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Keira Knightley Lands a Nomination at Laurence Olivier Awards

February 8, 2010 (10:30 am) GMT
The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star is up for Best Supporting Actress, competing against Hayley Atwell, Michelle Dockery and Alexandra Gilbreath, among others.

's heavily criticized stint in a London production of "The Misanthrope" has earned her a nomination for one of Britain's Laurence Olivier Awards. The actress has been hit with a slew of bad reviews for her part in an adaptation of the Moliere classic, which marked her debut on the West End stage and is currently playing at the Comedy Theater.

But the poor reviews haven't stopped Knightley from being named in the Best Supporting Actress category by jurors of the prestigious Olivier Awards, the highest honors in British theater. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star will compete against ("A View From the Bridge"), ("Burnt by the Sun"), Alexandra Gilbreath ("Twelfth Night"), Rachael Stirling ("The Priory") and ("A Streetcar Named Desire").

Meanwhile, Hollywood actress was shortlisted for a Best Actress prize for her performance as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire", and will go up against (""), ("Entertaining Mr Sloane"), Lorraine Burroughs ("The Mountaintop") and Juliet Stevenson ("Duet for One").

's turn in "" faces competition from James Earl Jones in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", for "Three Days of Rain", (""), Ken Stott ("A View From the Bridge") and Samuel West ("").

In the musical categories, former star is up for a Best Actress statue for her role in "", while 's stint as Fagin in "" has scored him a Best Actor nod. The winners will be named in a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on March 21.

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