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BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners

BAFTA Awards: 6 British nominees who beat eventual Oscar winners
Since the the BAFTAs moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000, it has become a fairly reliable barometer of who will win in the four acting races at the Academy Awards. However, there have been six occasions when it has gone with home-grown talent over the eventual Oscar winners. And there have been eight other times when British nominees have won without facing the eventual Academy Awards champs.

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Best Actor

2000: Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot” over Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”; Bell was snubbed by Oscars.

2002: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Gangs of New York” over Adrien Brody for “The Pianist.”

2009: Colin Firth for A Single Man” over Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart.”

In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor won the BAFTA for “12 Years a Slave,” 2013; Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was not nominated at BAFTA.
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Berlinale: ‘The Happy Prince’ Review: Dir. Rupert Everett (2018)

The Happy Prince review: Rupert Everett makes his directorial debut with this portrait of Oscar Wilde in his final days.

The Happy Prince review by Paul Heath.

The Happy Prince review

Focussing on the final three years of Oscar Wilde’s life, The Happy Prince is the directorial debut of seasoned British actor Rupert Everett, who also writes and performs as the iconic writer,.

Clearly taking its name from Wilde’s collection of children’s stories, ‘The Happy Prince and Other Tales’, Everett’s film is an absolute marvel. The picture, clearly a passion project for the star of such films as My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Next Big Thing and St. Trinian’s – but let’s not forget An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest – is a flashy, very stylised affair, but also one with depth and glowing adoration for its subject matter from the outset.
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Haley Bennett, Matthias Schweighoefer in Talks to Join ‘Resistance,’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg

Haley Bennett, Matthias Schweighoefer in Talks to Join ‘Resistance,’ Starring Jesse Eisenberg
Haley Bennett, who gained acclaim for “The Girl on the Train” and “The Magnificent Seven,” and German star Matthias Schweighoefer are in talks to take key lead roles in writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s “Resistance,” alongside Jesse Eisenberg.

The movie follows the life of mime artist Marcel Marceau (played by Eisenberg) and his involvement in the French Resistance during WWII. Bennett will star as Emma, a Resistance fighter who played a vital role in inspiring Marceau to join her in rescuing thousands of children and walking them out of France and into Switzerland.
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Haley Bennett, Matthias Schweighöfer in talks to join Jesse Eisenberg in 'Resistance'

Haley Bennett, Matthias Schweighöfer in talks to join Jesse Eisenberg in 'Resistance'
Pair in negotiations to play resistance fighter and SS commander respectively.

Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming Kursk) are in talks to take key roles in Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Resistance.

Jesse Eisenberg is playing legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau in the film, which details his involvement in the French Resistance during the Second World War.

Bennett will play a resistance fighter who plays a vital role in inspiring Marceau to join her to rescue thousands of children, while Schweighöfer will play a notorious SS commander who is personally assigned by Adolf Hitler to dismantle the Resistance.

Rocket Science is co-financing and producing the project and is selling it at this week’s European Film Market (Efm). CAA handles domestic rights.

Pantaleon are co-financing and producing, with Epicentral co-producing. Producers are Claudine Jakubowicz, Carlos Garcia de Paredes and Dan Maag.


2018 BAFTAs poll results: Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’) is on thin ice

2018 BAFTAs poll results: Allison Janney (‘I, Tonya’) is on thin ice
Allison Janney might not get the gold — at least at BAFTA, according to our users. In our recent poll asking which of the four acting frontrunners is most susceptible to an upset at Sunday’s BAFTAs, 51 percent of you chose the “I, Tonya” star.

Janney’s main Best Supporting Actress rival has been Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”), but BAFTA added an interesting wrinkle by nominating “Phantom Thread” star Lesley Manville, who went on to score an Oscar nomination as well — one of the film’s surprising six nominations. A seasoned thespian, she could be the beneficiary of BAFTA’s penchant of awarding British stars from time to time. Manville is in third in our odds behind Janney and Metcalf.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: Does Sally Hawkins (‘The Shape of Water’) have home-field advantage over Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’)?

