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French producer Luc Besson (the Transporter trilogy) has made a name for himself (and others) pumping out high-octane, adrenaline-fueled schlock. Thrillers that only pause to deliver a well-timed one-liner, while a tough-as-nails hero (usually European) blasts away bad guys to save a fragile victim and complete his mission. His movies are made up of mostly standard stuff, red meat for red-blooded males, but at least they move.
Besson’s latest run-and-gun is a high-concept sci-fi noir set in the year 2079. Except the “high” concept is essentially “Escape from New York in space” since the movie lifts the entire plot, in which a wise-cracking antihero must rescue an innocent official stranded in a futuristic prison overtaken by psychotic convicts. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger share directing duties on their first feature and co-writing credits with Besson, but struggle to represent anything especially inventive. As a result, your enjoyment will depend »
- Jeff Leins
Two big films are opening this weekend, we have .The Cabin in the Woods. for horror buffs and .Lockout. for action fans. .The Cabin in the Woods. is from the brilliant minds of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard and it stars Kristen Connolly (Dana), Chris Hemsworth (Curt), Anna Hutchison (Jules), Fran Kranz (Marty), Jesse Williams (Holden), and Richard Jenkins (Sitterson). (Check out my interviews with Joss Whedon and Amy Acker right here, and with Fran Kranz right here)
In .Lockout,. Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a man in charge to rescue the President.s daughter (Maggie Grace) from inside a prison in space. Directors James Mather and Stephen St Leger crafted a simple plot (they co-wrote the film with Luc Besson) that is full of witty one-liners and features Pearce as an action hero. (Check out my interviews with Guy Pearce right here, and Maggie Grace right here)
So which »
I.ve loved Guy Pearce since .The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.. When I told the actor that near the end, there.s a funny quip you have to see!
In .Lockout,. Pearce stars as Snow, a mysterious character who.s in charge of rescuing the President.s daughter inside an outer space prison. The film lights up with Pearce.s quips and one-liners, and it reminds me of the good, old-fashioned thrillers from the 80s where the plot is simple, and the hero is an anti-hero full of witty one-liners. Co-written by producer Luc Besson (.Taken.) alongside the film.s directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather, you.ll enjoy .Lockout. when it comes out on April 13th.
In this interview, we talked about:
*** His interest in working on the movie
*** How he prepared
*** He.s notorious for being strict about continuity . thank goodness because .Memento. would »
I loved meeting Maggie Grace! I.ve liked her since .Lost,. albeit briefly, and after working with Luc Besson for .Taken. (she.s also working on .Taken 2. right now), she.s back with the producer for .Lockout,. a simple sci-fi thriller about a prison in space.
In .Lockout,. Grace stars as Emilie Warnock, the President.s daughter, who suddenly finds herself trapped inside the prison. Coming to save him is Snow (played by the witty Guy Pearce), but she can save herself thank you very much! .Lockout,. co-written by Besson with the film.s directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather, comes out on April 13th.
In this interview, Grace and I talked about:
*** Her interest in working in the film
*** Working with Guy Pearce
*** How she prepared for the role
Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" dominated the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) taking home 7 trophies including Best Film, Best Director (Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music. "The Artist" won 7 out of its 12 nominations.
In the acting categories, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award for her Margaret Thatcher performance in "The Iron Lady," Christopher Plummer was given the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners," and Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award for "The Help."
Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (to check out winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):
The Artist was named Best Film at tonight's Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London's Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.
Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay were awarded to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Senna won the Documentary and Editing BAFTAs. Hugo won two BAFTAs in Production Design and Sound. Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In won the Film Not in the English Language »
The 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were held tonight at which The Artist was named Best Film along with six other awards including Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Original Screenplay and Actor (Jean Dujardin). The film also took home awards for cinematography, costume design and original music. None of this comes as much of a surprise as The Artist is now, and has been for some time, considered the front-runner for Best Picture at the Oscars and has slowly been gaining steam in other categories including director and actor, especially as Dujardin has been charming American and international audiences with his latest Funny or Die skit and an appearance on "Saturday Night Live". In other awards, Meryl Streep won for Best Actress, adding more fuel to the competition between her and The Help's Viola Davis, a film that found itself in the winner's circle with Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress. »
- Brad Brevet
Predictably, The Artist has swept the board at the 2012 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony, nabbing a total of seven gongs (including Best Film, Best Leading Actor, and Best Director). Whilst many Brits would have been hoping to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy take home a few extra (particularly for lead actor Gary Oldman), there’s little doubt that Michel Hazanavicius’ silent masterpiece deserves every accolade tossed its way. Also somewhat predictably, Meryl Streep walked away with the Best Leading Actress award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
One pleasing result is surely for Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, which picked up the Outstanding Debut award. As one of Britain’s foremost talents, it’s great to see Considine rewarded for his revered work.
- Tom Fordy
Well the 2012 BAFTA Awards are over (unless of course you’re watching them on a catch-up service) and the event was filled with very little surprises – The Artist repeated its success from both the Richard Attenborough Film Awards and the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards and my bet (despite my love for his competition) for the Outstanding Debut Award, Paddy Considine, did walk away with that award. Of the awards Real surprises, I’m so happy for Christopher Plumer, who walked away with the Best Supporting Actor award for Beginners, and Octavia Spencer who won the Best Supporting Female award for The Help (although like many I thought that would go to Carey Mulligan for Drive).
Here are the nominees and winners in full:
Special Visual Effects
The 2012 Orange BAFTA ceremony tonight was, as expected, dominated by Michael Hazanavicius’ silent black-and-white love story The Artist.
Taking home seven awards in total, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Actor for Jean Dujardin’, ‘Best Original Screenplay’, ‘Original Music’, ‘Cinematography’ and ‘Best Costume Design’, The Artist won almost every category it competed in.
