought they would cast someone gritty and American. So I met Steve thinking that there was no way this would come off and he kept on trying to leave! Like ten minutes into our meeting, he was like, ‘Right, okay, thanks.’ And I was, ‘Oh, no!’ And I kept making him sit down again.

What did you say to him?

I just said, ‘Look, Steve, the thing is’, and then I wouldn’t have anything to say. But we did end up talking about The Seagull, which is my big obsession. Playing Nina in The Seagull, I have never really recovered from it and I want to play Nina for the rest of my life, but I couldn’t find a film role that was on the same level, or as difficult or as interesting. Then when I read Shame I thought it was as difficult as Nina and that is what I told him, to convince him to let me do it.

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I have just added 485 Blu-Ray quality screen captures of Carey as Irene from her 2011 drama/thriller Drive. She does a wonderful job in this film, and is a great on-screen pairing with the amazing Ryan Gosling. Enjoy!

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The first two official stills from The Great Gatsby have been released online, and both feature Carey as the gorgeous but manipulative Daisy Buchanan! I can’t wait for more images from the film to be released!

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The Critics Choice Movie Award nominations have been unveiled, and Carey has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Drive! The film is also up for Best Picture, Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Supporting Actor (Albert Brooks), Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Action Movie and Best Score. Congratulations to the cast and crew, and we shall eagerly await the results on January 12!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan – “Shame”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

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