If it’s not Janney who gets derailed, then it might be Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde Movie ‘The Happy Prince’ Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to “The Happpy Prince,” an Oscar Wilde movie written and directed by, and starring Rupert Everett, the company announced Friday. The film, which premiered last month in Sundance, also stars Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. “The Happy Prince” screens Saturday as a special gala at the Berlin International Film Festival. Everett plays the great Irish writer Oscar Wilde during his last days, with his body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning — but his flamboyant irony and brilliant wit very much intact. The...
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Rupert Everett’s ‘The Happy Prince’

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to “The Happy Prince,” written and directed by, and starring Rupert Everett. The film has its European premiere tomorrow at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival as a Special Gala. The movie had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Spc is planning a 2018 release.

“I am absolutely thrilled, particularly because Michael and Tom distributed my first film ‘Another Country,'” Everett said.

The film, which is Everett’s directorial debut, centers on the last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that haunted them. Everett plays Wilde, “physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe,” according to a statement. “His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde’s final act and
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Rupert Everett’s 'The Happy Prince' lands at Sony Pictures Classics (exclusive)

Rupert Everett’s 'The Happy Prince' lands at Sony Pictures Classics (exclusive)
Oscar Wilde drama gets European premiere in Berlin on Saturday.

Sony Pictures Classics (Spc) has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince ahead of Saturday’s European premiere in Berlin as a Special Gala.

Everett’s feature directorial debut premiered in Sundance last month and the multi-hyphenate garnered strong reviews for his portrayal of the 19th century Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde.

The Happy Prince focuses on the literary giant’s final three years from 1897-1900.

Sequestered to a French seaside resort with the company of two loyal friends played by Edwin Thomas and Colin Firth, a restless Wilde travels across Europe under assumed names, unsure whether to reunite with his wife (Emily Watson), or his former lover Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Colin Morgan).

“I am absolutely thrilled, particularly because Michael [Barker] and Tom [Bernard] distributed my first film Another Country,” Everett said.

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'Fifty Shades Freed' romps to top of UK box office with £6.1m debut

Erotic threequel scores impressive site average; The Greatest Showman puts on another stirring display.

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Fifty Shades Freed (Universal) £6.1m £6.1m 1 2 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £1.92m £26m 7 3 Coco (Disney) £1.25m £11.67m 4 4 Early Man (Studiocanal) £1.13m £5.3m 3 5 Darkest Hour (Universal) £978,111 £20.65m 5

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Erotic threequel Fifty Shades Freed swept aside the competition at the UK box office this weekend, storming to a £6.1m debut from its 594 locations, with an impressive £10,269 site average.

On Friday, the film dominated the market, taking 55% of all grosses with £2.66m – the biggest opening day for a film in the UK this year. That was also the third biggest UK opening day of all time for an 18-certificate film, behind Fifty Shades Of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker.

The Fri-Sun opening falls behind those two previous franchise entries (£13.56m and £7.58m respectively) but with Valentine’s Day to
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The Mercy review – high seas and crushed dreams

Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz can’t save this dramatisation of a tragic real-life yachting adventure from foundering

The somewhat dispiriting real-life story of Donald Crowhurst, the amateur sailor who in 1968-9 lost his pride, his mind and then his life in a single-handed yacht race to circumnavigate the world, has long exerted a fascination for film-makers. Nicolas Roeg once tried to film the story. In 2006, the documentary Deep Water explored the tragedy. And this big-budget take on the tale, buoyed up by the star power of Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, was made at the same time as a smaller rival project, Crowhurst by Simon Rumley.

