Alan Rickman By Performance

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Celebrities attends the U.K Premiere of "A Little Chaos" at the Odeon Kensington in London. Featuring: Alan Rickman Where: London, United Kingdom When: 13 Apr 2015 Credit: Euan Cherry/WENN.com

Alan Rickman isn’t done with us just yet, we’ll still get to see his talents in the frthcoming Eye in the Sky and hear that famous voice in Alice Through the Looking Glass. That will round off a body of work that, on screen, didn’t happen in a big way until his 40’s.

I’ve picked my favourite Rickman roles, not all his most famous, or perhaps even best, but that ones that I enjoyed most.

Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves

It was the first film I ever saw him in, in the dark of the cinema it was like a sledgehammer of just what an actor was capable of as he burst onto the scene and the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. I loved it. I devoured the video on repeat just to watch him. I learned later it was a role he’d turned down several times until the director agreed to let him play the role as he wanted, and what a stroke of luck that was.

Sweeney Todd

Musical and Alan Rickman aren’t two words you instantly put together but Sondheim requires actors first and foremost and as the cruel and controlling Judge Turpin, he’s glorious. It doesn’t matter if he can sing at all, you just watch his duet with Depp and smile.

Bottle Shock

I love this little film, and Rickman’s performance as a wine expert who sets out to find the best California has to offer is sublime. Gently funny and yet with an undertone of frustration and weariness.

Galaxy Quest

It’s fair to say Galaxy Quest has become something of a cult favourite. Rickman’s performance as Alexander Dane, a snobbish Shakespearean thesp who can’t come to terms with his role on a naff sci-fi show.

Dogma

Proving he could switch sublimely between comedy and drama, Rickman’s turn a Metatron, the Voice of God in Dogma was a world away from anything he’d done before. Sarcastic, dry, and yet tender he stands out in in an all star cast.

Truly, Madly, Deeply

A role that seems just a little more poiniant today. The warm, beautiful Jamie who comes back to Nina after he’s died. It’s stunning, funny and heartbreaking.

Blow Dry

He might be famous for the villains but my god was he good at the comedy. Blow Dry went largely unnoticed despite really great cast, but his role as a retired hairdresser in a Yorkshire town, is glorious.

Sense & Senseability

The one who was there all the time, quietly waiting. Enough said.

Oscar Nominations 2016

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They’re here! Yep, it’s Oscar time. I’m sorry, I love awards season.  Generally it’s all good, I mean I’m thrilled about the immense presence of Mad Max; Fury Road, confused by all the love for Stallone, baffled at the lack of Tarantino, and slightly annoyed about Todd Haynes and Ridley Scott missing out.  But in the same breath I’m THRILLED, about Tom Hardy being nominated, chuffed to bits for Mark Rylance and Charlotte Rampling and warmed to see Room doing so wonderfully.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this is finally Leo’s year. It took eating raw bison liver to get there, but I think he might have it. I still say Best Actress is open, we’ll see what happen with SAG, Brie Larson might just have the edge never discout the Blanchett!

Full nominations below;

Best Picture:
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Bridge of Spies
Spotlight
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett
Brie Larson
Jennifer Lawrence
Charlotte Rampling
Saoirse Ronan

Best Actor:
Matt Damon
Leo DiCaprio
Michael Fassbender
Eddie Redmayne
Bryan Cranston

Directing:
Adam McKay
George Miller
Alejandro Inarritu
Tom McCarthy
Lenny Abrahamson

Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

Original Score:
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Hateful 8
Sicario
Star Wars

Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short
The Martian
Room
Brooklyn
Carol

Production Design:
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Supporting Actress:
Alicia Vikander
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Rachel McAdams
Rooney Mara
Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale
Tom Hardy
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Rylance
Sylvester Stallone

Best Costume Design:
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Giel
Mad Max
The Revenant

Best Original Song:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Racing Extinction
Spectre
The Hunting Ground
Youth

Animated Film:
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep
When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary:
Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter of Fire

Cinematography:
Carol
The Hateful Eigh
Fury Road
The Revenant

Alan, We Loved You, Truly, Madly, Deeply

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It’s a cruel world we live in, when brilliant, creative people are taken from us before their time. I hate it. For me, Alan will always be The Sherrif of Nottingham, that’s really when I first discovered his talents. For others he will be Hans Gruber and for an entire generation he will be always be Severus Snape. Whoever he was to you, however you discovered this man’s amazing talent, we can all agree that without him the world is a darker place.

