56th British Academy Film Awards
The 56th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 23 February 2003 and honoured the best films of 2002. The Pianist won Best Best Director for Roman Polanski. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Gangs of New York and Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for The Hours. Christopher Walken won Best Supporting Actor for Catch Me If You Can and Catherine Zeta-Jones won Best Supporting Actress for Chicago; the Warrior, directed by Asif Kapadia, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2002. Most wins2 Chicago, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist, Road to Perdition, Talk to Her Most nominations3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2 About a Boy, Dirty Pretty Things, The Magdalene Sisters, Y Tu Mamá También "Gangs of New York and Chicago dominate BAFTAs". Daily Mail "BAFTA nominations list". Daily Mail Allison, Rebecca. "Britain's big Bafta night as The Hours has the edge on Hollywood blockbusters". The Guardian "Stars arrive for BAFTAs".
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Anthony Minghella, was a British film director and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The English Patient. In addition, he received three more Academy Award nominations. Minghella was born in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England, a popular holiday resort, his family are well known on the Island, where they ran a café in Ryde until the 1980s and have run an eponymous business making and selling Italian-style ice cream since the 1950s. His parents were Leeds-born Gloria Alberta, his mother's ancestors came from Valvori, a small village in the Lazio region of central Italy. He was one of five children, a sister being Loretta Minghella, a brother Dominic Minghella who would become a screenwriter and producer. Minghella attended St. Mary's Catholic Primary School, Sandown Grammar School, St John's College, Portsmouth. Early interests suggested a possible career as a musician, with Minghella playing keyboards with local bands Earthlight and Dancer.
The latter recorded an album Tales of the Riverbank in 1972 although it was not released until 2001. He attended the University of Hull; as an undergraduate he had arrived at university with an EMI contract for the band in which he sang and played keyboard. Minghella graduated after three years, continued on to pursue a PhD, he taught at the university as well for several years, on Samuel Beckett and on the medieval theatre. He abandoned his pursuit of a PhD to work for the BBC, his debut work was a stage adaptation of Gabriel Josipovici's Mobius the Stripper and it was his Whale Music that brought him notice. His double bill of Samuel Beckett's Play and Happy Days was his directorial debut and debut feature film as a director was A Little Like Drowning. During the 1980s, he worked in television, starting as a runner on Magpie before moving into script editing the children's drama series Grange Hill for the BBC and writing The Storyteller series for Jim Henson, he wrote several episodes of the ITV detective drama Inspector Morse and an episode of long-running ITV drama Boon.
Made in Bangkok found mainstream success in the West End. Radio success followed with a Giles Cooper Award for the radio drama Cigarettes and Chocolate first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1988, it was revived on 3 May 2008 as a tribute to its author director following his death. His production starred Bill Nighy and Jenny Howe, his first radio play Hang Up, starring Anton Lesser and Juliet Stevenson, was revived on 10 May 2008 as part of the BBC Radio 4 Minghella season. Madly, Deeply, a feature drama written and directed for the BBC's Screen Two anthology strand, bypassed TV broadcast and instead had a cinema release, he bypassed an offer of another Inspector Morse directorial to do the project, the latter he believed would have been a much higher-profile assignment. The English Patient brought him two Academy Awards nominations, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay, he received an Adapted Screenplay nomination for The Talented Mr. Ripley; the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, a pilot episode television adaptation which he co-wrote and directed, was broadcast posthumously on BBC One.
He vocally supported I Know I'm Not Alone, a film of musician Michael Franti's peacemaking excursions into Iraq and Israel. He directed a party election broadcast for the Labour Party in 2005; the short film depicted Tony Blair and Gordon Brown working together and was criticised for being insincere: "The Anthony Minghella party political broadcast last year was full of body language fibs", said Peter Collett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford. "When you are talking to me, I'll give you my full attention only if I think you are high status or if I love you. On that party political broadcast, they are staring at each other like lovers, it is false."With Samuel Beckett's 100th birthday celebrations, he returned to radio on BBC Radio 3 with Eyes Down Looking, with: Jude Law, Juliet Stevenson and David Threlfall. An operatic directorial debut came with Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Premiered at the English National Opera at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and at the Metropolitan Opera.
