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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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Congratulations, Lesley Manville: You just became the 17th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes

Congratulations, Lesley Manville: You just became the 17th Oscar nominee without bids from any of Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes
Let’s hope that Lesley Manville was watching the Academy Awards nominations announcement. She defied our odds and was cited for her scene stealing supporting turn in “Phantom Thread.” In so doing, she became the 17th performer to reap an Oscar bid with first contending at either the Golden Globes Or the Critics’ Choice Or the SAG Awards.

Below, we enumerate the lucky few who came out of left field to be nominated at the Oscars without first having been in the running at at least one of these awards. However, for all of these the nominations had to be reward enough.

And be sure to compare this roster of those who defied the odds and reaped surprise Oscar bids without contending at any of these awards with those 21 performers who were snubbed by the academy despite nominations at the Critics’ Choice, SAG Awards and Golden Globes. The newest of
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Paddington 2 In St. Louis

Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, Paddington 2 stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,
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Stand-Alone Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Reportedly Eyeing 2019 Production Start

Production on the planned stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, possibly to be directed by Billy Elliot‘s Stephen Daldry is reportedly set to kick off in 2019, so reports Omega Underground.

The project is in the very early stages development, and it’s not yet clear as to whether Ewan McGregor would return to play the Jedi or not, but the timelines do feel about right. This week sees the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then next year we’ll get the next stand alone movie in the saga, Solo: A Star Wars Story, all based around the early adventures of Han Solo. Then, in late 2019, J.J. Abrams will round out the current sequel trilogy with Episode 9, leaving a 2020 prime cinema real-estate for a new stand-alone movie, a spot which this potential Obi-Wan story could occupy.

Lucasfilm also has a fifth Indiana Jones movie set for release in the
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Lucasfilm to start production on Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff in January 2019

After years of rumours, it was finally confirmed back in August that Lucasfilm is planning a Star Wars Anthology movie based upon the venerable Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, with the studio reportedly tapping Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) to develop the project with a view to directing.

We’ve heard nothing about the project since – which is understandable given that Lucasfilm has plenty on its plate with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story, not to mention a director switch on Star Wars: Episode IX – but now we have a brief update courtesy of Omega Underground.

According to the site, Lucasfilm is eyeing a January 2019 start date on the movie at Pinewood Studios UK, which presumably means we’d see the film arriving in Lucasfilm’s as-yet-unrevealed 2020 slot.

As yet, there’s been no official confirmation that Ewan McGregor will be reprising his role as Kenobi,
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New Featurette For ‘The Crown’ Season Two: ‘Evolution Of The Crown’

Netflix has debuted a new featurette for their upcoming second season of The Crown, the multi-million-dollar series focusing on the British monarchy.

The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined
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6 Days review – Jamie Bell storms it in Iranian embassy siege thriller

The Billy Elliot star is terrific as the cocky, swaggering leader of a crack Sas team in an atmospheric real-life drama that’s short on suspense

Toa Fraser’s real-life hostage thriller about the 1980 siege of the Iranian embassy in London (it skipped a cinema release and arrives on Netflix on 3 November) is thoughtful, well-made, with a couple of excellent performances – and just a bit dull. Told with not quite enough suspense, its pin stays firmly in the grenade as six armed men storm the embassy in Kensington, taking 26 hostages and demanding the release of prisoners in southern Iran.

Related: Jamie Bell on 6 Days: 'I was terrified – they were firing guns at me'

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Star Wars: at least 10 more years of films being planned out

Simon Brew Nov 2, 2017

Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy confirms that we've got at least another decade of Star Wars movies to come...

With two Star Wars films filmed and in various stages of post-production, and with Episode IX set to film next year (now under the stewardship of The Force Awakens director Jj Abrams), Lucasfilm is doing no shortage of juggling to keep the franchise active. Questions have long been asked as to just what the plan is once Episode IX wraps up the current core trilogy of the series, and Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm boss, has popped up on The Star Wars Show to explain what’s happening.

“We’re sitting down now, we’re talking about the next ten years of Star Wars stories and we’re looking at narratively where that might go”, she explained. “Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters, Rey, Poe, Finn, Bb-8, but
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‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads 2017 British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards (Bifa) announced this morning by Maisie Williams and Hayley Squires at The London Edition.

