The Theory Of Everything has become an early winner at the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards by scooping the Outstanding British Film prize. The biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, beat competition from The Imitation Game, Paddington, Under the Skin, '71 and Pride to claim the coveted title at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday (08Feb15).
The drama is nominated in nine other categories including Best Film, Best Actor for Redmayne, Best Actress for Felicity Jones and Best Director for James Marsh.
Filmmakers behind Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel also had reason to celebrate after taking home the accolade for Best Original Music.
The oddball comedy leads the nominees with 11 nods, closely followed by Birdman and The Theory of Everything with 10.
British rockers Kasabian opened the show, which is being presented by actor/comedian Stephen Fry for the 10th time.
The Grand Budapest Hotel emerged as the top contender for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards on Friday (09Jan15). The oddball comedy, starring Ralph Fiennes, lead the charge with 11 nominations as the shortlist was announced by the ceremony's host Stephen Fry and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin in London.
The Theory of Everything and Birdman closely followed with ten nominations, and all three movies will go head-to-head for the coveted Best Film prize, alongside The Imitation Game and Boyhood, which both received a host of nods.
The Grand Budapest Hotel also picked up a Leading Actor nomination for Fiennes, Director and Original Screenplay nods for Wes Anderson, and mentions in multiple technical categories including Music, Costume Design and Cinematography.
The Theory of Everything will also compete in the Best Leading Actor category for Eddie Redmayne, leading actress for Felicity Jones, Best British Film, Best Director for James Marsh, and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Birdman's Michael Keaton received another awards season nomination. The film's director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned a nod, as did supporting actors Edward Norton and Emma Stone.
The lead actor category is completed by Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), while other contenders for the female counterpart include Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes).
Further nominees for best director are Richard Linklater for Boyhood and Damien Chazelle for Whiplash.
Pride, Paddington, The Imitation Game, '71 and Under the Skin will compete for the Outstanding British Film title.
The winners will be announced at London's Royal Opera House on 08 February (15). The show will be hosted by Fry.
The main nominees are as follows:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actor:
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Leading Actress:
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actor:
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Rene Russo - Nightcrawler
Imelda Staunton - Pride
EE Rising Star Award:
Outstanding British Film:
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game
Under the Skin
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
James Marsh - The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Best Original Screenplay:
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Paul King - Paddington
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Best Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie
Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall and Eddie Redmayne have emerged as early favourites for the coveted Best Actor prize at next year's (15) Oscars. As movie critics sharpen their pencils to vote for the year's top film performances, it seems the 2015 Best Actor race will be one of the most fiercely fought.
Spall has been the top man since he won gold at Cannes for his lead role in biopic Mr. Turner, but now the Los Angeles Times has earmarked Keaton for the trophy, thanks to his role in Birdman, and The Hollywood Reporter is confident Redmayne's turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything will make him an Oscars season favourite.
The Hollywood Reporter recently honoured Redmayne and his co-stars Felicity Jones and James Marsh with a Breakthrough in Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and editors called the My Week With Marilyn star's performance "landmark".
Meanwhile, America's top critics have given Keaton the edge in the first serious odds list on awards season go-to website GoldDerby.com.
The former Batman is a 13/5 favourite, ahead of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Redmayne, while Spall and fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) also make the early top five.
GoldDerby's critics have given Amy Adams (Big Eyes) the Best Actress edge over fellow former Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), while the Best Picture race is wide open.
The early top picks are Boyhood, Birdman, Angelina Jolie's upcoming biopic Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Brad Pitt's Fury.
Stephen Hawking's life, work, and devotion to science might be doubly impressive because of his illness — a motor neuron disease that has rendered him almost completely physically paralyzed — but the fact of the matter is that they would be duly impressive anyhow. Often considered the smartest man alive, Hawking has contributed ideas to the field of theoretical physics that have revolutionized the way both the scientific community and the public understand space, time, and life itself. Hawking's innovative notions have changed the world, and even changed the way the world might from here on out be changed, all for the better. And we hope to get more than a glimpse of Hawking's work in the developing film The Theory of Everything, a biographical feature that seems determined to recount the struggles of the scholar upon the development of his debilitating disease.
