Hugh Jackman had a very special night at the Tony Awards on Sunday (10Jun12) - his actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness surprised him with the Special Tony Award for his work onstage.
The Australian actor jetted to his adopted New York City for the prizegiving during a break in the filming of Les Miserables in Europe and was left speechless when his partner strutted out onstage to honour her "special man" with one of the night's big trophies.
Furness admitted she was thrilled to have her husband back after four months of filming on location, but she joked, "There's nothing more romantic after not seeing your husband for four months than to have our first night back together on a Broadway stage with 12 million people watching."
The actor stepped up onstage and told the audience, "She's (Furness) never kept a secret her entire life. (She said), 'I'm just off to the loo (restroom),' and I was like, 'OK, see you in a bit!'"
Jackman ended his acceptance speech by urging his "incredible" wife to share the spotlight with him and told her, "I love you with all my heart. I know how much you hate public speaking; this is probably the greatest thing you've ever done for me. Really. It means the world to me."
He wasn't the only actor paying a heartfelt tribute to his partner at the Tonys - British comedian James Corden singled out his girlfriend Julia Carey for a special mention during his Best Actor acceptance speech.
He said, "My girlfriend, Julia, gave birth to our son, like, five days before we started rehearsals and she's my baby momma and I can't wait to marry her.
"I would not be holding this if it wasn't for her. She made me say 'us' instead of 'I' and 'we' instead of 'me' and I love her."
Elsewhere, it was a huge night for the stage musical adaptation of hit movie Once, which picked up eight of its 10 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for star Steve Kazee.
Peter & the Starcatcher was another big hit at the Tonys, claiming four awards, while Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Newsies, and Nice Work if you Can Get It picked up two gongs apiece.
The list of winners is:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Judith Light (Other Desert Cities)
Best Orchestrations - Martin Lowe (Once)
Best Choreography - Christopher Gattelli (Newsies)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Michael McGraw (Nice Work if You Can Get It)
Best Book of a Musical - Enda Walsh (Once)
Best Sound Design of a Play - Darron L West (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Clive Goodwin (Once)
Best Direction of a Musical - John Tiffany (Once)
Best Direction of a Play - Mike Nichols (Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Christian Borle (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Judy Kaye (Nice Work if You Can Get It)
Best Costume Design of a Play - Paloma Young (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Gregg Barnes (Follies)
Best Original Score - Alan Menken & Jack Feldman (Newsies)
Best Revival of a Play - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Donyale Werle (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Bob Crowley (Once)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Natasha Katz (Once)
Best Play - Clybourne Park
Best Revival of a Musical - The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Steve Kazee (Once)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Audra McDonald (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess)
Best Musical - Once
Lifetime Achievement Award - Emanuel Azenberg
Regional Theatre Award - The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
Isabelle Stevenson Award - Bernadette Peters
Special Tony Award - Hugh Jackman
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
"People stop and say my baby is beautiful and in same breath say he looks nothing like me." Actress Selma Blair is both flattered and insulted by compliments strangers make about her baby boy Arthur Saint.
The Social Network star was in the middle of filming forthcoming superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man when he was offered the chance to make his Broadway debut in the latest revival of the Arthur Miller classic, and he jumped at the chance.
Garfield hit the New York stage in February (12), opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, and he immediately won over critics - even earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Featured Role at the upcoming event.
The 28 year old, who recently struggled through a bout of bronchitis while performing, admits his Broadway experience has been a dream come true, but he can't wait to give his body a break when the production wraps on Saturday night (02Jun12).
He tells the New York Daily News, "It's been a life-changing play to work on. A life-changing cast and director in Mike Nichols. But it costs you a lot. You're not allowed to fake it. There are times when I've thought, 'I can't do it justice.'
"Sometimes you feel you got it right and sometimes not. You're not a machine. It's exhilarating but enough is enough. I am sort of excited about not doing it."
But there is one post-theatre tradition Garfield will miss - the daily spaghetti dinners the cast enjoys together at a nearby restaurant after work.
He adds, "It's a necessity after doing a play like that together. You have to do something communal to get out of character. It's a balancing act."
Garfield won't have too much down time in between jobs - he will soon head out on a global press tour to promote The Amazing Spider-Man, in which he plays the web-slinging comic book superhero.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Broadway revival of Death Of A Salesman has broken the $1 million (£625,000) box office barrier. The critically acclaimed Arthur Miller play, directed by Mike Nichols' and co-starring Andrew Garfield, achieved the rare feat by raking in just a little over a million in ticket sales last week (ends 27May12).
The Social Network scriptwriter graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in 1983 and on Sunday (13May12) - nearly three decades after scooping up his diploma - Sorkin returned to the collegetown to allay graduate fears and share proof the prestigious school has prepared them well for a successful future.
Stepping up to the podium, he said, "It's been a long time since I sat where you sit... As a freshman drama student... I had a Play Analysis class that was part of my requirement...The problem was that the class was (at) 8:30 in the morning... and I dont know if you've noticed but from time to time the city of Syracuse experiences inclement weather. All this going to class, reading, and walking through snow with a windchill that's apparently powered by jet engine was having a negative effect...