The latter was transmitted live into cinemas worldwide as part of the Met's HD series and is now available on DVD. The ENO work was to have led to other operatic projects, directing again at English National Opera and collaborating with Osvaldo Golijov on a new opera for the Met and ENO, writing the libretto and directing the production, he was honoured with the naming of The Anthony Minghella Theatre at the Quay Arts Centre. He made an appearance in the 2007 film Atonement as a television host interviewing the novelist central to the story, his last work was the screenplay of the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Nine. It is based on the film 8½, he shared credit with Michael Tolkin on the screenplay. The Film, Theatre & Television department at the University of Reading, opened in 2012, was named in his honour. Minghella met his first wife, Yvo
Tom McCarthy (director)
Thomas Joseph McCarthy is an American film director and actor who has appeared in several films, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, Good Luck, television series such as The Wire, Boston Public, Law & Order, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. McCarthy has received critical acclaim for his writing/direction work for the independent films The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, Spotlight, the last of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, won McCarthy the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. Additionally, McCarthy co-wrote the film Up with Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, for which they received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. McCarthy wrote the film Million Dollar Arm and served as a director and executive producer for the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why. McCarthy was raised in New Providence, New Jersey, one of five children of Carol and Eugene F. "Gene" McCarthy.
McCarthy was raised Catholic, in a family of Irish descent. McCarthy is a graduate of New Providence High School in New Jersey. McCarthy spent several years doing stand-up comedy and theater in Minneapolis and Chicago before going into television and film, he starred in Flags of Our Fathers as James Bradley and the final season of The Wire as the morally challenged reporter Scott Templeton. He made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of Noises Off! McCarthy's directorial debut, The Station Agent, which he wrote, won the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. The Station Agent won awards at film festivals ranging from San Sebastian to Stockholm, Mexico City, Aspen. McCarthy's second feature film was The Visitor, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. For The Visitor, McCarthy won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director.
McCarthy appeared in the 2009 dramas The Lovely Bones and 2012. In 2010, McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the animated film Up, he co-wrote and directed 2011's Win Win based on his experiences as a wrestler at New Providence High School. McCarthy's most recent film, the independent drama film Spotlight, received widespread acclaim following its release in 2015; the film received 6 Academy Awards nominations, 3 Golden Globe Awards nominations, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, 8 Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations. McCarthy directed the first two episodes of 13 Reasons Why, from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television; the show is based on the 2007 New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher. Tom McCarthy on IMDb Tom McCarthy at Rotten Tomatoes Thomas McCarthy at Metacritic Thomas J. McCarthy at AllMovie
British Academy Film Awards
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to honour the best British and international contributions to film. The ceremonies were held at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London, before being held at the Royal Opera House from 2008 to 2016. Since 2017, the ceremony has been held at the Royal Albert Hall in London; the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy, by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell and others. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television, which became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976; the stated charitable purpose of BAFTA is to "support and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, benefiting the public".
In addition to high-profile awards ceremonies, BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events, including film screenings and tribute evenings. BAFTA is supported by a membership of about 6,000 people from the film and video game industries; the Academy's awards are in the form of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe, in response to a commission from the Guild of Television Producers in 1955. The ceremony took place in April or May, but since 2001 it has been held in February in order to precede the Academy Awards. Most of the awards are open to all nationalities, though there are awards for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. Only UK films are eligible for the categories of The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards; the Awards ceremony is delayed broadcast on British television the same evening, across the world. In the United States it is shown on BBC America, it has been broadcast in colour since 1970.
During each annual ceremony, BAFTA pauses in memoriam to pay tribute to those in the industry who have died over the past 12 months, showcasing a montage of images accompanied by music. The award ceremony is held in London. From 2000 to 2007, the ceremonies took place at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. Between 2008 and 2016, the ceremonies took place at the Royal Opera House; the 70th Awards in 2017, subsequent ceremonies, were held at the Royal Albert Hall. Until 2012, the mobile telephone network Orange sponsored the awards. Orange's parent company, EE, took over the sponsorship of the event from 2013. BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best British Actor BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor BAFTA Award for Best British Actress BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress BAFTA United Nations Award. BAFTA Fellowship The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award British Academy of Film and Television Arts British Academy Television Awards Official website BAFTA Awards database Museum of Broadcast Communications: BAFTA IMDB: BAFTA
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy adventure film co-produced, co-written, directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, it is the last installment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, preceding The Hobbit film trilogy. Released on 17 December 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became one of the most critically and commercially successful films of all time, is considered one of the greatest films made, it was the second film to gross $1 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film released by New Line Cinema, as well as the biggest financial success for Time Warner in general at the time. The film was the highest-grossing film of 2003 and, by the end of its theatrical run, the second highest-grossing film in history; as of February 2019, it is the twenty second highest-grossing film of all time. At the 76th Academy Awards, it won all 11 Academy Awards for which it was nominated, therefore holding the record for the highest clean sweep at the Oscars.