Per the stasis of your standard biopic, The Theory of Everything appears most attentive to Hawking's personal hurdles... a particularly understandable route considering of the gravity of the man's physical hardships. But just as Hawking did not let his turmoils stand in the way of his work, we hope that director James Marsh allows the scientific machinations of an unparalleled mind to peer through. We want to see Hawking's imagination take form, his nearly superhuman understanding of the dimensions that constitute our universe come to life. We want to see everything the man has worked to teach this world on display.
It's difficult to tell from such a quick glimpse, but we're hoping that The Theory of Everything allows for this mission. While we'd revel in a powerful performance by Eddie Redmayne, portraying Hawking in what one imagines to be the most difficult chapter of his long life, what we really need in addition to this is the opportunity to step inside the magic of the genius' brain.
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If Divergent is right, residents of Chicago might want to get out and enjoy the sites while they can. In Veronica Roth's books, Tris Prior's Windy City is described as a fenced in community, split into five sections, that sits next to the giant marsh that was once Lake Michigan.
The film was shot entirely on location in Chicago, both throughout the city and at Cinespace Studios. The production even made a set of fake El tracks, since in the books Chicago's trains are the citizens' main mode of transportation. Apparently the Chicago Transit Authority balked at the idea of having people jumping on and off of the moving trains as they do in Divergent's future.
A number of the city's landmarks are mentioned throughout the book; based on the trailer, Chicago will play a vital role in the film as well. Featured prominently in the early clips was Navy Pier, which in the story is abandoned but still has its trademark Ferris wheel standing, as Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) climb the structure to get a better look of the city. The real Ferris wheel was given a make-over for the scenes so that it could appear rusty in the film.
Similarly, the book decribes the John Hancock Building in the city's famed shopping disctrict on Michigan Avenue as being empty and in poor repair, with Tris and her compatriots using it for ziplining. The film shot some of its exteriors on the real Michigan Ave.
The tallest structure in Chicago, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), remains a central part of life in Divergent, as Roth describes it as being the location of the all-important "choosing ceremony" where 16-year-olds must decide which of the city's five factions they'll live with. Reportedly, the production used the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist as a stand-in for the futuristic interior of the Willis.
The Erudite faction, home to Divergent's villian Jeanine Matthews, is described as controling the area surrounding downtown's Millennium Park, since one of the park's most famous sculptures The Cloud Gate (more commonly known as "The Bean") serves as a meeting place between Tris and her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort).
Tris' home faction of Abnegation isn't pinpointed in the book, but the production used the Wells Street area in South Chicago for the exteriors. It seems fitting that a faction that values selflessness would elect to take up the city's much maligned South Side as its home.
While not being familiar with Chicago won't interfere with the audiences enjoyment of the movie, those with connnections to the city will have a fun time watching what the filmmakers have done with its landmarks. Just as long as the dystopian changes remain in the distant future, since having Lake Michigan turn into a marsh would not do many favors to lake shore property values.
Divergent hits theaters March 21. You can check showtimes and purchase advanced tickets here.
Can we talk about Carey Mulligan for a second? She is everything. Between her past work in brilliant movies like Drive, Shame, and An Education (for which she received an Oscar nomination), and this year’s performance as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, it has to be acknowledged that Mulligan absolutely has the goods. And we have a few more reasons to get excited about the British actor and her impending rise to awesomeness. Here are a few details about her upcoming projects.
