Nominees Revealed For South Bank Sky Arts Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards which will take place on Sunday June 5th 2016 at London’s Savoy Hotel, and be broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday 8th June.

Hosted by Melvyn Bragg, this year’s 20th anniversary awards will shine a light on a wide range of outstanding achievers from across the arts world. Nominations include historical drama Wolf Hall in the TV Drama category alongside Humans and Doctor Foster, while nominated in the Film category are Ex Machina, 45 Years and Brooklyn.

Melvyn Bragg said in a press release: “The South Bank Sky Arts Awards freeze-frame on a unique moment in British cultural history. It’s when thirty nominees in ten categories across the Arts, from Opera to Pop Music, from Comedy to Theatre, meet to celebrate the best work being done by artists in this country across a wide range of ages and backgrounds.”

“This is the 20th of these annual Awards and a ripple through the records shows an extraordinary tapestry of talent ever-changing but always the same in its high quality.”

Twenty years ago, the inaugural awards handed the sitcom Father Ted the Comedy award, while David Suchet and Diana Rigg in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? secured a win in the Theatre award. Meanwhile, Matthew Bourne scooped the award for Dance for his ground breaking retelling of Swan Lake.

The nominees are…

TV DRAMA
• Wolf Hall, BBC Two
• Humans, Channel 4
• Doctor Foster, BBC One

FILM
• Ex Machina
• 45 Years
• Brooklyn

CLASSICAL MUSIC
• Stephen Hough. International Piano Series: Debussy and Chopin. Royal Festival Hall.
• City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Andris Nelsons’ Farewell Concert. Symphony Hall.
• Mark Simpson. The Immortal.

LITERATURE
• The Wolf Border, Sarah Hall
• The Year of the Runaways, Sunjeev Sahota
• The Past, Tessa Hadley

THEATRE
• Oresteia, Almeida Theatre
• People, Places & Things, National Theatre and Headlong
• Hangmen, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre

POP
• Benjamin Clementine, At Least for Now
• Years &Years, Communion
• Sleaford Mods, Key Markets

COMEDY
• Catastrophe, Channel 4
• Peter Kay’s Car Share, BBC One
• Chewing Gum, E4

OPERA
• Krol Roger, Royal Opera House
• Saul, Glyndebourne
• Force of Destiny, English National Opera

VISUAL ART
• Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery), The British Library
• Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk, Serpentine Gallery
• Banksy: Dismaland Bemusement Park

DANCE
• Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet
• 1984, Northern Ballet
• Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me), Lost Dog