The wins included the award for the first time a fantasy film had done so. The film jointly holds the record for most Academy Awards won by a single film with Ben-Hur and Titanic. Two Hobbits, Sméagol and Déagol, are fishing. Sméagol is ensnared by the Ring, kills his friend for it, he retreats into the Misty Mountains as the Ring twists his body and mind, until he becomes the creature Gollum. Centuries Gandalf leads Aragorn, Legolas and King Théoden to Isengard, where they reunite with Merry and Pippin. Gandalf retrieves the defeated Saruman's palantír. Pippin looks into the seeing-stone, is telepathically attacked by Sauron. Gandalf deduces, he rides there to warn Gondor's steward Denethor, taking Pippin with him. Gollum leads Frodo Samwise Gamgee to Minas Morgul; the hobbits begin climbing a stair carved in the cliff face that will take them into Mordor via a'secret way' - unaware that Gollum plans to kill them and take the Ring. Sauron's army strikes and overwhelms Osgiliath, forcing Faramir and his garrison to retreat to Minas Tirith.
Gollum disposes of the Hobbits' food. Frodo tells Sam to go home, before Frodo and Gollum continue to the tunnel leading to Mordor, where Gollum tricks him into venturing into the lair of the giant spider Shelob. Frodo narrowly escapes and confronts Gollum, telling him that he must destroy the Ring for both their sakes. Gollum falls down a chasm. Frodo continues on, but Shelob discovers and binds him. However, Sam drives her away. Sam hides as Orcs take Frodo with them. Sam follows the Orcs into the Tower of Cirith Ungol, frees Frodo so they can continue their journey. Aragorn learns from Elrond that Arwen is dying, having refused to leave Middle Earth after seeing a vision of her son with Aragorn. Elrond gives Aragorn Andúril, Isildur's sword Narsil reforged, so he can reclaim his birthright while gaining reinforcements from the Dead Men of Dunharrow. Joined by Legolas and Gimli, Aragorn travels to the Paths of the Dead, recruiting the Army of the Dead by pledging to release them from the curse Isildur put on them.
Faramir is gravely wounded after a futile effort to retake Osgiliath. Gandalf is left to defend the city against the Orc army, led by Gothmog; as Gothmog's army forces its way into the city, Denethor attempts to kill himself and Faramir on a pyre. Pippin alerts Gandalf and they save Faramir, but a burning Denethor leaps to his death from the top of Minas Tirith just before Théoden and his nephew, Éomer, arrive with the Rohirrim. During the ensuing battle, they are overwhelmed by the Oliphaunt-riding Haradrim, while the Witch-king of Angmar mortally wounds Théoden. Though Théoden's niece Éowyn destroys the Witch-King with Merry's help, Théoden dies of his wounds. Aragorn arrives with the Army of the Dead, who win the battle. Aragorn decides to lead his army upon the Black Gate as a distraction, so Frodo and Sam can get to Mount Doom. Aragorn's army draw out Sauron's forces and empties Mordor, allowing Frodo and Sam to reach the volcano, but Gollum attacks them just as they reach Mount Doom. Frodo claims it as his own.