Debut features dominate the nominations list, with the first-time writers, producers and directors of Lady Macbeth, I Am Not a Witch and God’s Own Country all recognised in the three newcomer categories – Debut Screenwriter, Breakthrough Producer sponsored by Creativity Media and The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director – as well as Best Screenplay sponsored by BBC Films, Best Director and Best British Independent Film.

Included in Lady Macbeth’s 15 nominations are nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie and Cosmo Jarvis for their performances; Naomi is nominated twice, for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition. The film has also been nominated for five technical categories, newly introduced this year, including Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design,
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Jamie Bell Talks Marriage to Kate Mara: ''Netflix and Chill is Date Night''

Jamie Bell Talks Marriage to Kate Mara: ''Netflix and Chill is Date Night''
Jamie Bell is opening up about his notoriously private and very new marriage to actress Kate Mara. On Friday night, the British actor and the American star, who were married in July after two years of dating, had a date night at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards—but it wasn't the couple's average night of romance for the newlyweds. At the event, which was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel and hosted by English comedian Jack Whitehall, the Billy Elliot actor told E! News that his normal date night looks nothing like the star-studded event, "Netflix and chill is date night. Couch. Postmates. That's the date night. Our perfect date night is a movie and dinner." So it appears...
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Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy for The Crown seasons 3 and 4

It looks like Netflix’s The Crown will get quite a shake-up in its future seasons. Come Season 3, Claire Foy will no longer portray Queen Elizabeth II, but will be replaced in the role by Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman.

The change is to better portray the key characters as they age, something series creator Peter Morgan had always planned. Each season does cover nearly a decade in the life of the Queen, with Season 1 covering 1947 – 1955 and Season 2 covering 1957 – 1963. Based on this, Matt Smith will also be replaced eventually in the role of Prince Phillip.

Colman has also starred in The Lobster, Hot Fuzz and AMC’s miniseries The Night Manager, based on the John le Carre novel. She won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role and was also nominated for an Emmy. She will be seen next in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express.
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The Big Sick, Jamie Bell and Stand Up for Something to be Honored at Hollywood Film Awards

dick clark productions announced today that the cast of the film The Big Sick, including Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, will receive the “Hollywood Comedy Ensemble Award”; actor Jamie Bell will receive the “New Hollywood Actor Award” for his recent work in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”; and musicians Diane Warren, Common and Andra Day will receive the “Hollywood Song Award” for the original song, “Stand Up For Something” with music by Diane Warren, lyrics by Diane Warren and Common and is performed by Andra Day featuring Common from the film Marshall, at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA, on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which
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Victoria And Abdul – Review

Judi Dench (left) stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal (right) stars as Abdul Karim in

director Stephen FrearsVictoria And Abdul, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Peter Mountain / Focus Features ©

Director Stephen Frears’ funny, charming Victoria And Abdul was inspired by a real event late in the life of Queen Victoria, when the aging British monarch had her mood brighten by the arrival of a visitor from India, much to the dismay of her advisers and her son, the crown prince. Judi Dench gives a brave and bitingly funny performance as the elderly Queen Victoria, which feels a bit like a kind of sequel to her role as the same queen earlier in life in 1997’s Mrs. Brown. Frears’ handsome historical comedy/drama has a script written by Lee Hall, who penned Billy Elliot, and is based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s “Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.
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Victoria & Abdul movie review: one of her best friends was brown

MaryAnn’s quick take… Charming based-on-fact British costume dramedy gently snarks about power and propriety but cuts a lot deeper when it comes to bigotry and bootlicking. I’m “biast” (pro): love Judi Dench, mostly love Stephen Frears’s films

I’m “biast” (con): we’re still telling stories about this dead queen?

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The ribbing writes itself: Hey, they finally made the sequel to 1997’s Mrs. Brown! You know, the movie in which Judi Dench as Queen Victoria develops a close platonic friendship — or maybe even a romance — with royal groundskeeper John Brown in the early years of her widowhood, in the 1860s. It was a scandal! And now here’s Victoria & Abdul, which opens 20 years later and stars Judi Dench (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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Tiff 2017: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ Review: Paul McGuigan (2017)

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review: Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin) brings this stunning portrait of love in the late 70s to screens. Will it be this year’s runaway Oscar success?

