Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen and sultry songstress Amy Winehouse are among the nominees for this year’s South Bank Show Awards.
The awards – in association with the popular long-running TV show – celebrate the best in arts and entertainment over the past year, and include categories for theatre, dance, music and literature.
Baron Cohen is shortlisted in the Comedy category for Borat, the recent film based on the adventures of the clueless Kazakh reporter. He faces competition from TV series Extras and a one-off episode of comedy show The Royle Family.
Winehouse, meanwhile, is nominated in the pop music category for his 2006 album Back To Black.
And Jewish talent has made an impressive showing elsewhere. TV presenter Simon Amstell, last seen fronting the quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, is one of ten people nominated for the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award.
Meanwhile, Author Howard Jacobson is shortlisted for the literature award for his recent novel Kalooki Nights.
The book, which follows the story of a Jewish cartoonist, Maxie Glickman, has been described by the author as “the most Jewish novel that has ever been written by anyone, anywhere”.
The awards will be given out at a star-studded ceremony in London, hosted by South Bank Show presenter Melvyn Bragg, on January 23.
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