Gollum bites his finger off to reclaim the Ring. Frodo fights back and knocks Gollum, holding the Ring, into the volcano, destroying the Ring and killing Gollum; as Frodo and Sam escape, Sauron is destroyed and Mordor crumbles. Gandalf flies in with eagles to rescue the Hobbits, who awaken in Minas Tirith and are reunited with the surviving Fellowship members. Aragorn takes Arwen as his queen; the Hobbits return home to the Shire. A few years Frodo departs Middle Earth for the Undying Lands with his uncle Bilbo and the Elves, he leaves Sam the Red Book of Westmarch. Sam returns to the Shire, where he embraces Rosie and their children. Like the preceding films in the trilogy, The Return of the King has an ensemble cast, some of the cast and their respective characters include: Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins: a young hobbit who continues his quest to destroy the One Ring. Ian McKellen as Gandalf: a wizard who travels to aid the Men of Gondor, acting as a general at the Siege of Gondor. Sean Astin as
Cold Mountain (film)
Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling 1997 novel of the same name by Charles Frazier, it stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger with Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone in supporting roles. The film tells the story of a wounded deserter from the Confederate army close to the end of the American Civil War, on his way home to the woman he loves; the film was a co-production of companies in the US, UK, Romania. Cold Mountain won several major awards. Renée Zellweger won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the film, it was a success at the box office and became a sleeper hit grossing more than double its budget worldwide. When North Carolina secedes from the Union on May 20, 1861, the young men of Cold Mountain hurry to enlist in the Confederate States Army. Among them is W.
P. Inman, a carpenter who has fallen in love with Ada Monroe, a preacher's daughter who had come from Charleston, South Carolina to care for her ailing father, their whirlwind courtship is interrupted by the war, but they share their first kiss the day Inman leaves for the army. Before parting ways, Ada promises Inman. Three years Inman fights in the Battle of the Crater and survives. Inman is wounded in a skirmish. Inman recovers and deserts, embarking on a long trek back to Cold Mountain. Inman encounters a corrupt preacher named Veasey, about to drown his pregnant slave lover. Inman stops Veasey, leaves him tied up to face the town's justice. Exiled from his parish, Veasey joins Inman on his journey, they help a young man named Junior dispose of a bull cadaver, join him and his sordid family for dinner. Junior leaves and returns with the Confederate Home Guard, who take Inman and Veasey away along with other deserters. During a skirmish with Union cavalry and the group are killed while Inman is left for dead.
Inman meets a grieving young widow named Sara and her infant child Ethan, stays the night at her cabin. The next morning, three Union soldiers arrive demanding food. Back in Cold Mountain, Ada's father has died, leaving her with no money and few means to run their property's farm in Black Cove, she survives on the kindness of her neighbors Esco and Sally Swanger, who send for Ruby Thewes—Stobrod's daughter—to help. Ruby moves in and together they bring the farm to working order, becoming close friends. Meanwhile, Ada writes constant letters to Inman in hopes of meeting him again and renewing their romance. Ada has several tense encounters with Captain Teague, the leader of the local Home Guard who covets Ada and her property, whose grandfather had once owned much of Cold Mountain. One day and his men kill Esco, torture Sally to coax her deserter sons out of hiding and kill them as well. Ada and Ruby rescue Sally, traumatized and rendered mute; the women celebrate Christmas with Stobrod, who has deserted and arrived to Cold Mountain with traveling companions Pangle, a simple-minded banjo player, Georgia, a mandolin player to whom Ruby is attracted.
While camping in the woods one night and Pangle are cornered by Teague and the Guard while Georgia watches from hiding. Georgia escapes and informs Ruby and Ada, who return to the scene to find Pangle dead and Stobrod badly wounded; the women remove a bullet from Stobrod's back, they take shelter in an abandoned Cherokee camp. Ada goes hunting for food and is reunited with Inman, who has returned to Cold Mountain, they return to the camp, spend the night consummating their love for one another. Leaving Inman and Stobrod to hide at the camp and Ruby are surrounded by Teague and his men, having captured and tortured Georgia for their whereabouts. Inman kills Teague and most of his band in a gunfight, he chases Teague's lieutenant and exchanges fast draws. Ada comforts Inman, who dies in her arms. Years it is revealed that Ada's night with Inman had produced a daughter, Grace Inman, that Ruby has married Georgia bearing two children. With Stobrod and Sally, the family celebrates Easter together at Black Cove.
