Mirren: Hitchcock role 'wonderful'

Dame Helen Mirren has welcomed news of her Bafta acting nomination

The British star said she was "delighted" to have been recognised in the Best Actress category for her performance as Alma Reville in Hitchcock.

She said: "This was a wonderful role, Alma Reville was more than Hitchcock's wife, in many ways she was his muse, his assistant, his editor and more, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to portray her.

"There were many people involved in the making of the film, all of whom played a part in this nomination.

"I would particularly like to thank my co-star Anthony Hopkins and our director Sacha Gervasi who helped me to shape Alma on to the screen."

Tim Bevan, who produced nominated films Les Miserables and Anna Karenina, said "It's a very nice day for (film production company) Working Title to have so many nominations across two films."

He said he was disappointed for Les Miserables film-maker Hooper, Anna Karenina star Keira Knightley and the film's director Joe Wright, who didn't make the shortlist. He said of Les Miserables: "We're very proud of the film. We're somewhat surprised that Tom Hooper wasn't in the list for director."

He added: "Steven Spielberg wasn't nominated for best director for Lincoln, which tops the list, so it just goes to show how wide open it is this year."

He said Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's nominations in the acting categories were "fantastic ... absolutely brilliant", adding: "The film wouldn't be what it is without them."

Bevan said: "If you look at the British film category, Anna Karenina, Skyfall, Les Miserables are all in there. Quite often it's smaller films. This year, there are three big international films that got made in the UK. It's a strong time for British film."