One can see the attraction of the story to director James Marsh: Crowhurst (Firth) has a similar maverick eccentricity and forceful self-belief to that of high-wire walker Philippe Petit, the subject of his documentary Man on Wire. But for all its technical prowess – the sound design,
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Darren Aronofsky, James Marsh, and More Remember ‘Brilliant’ Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Darren Aronofsky, James Marsh, and More Remember ‘Brilliant’ Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directors who worked with Jóhann Jóhannsson are mourning the loss of the Icelandic composer, who died of unknown causes on February 9. The recipient of back-to-back Oscar nominations in 2015 (“The Theory of Everything,” for which he won a Golden Globe) and 2016 (“Sicario”), Jóhannsson was 48 years old.

“I am devastated,” “The Theory of Everything” director James Marsh wrote in an email to IndieWire. “I’ve lost a dear friend and we have all lost the beautiful music he carried within him. Jóhann was a brilliant and unique artist. His personality is alive in his music — thoughtful, inquisitive, gracious, idiosyncratic, sometimes melancholy, sometimes witty and above all, pure.”

Jóhannsson also composed the score for “The Mercy,” directed by Marsh and based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), a British amateur sailor who died while competing in a globe-crossing yacht race in 1969; it was released this weekend in the UK and Australia.
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Talented Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Has Died at Age 48

Oh no. This is so tragic. Icelandic musician / composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has passed away, according to multiple reports online (see: THR) that confirm the news with his manager. According to the reports, Jóhannsson died at age 48 in Berlin, where he was living, though no other details about what happened are known yet. This hits really hard, because Jóhannsson was on his way to starting an awesome career as a very talented, very unique composer for films as well as theatre, dance and TV. His most recent work includes the score for Darren Aronofsky's mother! (not in the final cut), the Danish film In the Blood, and Colin Firth's The Mercy. He also earned two Oscar nominations for his scores for The Theory of Everything and Sicario. Jóhann was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1969, where he later went on to study languages and literature at university. He
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Beta Cinema Acquires Berlin Competition Titles ‘3 Days in Quiberon,’ ‘In the Aisles’

Beta Cinema has boarded four films set to play at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, including two competition titles, Emily Atef’s “3 Days in Quiberon” and Thomas Stuber’s “In the Aisles.”

Beta has also acquired Milko Lazarov’s “Aga” which will be closing the festival and playing out of competition, and Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx,” the opening film of the Panorama Special section.

“3 Days in Quiberon” is a film delivering a multi-faceted portrait of Romy Schneider, the biggest star on the continent of her time, as she gives her last interview. During the interview, which took place over three days and was captured by famous photographer Robert Lebeck, Schneider bared her soul, revealing a romantic but fragile woman driven by a mixture of professional ambition and the desire to live.

Atef’s film stars Marie Bäumer (“The Counterfeiters”) and is produced by Rohfilm Factory, in co-production with Dor Film and Sophie Dulac Productions, Tita B. Productions
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The Mercy review – Colin Firth steers Donald Crowhurst to likability

The tragic fibber of the high seas’ descent into despair and delusion is subtly explored by Firth, but the film flinches from the sailor’s horrible denouement

The true story of Donald Crowhurst is about Englishness, sadness and shame. It’s been retold many times on screen since investigative journalist Nick Tomalin co-wrote a pioneering 1970 book about him, The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. This new version has Colin Firth as the tragic Quixote fibber of the high seas, Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare and David Thewlis as Rodney Hallworth, his breezy press agent.

Related: 'The boat's been found and he's not on it': tragic sailor Donald Crowhurst's final voyage, by his son
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Exclusive: Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz on the profoundly moving biopic The Mercy

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Author: Stefan Pape

Few films have stirred our emotions quite in the same way that The Mercy did. Telling the true story of Donald Crowhurst, this James Marsh production is a tale about misplaced optimism verging on delusion. Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star as the leading duo and to mark the film’s release we had the pleasure of interviewing them both.

We began by asking the affable pair how much they knew of Donald’s story before getting involved in the project, and giving the profound, moving nature of this narrative, we also discussed whether they can be moved by the film in the same way a viewer can, or whether that’s impossible given their involvement.