The most obvious historical inaccuracy occurs early in the film with the giant explosion that kicked off the Battle of the Crater, during the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia. The scene was filmed in broad daylight, although the actual explosion occurred in pre-dawn darkness at 4:44 a.m. Several scholars of historical studies reviewed the movie for its representation of North Carolina during the Civil War the state's mountainous western region, their justification is the effect popular media have on national and worldwide perceptions of Appalachian people southern Appalachians in this case. The opinions vary, but the consensus among them is the historical context of the movie is close to the scholarship. Although these scholars disagree about the accuracy of particular elements of the movie, they agree that the story gets at least
Love Actually is a 2003 Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. It features an ensemble cast, many of whom had worked with Curtis in previous film and television projects; the screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate stories involving a wide variety of individuals, many of whom are shown to be interlinked as the tales progress. Most of the film was filmed on location in London; the story begins five weeks before Christmas and is played out in a weekly countdown until the holiday, followed by an epilogue that takes place one month later. The film was released in the United States on 14 November 2003, it opened in the United Kingdom one week to positive reviews. The film was a box-office success, grossing $247 million worldwide on a budget of $40–45 million, it received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture -- Comedy. Shown during the Christmas season, the film has proved more popular with audiences than critics, it has been discussed as being arguably a modern-day Christmas classic.
The film begins with a voiceover from David commenting that whenever he gets gloomy about the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals terminal at Heathrow Airport, the pure uncomplicated love felt as friends and families welcome their arriving loved ones. David's voiceover relates that all the messages left by the people who died on the 9/11 planes were messages of love and not hate; the film tells the'love stories' of many people: With the help of his longtime manager Joe and roll legend Billy Mack records a Christmas variation of The Troggs' "Love Is All Around". Although he thinks the record is terrible, Mack promotes the release in the hope it will become the Christmas number one single, which it does. After celebrating his victory at a party hosted by Sir Elton John, Billy discerns that Joe is in need of affection and suggests that he and Joe celebrate Christmas by getting drunk and watching porn. Juliet and Peter's marriage is videotaped by Mark. Although both Juliet and Peter believe that Mark dislikes Juliet, he is in love with her.
When Mark evades Juliet's requests to see the video he made at the wedding, Juliet visits Mark. She says she wants them to be friends and, when she finds and views the wedding video, it turns out to be just adoring close-ups of her. After an uncomfortable silence, Mark blurts out that he snubs her out of "self-preservation." On Christmas Eve, Juliet answers the doorbell to find Mark carrying a boombox playing Christmas songs and large cue cards, on which he has written, without expectation of reciprocation, that he loves her. As he walks away, Juliet runs. Writer Jamie is pushed by his girlfriend to attend Juliet and Peter's wedding alone, as she feigns illness, he returns between the ceremony and the reception to check on her, discovers that she is having an affair with his brother. Crushed, Jamie withdraws to his French cottage, where he meets Portuguese housekeeper Aurélia, who does not speak English. Despite their inability to communicate, they become attracted to each other; when Jamie returns to England, he realises he is in love with Aurélia and begins learning Portuguese.
He returns to France to find her and ends up walking through town, gathering people as they walk to her job at a restaurant. In broken Portuguese he proposes, she says yes, in broken English. Harry is the managing director of a design agency. Harry is comfortably married to his wife, who stays home to raise their children. Harry becomes aroused by Mia's overtly sexual behaviour at the office and does nothing to dissuade her. At the company Christmas party held at Mark's gallery, he not only enquires if Mark is her boyfriend, but dances with her. While at the shops, he calls Mia to find out what she wants for Christmas and ends up caught by his wife purchasing an expensive necklace from the jewellery department thanks to the salesman Rufus. On, Karen discovers the necklace in Harry's coat pocket and assumes it is a gift for her; when she finds a shaped box under the tree to open on Christmas Eve, she is heartbroken to find it is a Joni Mitchell CD, meaning that the necklace was for someone else.
She asks him what he would do if he were her. She says. Karen's brother, David, is the elected Prime Minister. Natalie is a new junior member of the household staff at 10 Downing Street. During a meeting with the U. S. President, they run into Natalie and the president makes some inappropriate comments to David about Natalie's body. David walks in on Natalie serving tea and biscuits to the president, it appears that something untoward is happening. Natalie seems ashamed. At the following joint press conference, David is uncharacteristically assertive while taking a stand against the president's intimidating policies. Finding that his relationship with Natalie has become strained and a distraction, David has her moved to another job. However, he is spurred to action on Christmas Eve when he finds a Christmas card from Natalie declaring that she is his and no one else's. After a door-to-door search of her street, he comes across Mia, who informs him that Natalie lives next door