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After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?

After BAFTAs, are four acting races at Oscars a done deal?
The BAFTA Awards gave Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney yet another chance to practice their Oscar acceptance speeches. Each member of this quartet has taken home every one of the major precursors this awards season. They started their winning ways with the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards in mid January followed by the SAG Awards at the end of last month and now the BAFTAs. No group has pulled off such a sweep since the British academy moved ahead of the Oscars in 2000.

Oldman has been the Best Actor favorite all season long for his transformation into Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” The veteran character actor has only contended at the Oscars once before, losing his 2011 Best Actor bid for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” to Jean Dujardin who headlined the Best Picture champ “The Artist.”

McDormand is riveting as a mother struggling to accept her
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Baftas 2018: The best speeches

Baftas 2018: The best speeches
#TimesUp was praised by many winners, as was the strength of British filmmaking talent.

The 71st British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards took place on Sunday 18 February, with the gender equality #TimesUp movement the dominant theme of the evening (along with some well-timed jokes from Joanna Lumley).

Below are some of the interesting quotes and speeches from the ceremony.

Joanna Lumley - host

“This ceremony is not just about the famous people…but let’s have a look at the famous people here tonight!”

Gary Oldman’s ability to transform himself was visible in his other roles this year - Yoda, Wonder Woman and Lego Batman”

“Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool - the reason all of tonight’s nominees have been house-hunting on Merseyside”

”The exceedingly charming Hugh Grant is in the building. Quite how Hugh managed to portray a vain and egocentric actor is honestly
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2018 BAFTA Awards: Full winners list of the 71st annual British Academy Film Awards [Updating Live]

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards (the BAFTAs) were revealed on Sunday February 18 (two days before final voting for the Oscars begins) in a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over emcee duties from Stephen Fry, who hosted for the last 12 years running. Ridley Scott receives the BAFTA Fellowship from BAFTA patron Prince William. Read the full report on the 2018 BAFTA Awards.

The roster of presenters includes: Gemma Arterton, Orlando Bloom, Sam Claflin, Bryan Cranston, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Hoult, Isabelle Huppert, Lily James, Jennifer Lawrence, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, Sergei Polunin, Will Poulter, Andrea Riseborough, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Hayley Squires, Tom Taylor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rachel Weisz and Letitia Wright.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3 [Updating Live]

Best
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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.

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ dominates with 12 nominations, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Three Billboards’ at 9

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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2018 BAFTA Awards: What time does the show start, who will win, who is hosting and presenting?

The 2018 BAFTA Awards begin at the Royal Albert Hall in London at 7:00 pm Sunday (Feb. 18). However, the BBC won’t air the show until 9 pm local time. And it won’t go out on BBC America until 5 pm Pt/8 pm Et. But we will have the results here at Gold Derby as they unfold, beginning at 11:00 am Pt/2:00 pm Et. Throughout the day, be sure to join the live discussion in our message boards. And then check back here after the results are in for our analysis of what these wins (and losses) at the BAFTAs mean for the Oscars.

Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over hosting duties from Stephen Fry, who emceed for the last 12 years running. One highlight of the evening is sure to be Ridley Scott receiving the BAFTA Fellowship. It is this group’s version of a lifetime achievement award, and will be
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Introducing the 2018 European Shooting Stars

The 10 young European actors selected for this year’s Shooting Stars initiative are in town to meet the global film industry.

While young acting talent is spotlighted annually by initiatives such as Bafta’s Rising Star award and Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, European Film Promotion’s (Efp) Shooting Stars programme is the most visible celebration of next-generation thespian talent allied to an A-list film festival.

Each year, 10 young European actors are awarded the Shooting Star accolade at the Berlinale, a five-person jury having selected the winners from submissions by the 37 Efp member countries. The recipients travel to Berlin to meet producers, casting directors and other film industry figures, and are feted at a ceremony at the Berlinale Palast, which this year takes place on Monday February 19.

This year’s line-up includes UK Screen Star Of Tomorrow Michaela Coel, Norway’s Thelma star Eili Harboe, Hungary’s Réka Tenki, who appeared in last
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2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?

2018 BAFTA Awards: Who is hosting and presenting, which nominees will be there?
The February 18 BAFTA Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and air on a tape-delayed basis on both BBC One in England and BBC America in the United States. Sixteen of this year’s 20 nominees in the acting categories are schedule to attend Sunday’s ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All five Best Actress nominees are expected: Annette Bening (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Sally Hawkins (“The Shape of Water”), Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).

Likewise for the five fellows up for Best Actor: Jamie Bell (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”).

