'Aviator,' 'Vera Drake' sweep BAFTAs

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Martin's Scorsese's "The Aviator" and Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" split the top awards Saturday at the 2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

British film critics laud 'Sideways'

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- "Sideways" captured the top film award at the 25th London Film Critics' Circle Awards while "Vera Drake" was the big winner overall with five awards.

'Vera Drake' pulls top honors

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- "Vera Drake," a drama about a 1950s abortionist, was best film and Imelda Staunton was best actress in the 2004 Evening Standard British Film Awards.

Analysis: 'Aviator' flight path to Oscar?

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- With a field-leading 11 Oscar nominations and a Producers Guild of America best picture prize safely in hand, "The Aviator" -- Martin Scorsese's biography of Ho
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Nominees for 77th Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 77th Academy Awards, which were announced Tuesday:

'Aviator' leads field with 11 Oscar nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "The Aviator" led the field with 11 Oscar nominations when nominees were announced Tuesday for the 77th Academy Awards.

Web site pundits list Oscar picks

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- "The Aviator," "Finding Neverland," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Sideways" are sure to be Best Picture Oscar nominees, GoldDerby.com said Monday.

Analysis: On to the Oscars

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- "The Aviator," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Sideways" seem to be at the head of this year's class of Oscar contenders, following big wins for all three at the Gol
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: Golden Globes set Oscars table

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Another major piece of this year's Oscar puzzle will fit into place Sunday, with the handing out of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Analysis: SAG is early line on Oscars race

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Tuesday's announcement of the nominees for this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards does its bit to help separate the contenders from the pretenders in this year'
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Nominees for 11th SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were announced Tuesday in Los Angeles:

Jamie Foxx nominated for four SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Jamie Foxx had four nominations and Hilary Swank had three as the Screen Actors Guild announced nominees Tuesday for the 11th SAG Awards in Los Angeles.

Toronto critics name 'Sideways' best film

TORONTO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Toronto Film Critics Association has named "Sideways" the best film of 2004.

Nominees for 62nd Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

New York online critics like 'Sideways'

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The New York Film Critics Online have named "Sideways" the year's best movie.
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Imelda Staunton
British actress Imelda Staunton attends the British independent film awards at Hammersmith Palais in London on November 30, 2005. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, OBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English actress. She is perhaps best known for her performances in the British comedy television series Up the Garden Path, the Harry Potter film series (in which she plays Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge) and Vera Drake. She drew critical acclaim as Vera Drake, earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a number of wins including the BAFTA and Venice Film Festival Awards for best actress in a leading role.

Staunton was born in Archway, north London, the only child of Bridie (née McNicholas), a hairdresser, and Joseph Staunton, a road-worker and labourer. The family lived over Staunton's mother's hair dressing salon while Staunton’s father worked on the roads. Both of her parents were first-generation Catholic immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland, with her father coming from Ballyvary and her mother from Bohola. Staunton's mother was a musician who could not read music, but could master almost any tune by ear on the accordion or fiddle and had played in Irish showbands.

Staunton attended La Sainte Union Convent School, an all-girls Catholic school on the edge of Hampstead Heath, from years 11 to 17. Her talent was spotted by Jacqueline Stoker, her elocution teacher. Before long she was starring as Polly Peachum in a school production of The Beggar's Opera. Staunton studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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