Critics bow to Helen Mirren as the 'Queen'

Dec. 16, 2006 at 12:48 PM

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Actress Helen Mirren has been added to the short lists for two more awards by the London Film Critics' Circle, fresh from her pair of Golden Globe nods.

The BBC reported Saturday that the new nominations are for best actress and best British actress, with the winners announced Feb. 8.

Riding a wave of popularity, Mirren was recently named Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the San Francisco Critics Circle, the Washington D.C. Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review -- all for her role as Elizabeth II in "The Queen."

Meanwhile, in the race for The Golden Globe nominations, the precursor to the Oscars, Mirren was nominated earlier this week for playing both Queen Elizabeth I in a television miniseries and Elizabeth II, in the Stephen Frears-directed film, "The Queen"

The winners of the Golden Globe awards will be announced Jan. 15.

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