Inside Llewyn Davis
The new film from the Coen Brothers has everyone talking, and we can't wait for it to hit theatres either. We've only seen a couple of trailers, but there's a good chance that Mulligan's character Jean is already, most likely our favorite.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Mulligan will play the lead role of Bathsheba Everdene, a beautiful young woman who ends up in relationships with three very different men. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, we're not sure how the new adaptation will fare compared to the 1967 movie starring Julie Christie. The best part about the cast (other than Mulligan, of course), is Belgian hottie and Rust and Bone actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Fingers crossed that he plays one of the lovers.
Hold On To Me
We don't know too much about this next project, but we're excited to see Mulligan alongside Robert Pattinson, who's well on his way to shedding that Twilight image. Oscar-winner James Marsh is directing the film, and it looks like we can expect good things.
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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been a source of public intrigue ever since he skyrocketed to fame with his 1988 book A Brief History of Time. Since then, there have been countless biographies, documentary specials, and other sources information and entertainment about the celebrated scientist, but no one has ever dared to bring his life to the silver screen. Until now.
According to Deadline, Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire) is set to helm The Theory of Everything, an upcoming biopic about the enigma that is Stephen Hawking. The film will focus on the British physicist's relationship with his wife and his struggles to come to terms with his degenerative motor neuron disease. Presumably, the wife in question is his first, Jane Wilde, whom he married in 1965 but later left for one of his nurses, Elaine Mason, in the early 1990s (this pair later divorced amidst rumors of physical abuse by Mason).
Set to play Hawking in The Theory of Everything is fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne. The 31-year-old actor is best known for his role as Marius in the recent musical drama Les Misérables, but Redmayne, who won a Tony Award for his performance in the dramatic play Red, can do so much more than belt out "A Heart Full of Love." Throughout his career, he has proven his ability to take on many diverse roles, from noblemen in period pieces like Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Other Boleyn Girl, to an idealistic film student in My Week with Marilyn, to a nerdy Southern outcast traveling across Louisiana in The Yellow Handkerchief.
Theory of Everything is still very much in the development stage, but we're excited to see what Eddie Redmayne brings to this iconic role. The actor has big shoes to fill, but if his past work is any indication, he's up for it. Also, since we're talking academics. What is biopic + character with disability? Serious Oscar potential.
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Les Miserables star Eddie Redmayne has been tipped to portray renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in a new biopic. The British actor is close to signing on for Theory of Everything, which will document the professor's relationship with his wife, according to Deadline.com.
James Marsh is on board to direct and producers at Working Title are hoping to begin production this autumn (13).
Theory of Everything isn't the only Hawking movie in the works - a U.S. TV documentary entitled A Brief History of Mine is due to air on the PBS network later this year (13). It will feature commentary about the physicist's life from his famous pals, including actors Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
The Twilight star will appear as Mulligan's onscreen love interest in new thriller Hold On To Me, about a woman who kidnaps a wealthy man and buries him in a box while holding him to ransom, according to movie website Deadline.com.
Oscar-winning Man on Wire director James Marsh will take charge of the project, which is reportedly due to go into production next year (13).
The film is said to be based on a true story.
It's always good, when you've finished a career-defining role, to take a bit of a left turn on your subsequent projects. And Robert Pattinson is doing just that with the announcement of his newest role in a black comedy thriller.
Hold On To Me will star Carey Mulligan as a woman hell-bent on reuniting with her high school crush after her big city dreams go all wrong. So her and her boyfriend (an unwitting accomplice) kidnap and ransom (and later...bury in a box in the ground?) a wealthy local man in an attempt to get rich quick. Pattinson's character is named Jimmy, and it sounds like he is the high school flame Mulligan hopes to impress.
The film will be directed by James Marsh, was written by Brad Ingelsby, and will be produced by Indian Paintbrush‘s Steven Rales, Mark Roybal, Michael Pruss, and Alexandra Milchan. Todd Field is also set to produce after originally planning to direct but stepping out of that role in order to focus on helming Creed Of Violence. The film was originally titled Nancy and Danny.
Do you think Pattinson can handle a dark, comedic role? Let us know in the comments!
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