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[ September 12th 2006 ]

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts today announced the nominations for The British Academy Video Games Awards in association with Nokia N-Gage and PC World. The ceremony will be held at the historic Roundhouse on 5th October, hosted by Vernon Kay.

The BAFTA Video Games Awards is the UK's leading organisation dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the fields of the moving image. Renowned for its high profile Film & Television Awards ceremonies, the prestigious BAFTA mask has long been seen as a symbol of excellence.

Eidos' Tomb Raider Legend has scooped five nominations including Best Screenplay, Best Action Adventure, Best Original Score, Best Audio and one for Lara Croft in the Best Character category. Hitman's Agent 47, Lego Star Wars, Han Solo, Rogue Trooper and LocoRoco also tap nods.

Paul Jackson, chairman of the BAFTA Games committee commented: "This year's decision for the Academy to elevate games to an equal status alongside film and television has been praised by the industry, government and media, and the stage is firmly set for The British Academy Video Games Awards to become the industry and consumers' benchmark of excellence. "

A full list of the nominations can be collected here. Thanks to Games Industry for the heads-up.

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