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The Precedent for an Eddie Redmayne or Michael Keaton Oscar Win

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.

Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.

For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and
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Rip Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes, who has died in Sydney aged 61, will be remembered by her peers as one of the finest actors of her generation.

Hughes won the AFI award for best actress for Careful, He Might Hear You in 1983 and was nominated on six other occasions, for Newsfront, My Brilliant Career, Lonely Hearts, My First Wife, Echoes of Paradise and Boundaries of the Heart.

.She was a brilliant actress who set the standard and was pioneering for her era,. filmmaker Philippe Mora, who was a close friend in the 1980s and early 1990s, told If.

.In my opinion without Wendy there would have been no Judy Davis, no Nicole Kidman and no Cate Blanchett. If timing had been different she would have been a major international star. As it is she leaves a legacy of perfect performances as one of Australia's greatest actresses..

Mora wanted to cast Hughes as the female
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Saville, Krawitz, Walker each win two directing awards

Matt Saville, Tony Krawitz and Jeffrey Walker won two awards each at the Australian Directors Guild Awards on Friday evening.

Saville won for the episode of The Slap that focused on Harry and for Cloudstreet in the drama series and mini-series categories respectively; Krawitz.s The Tall Man was voted best film in the feature documentary category and he was also chosen as the Finders Award recipient; and Jeffrey Walker was presented with both the inaugural Esben Storm Award for children.s TV for series three of H2O: Just Add Water and the award for TV comedy for Angry Boys.

Mrs Carey.s Concert, directed by Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond, was the joint winner of the documentary feature category, and Walker shared his comedy award with Stuart MacDonald and the show.s on-screen star, Chris Lilley.

One of the most touching moments of the night was when the audience
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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush

Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush is one a select few actors who have earned the "Triple Crown of Acting" -- an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.

The Australian actor earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist in "The King's Speech." Rush not only stars, but also served as an executive producer of the film, which is nominated for Best Picture of the Year.

Rush's talents were discovered long before his currently acclaimed role.
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Geoffrey Rush: Santa Barbara Film Festival's Montecito Award Honoree

Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech Geoffrey Rush, a likely Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, will receive the Montecito Award at the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs January 27– February 6, 2011. The Rush tribute will take place Monday, January 31, at the historic Arlington Theatre. According to the Santa Barbara Film Festival press release, "the Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances in his/her career." Previous recipients were Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening. This past weekend, Geoffrey Rush won the British Independent Film Awards' Best Supporting Actor trophy for his performance as King George VI's speech therapist in The King's Speech The information below is from the Sbff release: Rush made his big screen debut as a detective in the 1981 Australian film Hoodwink, [...]
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