And four of the five Best Supporting Actress hopefuls will be in the audience: Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Lesley Manville
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Review: In ‘Nostalgia,’ Mark Pellington and Alex Ross Perry Reflect on Life’s Memories

About thirty minutes into Nostalgia, a handful of neighbors–each affected by a recent fire–reflect on all of the things they’ve lost. A strangely complacent insurance agent (John Ortiz) sits with them. When asked how he can hear their woes and not appear affected, he explains his everyday encounters with people just like them, who’ve lost everything and are forced to go on and live life. It’s the most interesting moment in the film’s most interesting scene. From here, we follow Ellen Burstyn, playing one of the neighbors, who travels to Las Vegas to sell a Ted Williams-signed baseball that was a prized possession of her late husband’s. There she meets a memorabilia shop-owner (a lovely Jon Hamm), who we then follow. Such is the intersecting structure of the picture, with the second half unfortunately giving way to some tragic melodrama that undermines what’s come before.
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Rachel Weisz Not a Fan of a Female James Bond, Thinks Women Deserve Their “Own Stories”

Rachel Weisz Not a Fan of a Female James Bond, Thinks Women Deserve Their “Own Stories”
Gender-flipping is all the rage in the movie industry these days. From Ghostbusters to the new Doctor Who, characters who have long been presented as straight, usually white, men have been reinvented as women. For years, people have talked about a gender-flipped James Bond, one of cinema’s oldest — and most definitively male — characters. Already, fans […]

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Why Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond

Rachel Weisz makes a good point when she states just why she wouldn’t want to see a female James Bond. It’s not so much a sexist thing as it is a need for women to expand into their own roles and not take on predominantly male characters that are known for interacting with the opposite sex in a very unique and characteristic way. It’s bound to be twisted and stretched in a manner that would make people wonder just what makes others think that James Bond could never be a female character, but I agree with Weisz that it shouldn’t

Why Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond
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Rachel Weisz on why James Bond should continue to be played by a man

Given that Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s last turn as 007, there have been lots of conversations regarding who should be his successor. Not only that, but many people are calling for a different kind of 007; specifically, there are fans who would like to see a Bond of color, and/or a female Bond. Of course… Surprise! It’s been very controversial, and there have been (mostly) reasonable arguments on both sides of the table.

Now, movies like Atomic Blonde have shown us just how awesome a female-led spy film can be. However, does it make sense for Bond? Not according to Daniel Craig’s wife Rachel Weisz. Talking to The Telegraph, the actress made her feelings on the matter pretty clear:

“[Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create
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Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want Female James Bond Because Women “Should Get Their Own Stories”

Before Daniel Craig officially announced his return for the untitled Bond 25, it seemed every male actor under the sun (see: Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, et cetera) was linked with the supposedly vacant role of 007.

Among those mooted reports were one or two rumors of a female-fronted reboot, as well, one which would have welcomed an actress like Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) into the ranks of MI6. It would certainly play into the whole gender-swapping craze that has gripped Hollywood in recent years, resulting in such projects as Ocean’s 8 and Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, along with mooted female-flipped reboots of The Nice Guys and 21 Jump Street.

But when it comes to James Bond, in particular, Rachel Weisz (real-life partner to current 007, Daniel Craig) disputed the idea of a female-led reboot on the belief that “women should have their own stories.”

Why not create your own story rather than
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Rachel Weisz Warns Against Female James Bond: Women ‘Should Get Their Own Stories’

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Rachel Weisz Warns Against Female James Bond: Women ‘Should Get Their Own Stories’
Rachel Weisz doesn’t want to see a female James Bond movie, saying she believes women “should get their own stories.” “ devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,” Weisz told The Telegraph. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.” Of course, Weisz is married to our current James Bond (Daniel Craig), who is set to reprise his role...
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Rachel Weisz Doesn't Want a Female James Bond: Women Should 'Get Their Own Stories'

Rachel Weisz Doesn't Want a Female James Bond: Women Should 'Get Their Own Stories'
Rachel Weisz isn’t here for a female James Bond.

The actress, and wife to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, said instead of replacing the traditionally male role with a female, women should be given their own stories instead.

“ devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,“ she told The Telegraph. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors?”

She continued: “Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.
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Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond Because ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’

Rachel Weisz Doesn’t Want a Female James Bond Because ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’
Rachel Weisz doesn’t think a female James Bond is a good idea. Speaking to The Telegraph, Weisz said that women deserve their own stories on the big screen instead of just a remake of a famous male character. Weisz also noted that Bond’s masculinity and the way he treats women is integral to the character, a component that would be lost if film were to switch the character’s gender.

“[Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women,” Weisz said. “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”

Weisz’s husband, Daniel Craig, is our current James Bond and is set to play the British spy one
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Rachel Weisz Insists Next James Bond Should Be A Man: ‘Women Should Get Their Own Stories’

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The role of James Bond has been linked to numerous actors and actresses, but Rachel Weisz has now insisted the part shouldn’t necessarily go to a woman. The 47-year-old, who is married to current Bond Daniel Craig, insisted “women should get their own stories” as she spoke out about the constant speculation in a new
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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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Stylist Kate Young Makes the Clothes Call for her Celebrity Clients

Stylist Kate Young Makes the Clothes Call for her Celebrity Clients
What do Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Dakota Johnson, Selena Gomez and Sienna Miller have in common? Apart from stellar talent, stunning looks and stratospheric success, they also share stylist Kate Young, making her one of the most in-demand — and influential — celebrity stylists working today.

It’s an achievement Young couldn’t have foreseen back when working as an assistant at Vogue. “Celebrity styling wasn’t a big thing at that point,” says Young, who happened upon it by accident. “I would do these shoots and people would ask if they could borrow the clothes for a premiere or a press tour, and I’d just organize it.

“They kept calling me. At the time I don’t think anybody ever paid me. I didn’t think of it as a career, it was just a side thing. I liked doing it. I tend to like actresses a lot — for the most part, they
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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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