Gravesend director Paul Greengrass gets BAFTA nod for Captain Phillips

PUBLISHED: 12:13 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:21 09 January 2014

Paul Greengrass previously won a BAFTA in 2007 for United 93.

Paul Greengrass previously won a BAFTA in 2007 for United 93.

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Blockbuster director Paul Greengrass has been nominated for a BAFTA for his latest film Captain Phillips.

Educated in Gravesend, Greengrass lends his name to the town’s only cinema which opened in January last year at The Woodville.

With previous titles such as The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum under his belt, Greengrass also previously won a BAFTA for United 93 in 2007.

Captain Phillips, released last year, tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates - the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years.

Lead star Tom Hanks, who plays the title role, has also been nominated for a BAFTA under the leading actor category.

Director Greengrass faces stiff competition for the best director gong from Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street, Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave David O. Russel for American Hustle.

The award ceremony will be held in London on February 16, just days before the final Oscar votes are registered - with Greengrass also tipped for an Academy Award nod.

Captain Phillips is still showing at selected cinemas, and is released on DVD and blu ray on February 10.

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