Then we asked the big question; why did Donald do it? Why did he put everything at risk, to leave behind his wife and children and set sail – putting his own life on the line?
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The Mercy movie review: a sea of troubles

MaryAnn’s quick take… An unsettling true story smartly told, from a moment in time at once uniquely its own and a harbinger of things to come. Colin Firth is subtle, unflinching, extraordinary. I’m “biast” (pro): love Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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If you do not already know the story of Donald Crowhurst, who set off from England in 1968 in an attempt to sail singlehandedly and nonstop around the world, keep it that way. (I knew nothing, and was glad of it.) Don’t even watch the trailer for The Mercy, the genteelly brutal new movie about his adventure, before you see the film. Though his odyssey was global news at the time, he has mostly been forgotten… and whether or not he
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Doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst is ripe for a biopic – as two rival films demonstrate

Colin Firth stars in one of two new films about yachtsman Crowhurst and his disastrous 1968 round-the-world race. Is the studio distributing both films hoping for smooth sailing?

Fifty years ago, an amateur sailor named Donald Crowhurst entered the Golden Globe solo round-the-world yacht race. He had little funding and less experience compared with his eight rivals, but he set off, anyway, on 31 October 1968, on a trimaran he had helped to modify and equip. It wasn’t what you’d call shipshape. The boat’s wiring was a bird’s nest, and screws kept coming loose, but if Crowhurst had delayed any longer he would have been disqualified. Dreaming of being the first person to circumnavigate the planet singlehandedly without touching land en route, he left England and his family behind.

Brave British hobbyist reaching for the impossible? Homegrown pluck and ingenuity versus foreign expertise? It’s the kind of story
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The Mercy Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Though his preceding feature The Theory of Everything picked up numerous Oscar nominations (even winning one), James Marsh’s The Mercy is the more accomplished piece of cinema, albeit overlooked at this year’s award’s season. There are parallels too, in how we’re focusing on one man’s steely drive and blissful sense of optimism and ambition, and how that can affect his wife and children.

Colin Firth plays the man in question, the idealistic yachtsman Donald Crowhurst who decides to take on the 1968 Global Globe Race, where he must sail around the world, on his own, without stopping. Though such an endeavour is aimed at more experienced, diligent sailors, he is determined to prove the doubters wrong, seeking to design and build his very own boat and set off before the approaching deadline. His wife Clare (Rachel Weisz) is convinced he’ll eventually turn off the idea,
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‘The Mercy’ Review: Dir. James Marsh (2018)

The Mercy review: James Marsh directs Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst in this true story of his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

The Mercy review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

The Mercy review

The Mercy has one irresistible premise, proven by the fact that this telling of the ‘expedition’ by Donald Crowhurst has attracted such talent to it. Not only that, but we’ll soon see the story explored again with the lower budget Crowhurst, also distributed by Studio Canal, released later in the year. There are documentaries, TV adaptations, and even a 1980s Russian film that used a tale to strongly critique capitalism. The Mercy is certainly the heavy hitter this year, with Colin Firth in the lead, and director James Marsh coming off the heavily lauded The Theory of Everything. There’s no surprise the story has garnered so much attention over the years, with it still being fiercely relevant today,
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Second Opinion – The Mercy (2018)

The Mercy, 2018.

Directed by James Marsh.

Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Buchan, and Ken Stott.


In 1968, amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst decided to compete in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race, the ultimate non-stop sailing challenge at the time. The race made a household name of Robin Knox-Johnston at the time, but Crowhurst’s story remained an unsolved mystery for years. Based on a true story.

After the glittering prizes showered on The Theory Of Everything (2014), director James Marsh returns with another true story. The Mercy is the story of businessman and amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) who, back in 1968, decided to take part in the Golden Globe Round The World Yacht Race. Convinced he could complete the toughest sailing challenge going – taking his yacht round the world, non-stop and solo – he raised sponsorship, put his house on the line and set
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