Although Dujardin was a surprise over George Clooney for Best Actor, there was no shock for Best Actress with the BAFTA going to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, which was also honoured for the extraordinary Make-up & Hair category.
In a huge surprise Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I »
- Matt Holmes
Meryl Streep wins Leading Actress
The Artist was named Best Film at tonight.s Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London.s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.
Outstanding British Film and »
- Michelle McCue
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady BAFTA 2012 Winners: The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Skin I Live In, Michel Hazanavicius Best Actor Brad Pitt Moneyball Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Clooney The Descendants * Jean Dujardin The Artist Michael Fassbender Shame Best Actress BÉRÉNICE Bejo The Artist * Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Michelle Williams My Week with Marilyn Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Viola Davis The Help Best Supporting Actor * Christopher Plummer Beginners Jim Broadbent The Iron Lady Jonah Hill Moneyball Kenneth Branagh My Week with Marilyn Philip Seymour Hoffman The Ides of March Best Supporting Actress Carey Mulligan Drive Jessica Chastain The Help Judi Dench My Week with Marilyn Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids * Octavia Spencer The Help Best Original Music * The Artist Ludovic Bource The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Hugo Howard Shore Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy »
- Steve Montgomery
HollywoodNews.com: British Academy Film Awards… and the winners are…
“The Artist” was named the year’s best film at the Orange British Academy Film Awards, as it is expected to win again at the Academy Awards in two weeks.
Meryl Streep wins Leading Actress
The Artist was named Best Film at tonight?s Orange British Academy Film Awards hosted by Stephen Fry, held at London?s Royal Opera House. The film also won six other awards: Director, Original Screenplay, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design as well as a performance award for Jean Dujardin who won the Leading Actor BAFTA.
Meryl Streep was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as »
- Josh Abraham
So there we have it. The 2012 BAFTA Awards have now drawn to a close. The Artist had an amazing night taking seven awards including that of the award for Best Film. Michel Hazanavicius’s black and white silent film also took awards for Best Actor, Original Music, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Screenplay, Best Director and Leading Actor. Simply amazing!
Senna came away with two out of the three awards it was nominated for including Best Editing and Best Documentary which was a new category for this year.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won two awards for Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film but a rather big surprise was that Shame directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan left empty handed. The full list of winners is below.
Let us know what you thought in the comments section below and keep your eyes peeled for our red »
- David Sztypuljak
Hello everyone and welcome to our favourite day in the British film calendar. We’re here in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for the 65th annual BAFTA awards and while the red carpet is being ironed and our colleagues fight off the cold anticipation is building for what should be an excellent evening.
Two of the films dominating the nominations are paeans to the magic of cinema with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo up for numerous awards though a particular favourite of ours here on HeyUGuys, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, has been championed within the Academy and find itself up for Best Film, Director and a Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan.
You can follow our coverage of the awards ceremony, with details of the winners as they are announced as well as other highlights from the Awards noted down before the BBC’s »
- Jon Lyus
The 2012 Orange BAFTA Awards ceremony takes place tonight at London’s Royal Opera House, the biggest night on the British film calendar once again hosted by Stephen Fry.
Going into the usual British bias/nepotism heavy show is the surprise that a French produced movie is odds on favourite to take the top prize.
Michael Hazanavicius’ delightful silent black-and-white movie is expected to take Best Film at the 65th BAFTA ceremony tonight, with George Clooney (The Descendants) and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) favourites to win the best actor and best actress prizes. None of these people are British!!
This is somewhat unprecedented as back in September when Tomas Alfredson’s methodically paced adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller Tinker Tailor Solider Spy hit cinemas with an outstanding all British ensemble and an astonishing performance from the much loved and under-appreciated Gary Oldman, it was hard to see »
- Matt Holmes
BAFTA announced their 2012 film nominations today, and I really need to get out there and see The Artist! It landed the most nominations with 12. Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy got 11 noms, and Hugo got 9. I also think it's great that Drive got a Best Picture nomination, unfortunately Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 did not. It will be interesting to see who and what films take home the awards.
The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 12 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One.
2011 Nominations (presented in 2012)
Outstanding British Film
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its nominations for this year's award show and The Artist leads the way with a total of 12 nominations, showing us that silent films could be making a comeback.
A close second is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with a total of 11 nominations, competing against The Artist for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor nominations for the films' respective leading men, Jean Dujardin and Gary Oldman. Brad Pitt is also gunning for Best Actor for Moneyball alongside his pal George Clooney for The Ides of March.
The trophies will be awarded at a ceremony at »
Outclassing stateside awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced nominations for the 65th British Acadamy Film Awards. Including many titles seemingly missing from awards talk here, we see love for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive, Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Steve McQueen‘s Shame, Richard Ayoade‘s Submarine, Joe Cornish‘s Attack the Block, as well as the riveting documentary Senna. The Artist still reigns supreme with 12 nods, as it is likely to head all the way to the Best Picture Oscar. For now, lets celebrate that strong taste this British voting body has and see the list below.
Outstanding British Film
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Early this morning the BAFTA nominations were announced, after a couple rounds of 'longlist' reveals. One of the big Oscar frontrunners, The Artist, walked away with 12 nominations, including Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor and Leading Actress. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy gets a moment in the sun with 11 nominations -- not really any surprise that the film would get lots of BAFTA attention -- and Hugo took 9 nods, though mostly for smaller categories. Drive, which has mostly been ignored in the Us awards rounds so far, got a nod for Best Film, and Attack the Block and Submarine were both nominated for Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer. Check out the full nomination list below. The Orange British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 12 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One. »
- Russ Fischer
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