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Salford director awarded BAFTA fellowship

Mike Leigh Credit: PA Images

Salford director Mike Leigh scooped the Fellowship award at last nights BAFTA ceremony.

Despite his latest film, artist biopic Mr Turner, failing to secure any major-category nominations he picked up the prestigious award. The 71 year old said: 'How lucky we are to have been born in this magical age of cinema. It is glorious isn't it?

When asked to pick a favourite from his lengthy career which includes Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies and Life is Sweet he said "It's a tough one, the thing is it's like one's children - you don't have a favourite really.''

Nominees hope to scoop awards for the North West

The BAFTA trophy

The stars are preparing for one of the most prestigious awards ceremony of the year - the BAFTA TV awards.

Amongst the nominees are Liverpool's Kerrie Hayes - who's nominated for best leading actress for her role in The Mill.

And the Granada Reports team have been nominated once again for our news coverage, after picking up the prize for the second time last year for our programme following the independent report into the Hillsborough Disaster.

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Manchester director to be celebrated by Bafta

Sam Zalim Credit: PA

A film director who grew up in Manchester and went on to work closely with Crimestoppers to mark its 25th anniversary is to be celebrated by Bafta.

Zam Salim is one of 17 talents to be honoured as Bafta Breakthrough Brits.

The 40-year-old, who now lives in Glasgow, directed Crimestoppers' Anonymous Caller film earlier this year. He has been chosen as a Breakthrough Brit following a number of other successful projects.

Zam worked on the Crimestoppers' film with MTP Productions.

It was produced as part of the charity's Our Big Thank You campaign, created by Family Advertising, designed to raise awareness of Crimestoppers and relay the message that the public has an anonymous outlet to pass on information about crime.

Zam and his fellow Breakthrough Brits will be celebrated at a talent showcase, in partnership with Burberry, on October 21.

The Crimestoppers' video is part of a year-long campaign by the charity to thank the public for the 1.5 million pieces of actionable information passed to law enforcement over the last 25 years.

Jonathan Neal, campaigns project manager said: "We're obviously delighted that Zam has been recognised for his first class work by being recognised by Bafta. We wish him all the best for the event next week."

To watch Zam's Crimestoppers film visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNfQEPiezMA.

Second BAFTA win for Granada Reports

Granada Reports has been awarded a BAFTA for our news coverage. It's the second time that the team has received the accolade. This time, it's for our programme following the independent report into the Hillsborough Disaster, 'Hillsborough: The Truth at Last.

Members of the team were at the ceremony in London last night to accept the award. Head of News, Lucy West, dedicated the win to Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams. Anne who lost her son Kevin in the disaster, died after a long illness last month.

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BAFTA nod for Cheshire puppet makers

It's not often that the worlds of Hollywood and Cheshire collide but they did today. Frankenweenie is the latest animated film by the American director Tim Burton and it's been nominated for a Bafta Award.

The puppets were made right here in the North West - and the company from Altrincham who made them even had a hand in one of the rival nominations too. Victoria Grimes reports:

Cheshire puppet makers get BAFTA nod

Film director Tim Burton speaks at a press conference for his Disney film "Frankenweenie" Credit: Koji Sasahara

A team of puppet makers and animators from Cheshire are celebrating their BAFTA nomination.

MacKinnon and Saunders, based in Altrincham, are nominated for their work on Frankenweenie. The team created puppets and sets for director Tim Burton.

See the rest of the nominations here.