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Oscar nomination for Warwickshire set decorator

Judy Farr
Image caption Judy Farr spent five months creating the sets for The King's Speech

A Warwickshire woman has been nominated for an Oscar for her work on the film The King's Speech.

Former Birmingham City University student Judy Farr will be treading the red carpet at this Sunday's Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

She has been nominated in the Art Direction category for set decoration along with Eve Stewart, who was in charge of production design.

She also received a BAFTA nomination for Production Design.

The theatre design graduate has worked on various other films including Eyes Wide Shut, Hannibal Rising, Shine, Eastern Promises and the forthcoming remake of Conan The Barbarian.

Her role in The King's Speech involved her spending five months working on creating the sets for the film on location at football stadiums in Leeds and Bradford.

She said she never had an inkling The King's Speech would receive so many nominations.

"I was involved with the curtains, carpets, lights, furniture and action props," she said.

She added: "I've never been to LA so I'm really looking forward to going there for the Oscars, even though I am supposed be on the set of Downton Abbey the next day."

Mario Minichiello, head of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University, said: "All of the staff and students are delighted that one of our own graduates has achieved so much in such a short time."

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