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Creative economy: stand up for the arts

In the midst of recession, the UK's creative industries have been quietly outperforming the rest of British industry

Colin Welland famously exclaimed "the British are coming!" while accepting an Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982. Three decades on, Mr Welland could feel a tinge of satisfaction when looking through the Academy Awards nominations. Heading the list of UK contenders is Londoner Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a Slave, which will be vying for best picture and best director with Gravity, the spacewalk thriller whose visual effects were created at Shepperton Studios. Brit actors Judi Dench, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope have nominations for the comedy Philomena, as do Christian Bale and Sally Hawkins for their roles in American Hustle and Blue Jasmine.

These British hopefuls – and there are many more – may come to little on the night, but even if they do, anyone who shares a Welland-like interest in our

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