"At one point being quizzed on Death of Salesman, a play I had not read, I gave an answer that indicated that I wasn't aware that at the end of the play the salesman dies. And I failed the class. I had to repeat it my sophomore year. It was depressing, frustrating and deeply-embarrassing and it (the class) was without a doubt the single most significant event that occurred in my evolution as a writer."
And Sorkin, who penned such hits as TV series The West Wing and Brad Pitt's Moneyball, is glad he paid attention the second time around, admitting the class paid off in the long run.
He added, "Eight years ago I was introduced to (Death of a Salesman playwright) Arthur Miller... and we spent a good part of the evening talking. A few weeks later when he came down with the flu he called me and asked if I could fill in for him as a guest lecturer at NYU (New York University). The subject was Death of a Salesman. You made a good decision coming to school here."
The Miss Congeniality star cut the big cheque to officials at Warren Eason Charter High School in New Orleans earlier this year (12) and now she's set to be inducted into its Hall of Fame for her generous contributions on 18 May (12).
As part of the ceremony, Bullock's funds will be divided among several graduating seniors in need of financial assistance as they prepare to further their education, according to Fox News.
The actress has a strong connection to the area - her adopted son Louis was born in the city, and in 2010 Bullock helped open an on-campus health clinic at the school after it sustained more than $4 million (£2.5 million) in damages in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
School board member Arthur Hardy previously praised Bullock's philanthropy, saying, "She has been our angel. We love her."
"Just wondering why people think my baby should wear socks in 70 degrees. When he walks it just makes him slip. GeeZ". Actress Selma Blair doesn't appreciate strangers giving her parenting advice. The star gave birth to son Arthur Saint last July (11).
The popular show has garnered nods across the board including the coveted Best Musical category at the 66th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
Once will go up against Leap of Faith, Newsies and Nice Work If You Can Get It for the top prize.
Meanwhile Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher and Venus in Fur will all compete for the Best Play accolade.
Hollywood star Phillip Seymour Hoffman is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his part in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and he'll go head-to-head with John Lithgow (The Columnist), Frank Langella (Man and Boy), James Earl Jones (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) and James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) for the honour.
Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play title for her turn in Wit but she'll face stiff competition from Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Stockard Channing (Other Desert Cities) and Linda Lavin (The Lyons).
Also landing mentions were new Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield for his feature role in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and David Alan Grier for his part in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
The winners will be unveiled at the prizegiving ceremony, hosted by funnyman Neil Patrick Harris, on 10 June (12) at The Beacon Theatre in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Other Desert Cities
Peter and the Starcatcher
Venus in Fur
Leap of Faith
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Book of a Musical:
Lysistrata Jones - Douglas Carter Beane
Newsies - Harvey Fierstein
Nice Work if You Can Get It - Joe Dipietro
Once - Enda Walsh
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
Bonnie & Clyde - Frank Wildhorn and Don Black
Newsies - Alan Menken and Jack Feldman
One Man, Two Guvnors - Grant Olding
Peter and the Starcatcher - Wayne Barker and Rick Elice
Best Revival of a Play:
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Best Revival of a Musical:
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
James Earl Jones - Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Frank Langella - Man and Boy
John Lithgow - The Columnist
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Nina Arianda - Venus in Fur
Tracie Bennett - End of the Rainbow
Stockard Channing - Other Desert Cities
Linda Lavin - The Lyons
Cynthia Nixon - Wit
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Danny Burstein - Follies
Jeremy Jordan - Newsies
Steve Kazee - Once
Norm Lewis - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Ron Raines - Follies
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Jan Maxwell - Follies
Audra McDonald - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Cristin Milioti - Once
Kelli O'Hara - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Laura Osnes - Bonnie & Clyde
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Christian Borle - Peter and the Starcatcher
Michael Cumpsty - End of the Rainbow
Tom Edden - One Man, Two Guvnors
Andrew Garfield - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Jeremy Shamos - Clybourne Park
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Linda Emond - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Spencer Kayden - Don't Dress for Dinner
Celia Keenan-Bolger - Peter and the Starcatcher
Judith Light - Other Desert Cities
Condola Rashad - Stick Fly
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Phillip Boykin - The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael Cerveris - Evita
David Alan Grier -The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Michael McGrath - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Josh Young - Jesus Christ Superstar
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Elizabeth A. Davis - Once
Jayne Houdyshell - Follies
Judy Kaye - Nice Work if You Can Get It
Jessie Mueller - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Da'Vine Joy Randolph - Ghost the Musical
Best Direction of a Play:
One Man, Two Guvnors - Nicholas Hytner
Clybourne Park - Pam MacKinnon
Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Mike Nichols
Peter and the Starcatcher - Roger Rees and Alex Timbers
Best Direction of a Musical:
Newsies - Jeff Calhoun
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - Diane Paulus
Once - John Tiffany
Evita - Rob Ashford
Newsies - Christopher Gattelli
Once - Steven Hoggett
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Kathleen Marshall
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Bill Elliott
Once - Martin Lowe
Newsies - Danny Troob.