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool review by Paul Heath.

Eon Productions choose their projects well. The company behind the James Bond movies rarely venture outside of that franchise, but when they do, you know you’re in for something special – and that is exactly what you get from Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, an absolute masterpiece in film-making.

Annette Benning plays Gloria Grahame, an ageing Oscar-winning actress who we meet in her dressing room preparing for a performance in a theatre somewhere in the north of England, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’ playing over the soundtrack. However, all is not well as she attempts to head to the stage,
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Victoria & Abdul review

Dami Judi Dench reprises the role of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul. Here's our review...

Appreciating that every film is a risk to varying degrees, sometimes, you come across one that just seems like a safe bet on paper. Here’s one now. Victoria & Abdul sees Dame Judi Dench reprising the role of Queen Victoria, albeit this time near the end of the monarch’s life. Billy Elliot and War Horse screenwriter Lee Hall has penned the script, based on the book by Shrabani Basu. Philomena and The Queen director Stephen Frears takes the helm. And the story itself is a recently-ish discovered one, about an unlikely friendship that Queen Victoria struck up with a young Indian clerk by the name of Abdul Karim.

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What could possibly go wrong with that?
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“What ever happened to Gloria Grahame?” classic movie buffs might well have asked in 1981, the year the blonde, Betty Boop-voiced Oscar winner died of cancer. The same question certainly applies to the lovingly crafted but tough-going biopic “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” in which the one-time bombshell — a character Annette Bening dons like a pair of elegant opera gloves — disappears 40 minutes in, replaced by a slow-motion and rather standard-issue terminal illness victim, daintily coughing her way to her death bed for the rest of the movie.

Speaking of fitted gloves, who better than “My Week With Marilyn” director Paul McGuigan to adapt Peter Turner’s memoir? Peter, who is played by “Billy Elliot” star Jamie Bell, all growed up, was 28 at the time, but has always treasured his May-December tryst with “Glo” (as only he’s allowed to call her): Their love affair was steamy while it lasted, and
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Jumper TV Series In the Works

Jumper TV Series In the Works
Jamie Bell is not stepping back from that ledge, my friend.

A small-screen version of the 2008 film Jumper — which starred Bell, among others, as a man with the ability to “jump” from one place to another in an instant — is being developed for Studio Canal, New Regency and Lionsgate, our sister site Deadline reports. Bell, who may reprise his role from the movie, is developing the project with writer/director Julian Simpson.

The original film, which grossed more than $220 million worldwide, also starred the likes of Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson and Kristen Stewart.

This news
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Star Wars: what could an Obi-Wan movie entail?

Rob Leane Aug 21, 2017

An Obi-Wan Kenobi ‘Star Wars Story’ is apparently in the works. What might that look like?

When Alec Guinness first portrayed Obi-Wan Kenobi, the cinematic landscape was enjoying a more civilised age. A film was a film, and if it went well, you might make another one. But now, it’s all about plotting out sequels and spinoffs years ahead of the fact. And so, it’s come to light that Old Ben might be getting his own ‘Star Wars story’ within Lucasfilm’s sprawling cinematic universe.

Stephen Daldry, director of Billy Elliot and The Hours, is said to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan movie. And that’s literally all we know. It’s not clear yet if Ewan McGregor will reprise the role (he has to, right?), or when the movie will be released. Step forward, then, into our wretched hive of speculation and guesswork.
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We can add a Jabba the Hutt movie to Lucasfilm’s Star Wars spinoff plans

A couple of days ago it was announced that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in talks with Lucasfilm about directing a Star Wars Anthology movie based upon the untold adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi, which was followed up by reports suggesting that Boba Fett and Yoda spinoffs are also in active development.

Well, it looks like we can add another project to the list, and yes, it’s a prequel based around an existing character – this time the feared gangster Jabba the Hutt. The report comes by way of Variety, although there are no further details about the potential spinoff.

Given that Jabba is already established as a crime lord by the time of The Phantom Menace, a spinoff movie could potentially take place at any time from the late Republic period through to the Original Trilogy. And if course, it also opens up the possibility of using characters
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