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The cinema awards season is getting into full swing, culminating with the Oscars in March. Festivities kicked off this week with the People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles, the only major event of its kind voted by the public. Sweeping the People’s Choice Awards, Sandra Bullock was named Favourite Movie Actress, Comedic Actress, Dramatic Actress and shared the Favourite Movie Duo award with ‘Gravity; co-star George Clooney. The movie was voted Favourite Drama. With 11 nods, Alfonso Cuaron’s space drama leads the nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards. Other BAFTA nominees include ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’, each bagging 10 nominations. Steve McQueen’s slavery epic is heading the nominations for the January 12th Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles. “It’s going to be a very, very interesting Best Film title fight,” said film critic Mark Kermode. Asked about ‘Gravity’ he said: “It has turned up not only in the Best Film category but also in the Outstanding British Film category because, of course, although it’s got Hollywood stars, it was made here. British technicians doing all those incredible effects, it’s the first 3D film I have ever seen where I have thought it really is better in 3D than in 2D. However, I have to say my affections are for ’12 Years a Slave’, which I think is an extraordinary piece of work with great direction by Steve McQueen.”Another Best Film contender is Paul Greengrass’ piracy drama ‘Captain Phillips’, with nine nominations, including Best Actor for Tom Hanks in the title role. “Paul Greengrass is a wonderful British director. It’s a true story. He tells it in a way which is brilliant, visceral, engaging and of course it’s great to see a Supporting Actor nomination for Barkhad Adbi, who really holds his own against Tom Hanks in that movie and provides such a crucial part of the drama,” said critic Kermode.The fifth contender for Best Film is Stephen Frears’ ‘Philomena’, based on the true story of a mother’s...