Beloved British thespian Tom Courtenay has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Bradford International Film Festival. The accolade marked the 50th anniversary of his classic film Billy Liar.
The 76-year-old Quartet star accepted the award at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England, revealing, "Bradford is a city that has played a significant part in my film career. I shot Billy Liar here 50 years ago, and then 20 years later returned to make The Dresser at The Alhambra Theatre."
Previous recipients of the BIFF Lifetime Achievement Award include John Hurt, Ken Loach and Richard Attenborough.
Bosses at Britain's legendary Pinewood Studios have unveiled a new film and TV stage named after veteran actor Richard Attenborough. Tom Hooper's movie musical Les Miserables is the first production to shoot on the stage.
The public voted Oldman the Best British Film Star for his Academy Award-nominated role as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The thrilled star said, "This is the first prize for acting in a specific performance that I've received in over 20 years and that makes it all the more special."
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was also named British Film of the Year and Best Screenplay at the awards. The latter prize was accepted by Peter Straughan, who created the script with his late wife and writing partner Bridget O'Connor.
Oldman's fellow Oscar nominee Streep was also a big winner, claiming the critics' Best Actress honour for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
The Artist dominated the RAFA critics' categories, claiming the Film of the Year and Best Filmmaker (Michel Hazanavicius) trophies, while Michael Fassbender was named the critics' Best Actor for his portrayal of a sex addict in Shame.
The full list of winners is:
Critics' Film of the year: The Artist
Critics' Best Filmmaker: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Critics' Best Screenwriter: Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Critics' Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Critics' Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Critics' Rising Star: Tom Hiddleston
Public's British Film of the Year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Public's Animated film: Arthur Christmas
Public's Family Film: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Public's Best British Film Star: Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Public's Favourite Film Star: Robert Pattinson
Public's Most Anticipated Film: The Dark Knight Rises.
Ralph Fiennes' week took a turn for the better yesterday when the newly-dumped star of The Constant Gardener picked up a Best British Actor nod at the London Film Critics' Circle awards--while co-star Rachel Weisz triumphed in the female category.
Fiennes, who split from actress Francesca Annis on Tuesday following reports he is romancing a Romanian singer, was hailed for his role in the gritty political thriller.
Gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain grabbed an equal share of success with wins for Film of the Year and a Director of the Year award for its maker Ang Lee.
Awards chairman William Russell said, "Brokeback Mountain has all the ingredients of a classic love story, except that the lovers are two young ranch hands who fall in love one summer while herding sheep, but go on to marry and have children, while continuing to meet over the years.
"Ang Lee has succeeded in presenting this highly controversial situation in an intelligent and sensitive fashion, and secured outstanding performances from the entire cast.
"It is a feat which has been rightly recognized."
Elsewhere, Downfall star Bruno Ganz picked up Actor of the Year for his mesmerizing portrayal of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, while Naomi Watts won Actress of the Year for King Kong at the London ceremony.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Film of the Year - Brokeback Mountain
Director of the Year - Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
Actress of the Year - Naomi Watts (King Kong)
Actor of the Year - Bruno Ganz (Downfall)
Supporting actress of the Year - Thandie Newton (Crash)
Supporting actor of the Year - Tom Hollander (Pride and Prejudice)
British actress - Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener)
British actor - Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardener)
British newcomer - Kelly Reilly (Mrs. Henderson Presents)
British producer - Simon Channing Williams (The Constant Gardener)
British director - Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice)
Foreign Language Film of the Year - Downfall
Screenwriter of the Year - Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (Crash)
The Attenborough Award - The Constant Gardener
Dilys Powell Award - Bryan Forbes CBE
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Period drama Pride and Prejudice and thriller The Constant Gardener are leading the nominations at next year's London Film Critics' Circle Awards.
The adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel has received eight nods, including Best British Director for Joe Wright, Best British Newcomer for Wright and Matthew MacFadyen, Best British Actress in a Supporting Role for Rosamund Pike and Brenda Blethyn, Best British Actor in a Supporting Role for Tom Hollander, Best British Actress for Keira Knightley and the Attenborough Award for Film of the Year.
Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener is up in seven categories, including Best Screenwriter, Best British Producer, Best British Actress for Rachel Weisz, Best British Actor for Ralph Fiennes, Best Director for Meirelles and the Attenborough award.
Los Angeles drama Crash is up for five awards, while British comedy Mrs. Henderson Presents picks up four nods at ceremony, which takes place in London's Dorchester Hotel on Feb. 8.
The winners are chosen by 100 reviewers who write for British newspapers and magazines.
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Steven Spielberg reportedly has won the race to bring Harry Potter to the big screen.
The Times of London says Spielberg will direct and produce "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," based on the hit children's book series about a schoolboy wizard.
Robert Zemeckis, Jonathan Demme and Mike Newell were among the directors Spielberg beat out for the movie, according to the paper.
Warner Bros., which owns the Harry Potter screen rights, dictated that Spielberg must make the film his next movie. Spielberg, whose docket also includes an adaptation of the best seller "Memoirs of a Geisha," had two possibles in the works: "A.I." and "Minority Report," both produced by his own studio, DreamWorks. "A.I" (the acronym for artificial intelligence) is based on a story outline by late filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. "Minority Report" is a possible project for megastar Tom Cruise.
As for "Harry Potter," the Times says the search is now on for a British child to play the title role, although Spielberg reportedly might be considering a computer-animated version of the story.
NEXT "SENSE": "Sixth Sense" writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has settled on his follow-up project: "Unbreakable."
The suspense drama is set to star the prolific Julianne Moore. "Sense" alum Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are also attached.
According to Daily Variety, Moore will play the wife of a man (Willis) who begins to experience strange and unusual things after surviving an accident.
THORNTON "SHIPPING" OUT: "The Shipping News" for Billy Bob Thornton isn't good.
The actor-filmmaker has dropped out of the Columbia Pictures film and might opt instead for Universal/Miramax's "Cinderella Man." He will most likely direct the latter film -- probably with Ben Affleck as the lead.
John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston previously departed "The Shipping News," a romantic drama.
LIVIN' ON A PRAYER: Erstwhile hair-band rocker Jon Bon Jovi gets his rocks off as the latest co-star in Bel Air Entertainment's "Pay It Forward."
Daily Variety reports that Bon Jovi will co-star alongside acting heavyweights Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and "The Sixth Sense's" Haley Joel Osment. The pic, about a young boy's attempt at world peace via random acts of kindness, is being directed by "Deep Impact's" Mimi Leder and co-financed and distributed by Warner Bros.
IN KEY: Hollywood director-in-exile Roman Polanski hopes to return to his Polish homeland after acquiring the rights to "The Piano," an autobiographical book about a musician's survival in Poland during World War II. Polanski told Daily Variety that he plans to start shooting the $20 million feature in December. The story, detailing Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw from 1939 through 1945, is said to be reminiscent of Polanski's own turbulent coming-of-age in war-ravaged Krakow.
GANDHI MEETS THE POPE: If he's good enough to play Gandhi, why not Pope John Paul II?
That's the thinking of an Italian broadcaster who announced Friday that it's planning a TV biopic about the pontiff to star Oscar-winning "Gandhi" star Ben Kingsley.
"Gandhi" director (and fellow Oscar winner) Richard Attenborough is being considered for a role, as well. Reuters reports that talks are under way with both actors about the project, which is in the planning stage and has not yet received official approval from the Vatican.