Two films shot on location at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) have scooped 17 BAFTA nominations between them it was announced this morning (9 January 2013).

Les Misérables, which sees its UK release this weekend, has 9 nominations and Skyfall, the highest grossing film of all time in the UK, has 8 nominations. The nominations will see the films going head to head in the Outstanding UK film category and Anne Hathaway up against Dame Judi Dench for Best Supporting Actress.
     
Last spring Grand Square at the ORNC was turned into a battlefield as the Communards set up their barricades in the heart of the leading London heritage attraction. With a stellar cast including Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter, the film would be the first musical to win Best Picture at the BAFTAs since Cabaret were it to be successful.

Dame Judy Dench as M looks over the coffins of agents killed in the field. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Dame Judy Dench as M looks over the coffins of agents killed in the field. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

By contrast the 23rd instalment in the Bond franchise, Skyfall, was a much more sober event at the ORNC. A fleet of hearses bring the bodies of agents killed in the field back to the UK. A scene with Dame Judi Dench as M looking over a row of coffins draped in the Union flag is one of the most moving moments in the action packed movie.

Brendan McCarthy, CEO of the Greenwich Foundation, the charity set up in 1997 to run the ORNC, said: “We are delighted that two films shot on location in the historic setting of the Old Royal Naval College have been nominated in so many categories for this year’s BAFTAs. It is a huge pleasure to work with the production companies and we wish them every success in this year’s awards.”

The BAFTA nominations come one day before the announcement of the OSCAR nominations in Hollywood. The 2013 BAFTAs will be presented on 10 February at the Royal Opera House in an event hosted by Stephen Fry.