For today’s edition of “In Line”, I’d thought I’d bring up someone not many of us have even thought of lately. Sam Neill, one of Northern Ireland’s gift to us back in the early 90’s has been acting for more than 35 years. Starting his career in B-ish movies like Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981) and Attack Force Z (1982), Neill would gain notoriety opposite Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep in Fred Schepsi’s A Cry in the Dark (1988). While Streep reaped the lion’s share of press and awards recognition for the film, Neill was now on people’s radar. However, Neill did win Best Actor from the Australian Film Institute along with Streep, Director, and Best Picture of the Year. Read more on In Line: Sam Neill…
If you have been on Facebook or Twitter in the past two days, you may have noticed a few FYC ads popping up on the staff’s pages. That’s because for the first time ever, the Awards Circuit staff will be throwing their name into the ring of the critics groups that host their own awards! While you can see our intrepid editor’s choices coming together right now, you’ll soon be able to see what the staff collectively has to offer. The Awards Circuit Staff Awards nominations will be announced on Jan 20th and the winners will be announced on Jan 28.
In addition to the staff awards, the ACCA awards that gives you, the loyal readers, the chance to voice your own opinions about the film year, will open for voting on January 14th.
If you have anything you want the staff to consider before our voting closes (Jan 18) please share in the comments! until then take a look at some of the fun FYC ads designed solely by the staff (and their friends *cough Mark and Joey cough*) after the jump!
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The Art Directors Guild honors excellence in production design in film. They divide their awards into three categories: Period, Fantasy, and Contemporary. So being that there are 15 nominees, it doesn’t give away too much as far as where the chips may fall with Oscar, though it can do some serious damage for your film if not among the nominees. The most noticeable film absent? The Master, who after missing with SAG and PGA, seems all but finished.
Read more on Art Directors Guild Nominations Include ‘Atlas,’ ‘Karenina,’ and ‘The Hobbit’…
Exactly two hours before I began writing up this article, the Producers Guild of America had just announced its complete list of nominees. In the “Theatrical Motion Picture” category, one film appeared that virtually no pundit had thought to anticipate: Sam Mendes’ British-produced Skyfall. But after recently crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide, not to mention its widespread critical acclaim and seven BFCA nominations, does this really comes as that much of a surprise? Oh yes, I forgot…Skyfall is a “genre” film, which means its “Best Picture” chances would usually be at the bottom of the barrel when stacked against baitier competitors that seem destined for Oscar® upon announcement. However, it has two things going for it that critically-beloved moneymakers like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises do not: a late release closer to the pivotal Oscar® date and, most importantly, a huge chunk of support behind it in the form of the Academy’s hefty British voting bloc, who are no doubt beyond astounded by its record-breaking success, and not just for the James Bond franchise either.
Skyfall is currently the 14th highest grossing movie of all-time and the United Kingdom’s top movie earner in history, barely surpassing James Cameron’s Avatar. Not including the Harry Potter movie franchise, Skyfall is also the most successful British film (Eon Productions) ever released. With these figures and the aforementioned accolades and overall success, it may be time to not just realistically consider Skyfall for “Best Picture,” but also come to the realization that we’ve been underestimating the influential power of the Academy’s British voting bloc throughout this entire race. In addition to Skyfall, I’ll now turn your attention towards award hopefuls who have been under-the-radar all season long like Judi Dench as “M” in Skyfall, Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and even John Madden’s British ensemble dramedy itself. I strongly believe these four British category contenders will receive their major boost from the crucial British voting bloc in the form of Academy Award™ nominations come the morning of January 10th. After the jump, you will see the ‘Skyfall’ category contenders in this first of a two-part article series…
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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins was born December 31st, 1937, in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales. At a young age, Hopkins was encouraged to become an actor by fellow countryman Richard Burton, and thus attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales before moving to London to be trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Like many young actors, he got his start in theater and worked for a time as Sir Laurence Olivier’s understudy. In 1968, he got his first big break on the big screen, starring opposite Peter O’Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Timothy Dalton in The Lion in Winter.
Read more on Circuit 3: Anthony Hopkins…