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Charlotte Rampling Nominated for Best Actress Oscar For Creative England Supported Film ‘45 Years’

Legendary British actress Charlotte Rampling has been nominated in the Best Actress category at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. 

Rampling stars alongside fellow Brit Sir Tom Courtenay in Andrew Haigh’s powerful drama ‘45 Years’, supported in part through Creative England’s Production Fund. The pair play a couple whose marriage is thrown into question when a long-forgotten secret from their past resurfaces on the verge of their 45th wedding anniversary. Rampling is joined in the Best Actress category with fellow nominees Cate Blanchett (‘Carol’), Brie Larson (‘Room’), Jennifer Lawrence (‘Joy’) and Saoirse Ronan (‘Brooklyn’). 

This Academy recognition for Charlotte Rampling comes on the same day the film received three nominations at the Evening Standard Film Awards, tying with black comedy ‘The Lobster’ for receiving the most nominations. ‘45 Years’ has been shortlisted for Best Film, Best Actress for Rampling and Best Actor for Courtenay. This exciting news comes just a week after Haigh’s drama received a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film.

Richard Holmes, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said:

“This is an utterly appropriate recognition of an outstanding, emotional, resonant performance. But it’s also completely marvellous for the film and the filmmakers. Hats off to Andrew, Tristan and the team for building the machine that made this possible.”

‘45 Years’ has experienced a trail of success since its debut at Berlinale Film Festival in early 2015. Having left that event with Best Actress and Best Actor Silver Bear awards for its stars Rampling and Courtenay, the film went on to win at Boston Society of Critics, European Film Awards and Edinburgh Film Festival where director Andrew Haigh took home the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature. The film has found similar success at the National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Valladolid Film Festival. 

Creative England’s Production Fund aims to support feature films from up-and-coming talent or established voices looking to experiment with new and exciting approaches. The fund is keen to support regional talent or projects which display strong regional tones. To find out more, visit our Film page

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on the evening of February 28th 2016.

The Evening Standard Film Awards will take place on 7th February 2016 and the BAFTA's on 14th February 2016.

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