Watch the 2016 Oscar Nominations Livestream right HERE!

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Join us here at 1.30pm (GMT) to watch Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee announce the first wave of 2016 Academy Award Nominees before John Krasinski and Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the names up for all the big awards!

The Return of Penny Dreadful

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Penny Dreadful? More like Penny Awesome. Oh that’s terrible, I do apologise. But in all seriousness, I do love this show. There’s shows I get round to every week and there are shows I dive on and this, I dive on. I devour it. Truth be told, that’s largely down to the incredible performance of Eva Green every week. But, having never really been a Josh Hartnett fan, I have to admit, in this I find him immensely watchable. Billie Piper too, has proven just how good she can be, her transofrmation as Lily last season from vulnerable to quite possible the most evil of all characters on the show, was truly glorious. One of Penny Dreadful’s strengths is also scattering the cast with exceptional actors in smaller roles, Simon Russell Beale, Helen McRory, Patti Lupone, Rory Kinnear.

So, Season 3 is on it’s way! Debuting on May 1 actually, but Showtime have released the first trailer and it’s as beautiful and dark and compelling as ever.

Evening Standard British Film Awards Nominations

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Oh yes, another day, another list of film award nominations! We’re all just building up to the big one aren’t we, really?

I sort of love these awards because, they are so Brit-centric. That means that someone who deserves some recognition but has missed out elsewhere.

For me, one of the nicest things is to see both Charlotte Rampling and Tom Coutrney recognised for their work on 45 Years as well as Olivia Coleman for The Lobster. And High Rise, oh High Rise, just wait and see!

Here’s the full list of nominations;

Best Film

Brooklyn

45 Years

High-Rise

The Lobster

Best Actor

Tom Courtnay (45 Years)

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation )

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs/Macbeth)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Emily Blunt (Sicario)

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Blockbuster of the Year

Avengers;Age of Ultron

Fifty Shades of Grey

Furious 7

Inside Out

Jurassic World

Home

Hunger Games; Mockingjay Pt 2

Minions

Spectre

Star Wars; The Force Awakens

Best Screenplay

Emma Donoghue (Room)

Nick Hornby (Brooklyn)

Carol Morley (The Falling)

Rising Star

Tom Browne (director, Radiator)

Jake Davies (X+Y)

Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song)

Maisie WIlliams (The Falling)

Award for Comedy (Film or Performance)

Bill (director Richard Bracewell, writers Laurence Rickard & Ben Willbond)

Olivia Coleman (The Lobster)

Colin Farrell (The Lobster)

Emma Thompson (The Legend of Barney Thompson)

Technical Achievment

Rodger Deakins (cinematographer, Sicario)

Mark Digby (production designer, Ex Machina)

Michael McDonough (cinematographer, Sunset Song)

Mark Tildesley (production designer, High-Rise)

Best Documentary

Amy

My Nazi Legacy

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W Casting Call

I love all of W Magazine’s videos, but this has to be a favourite. 29 actors were asked to deliever two famous lines from Gone with the Wind. Everyone will have their favourites, but that look in Eddie Redmayne’s eyes…..

So, the Golden Globes

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Well, we have to talk about it. Whatever your view of the HFPA, (do you have one?) you have to admit that the Golden Globes marks the official start to the insanity of awards season.

Okay, so some of their choices can seem a little, um, random. The Martian landing in the comedy or musical film category (!), Lady Gaga (!). But for every WTF, there’s the fact that in their own way the HFPA give awards to shows and performances that might not get the recognition they deserve otherwise.

Last night that came in the shape of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, who took home prizes for Best TV Comedy and Best Actor in a TV Comedy or Musical for Gael Garcia Bernal. It’s a show that, via Twitter, it soon became clear few people were actually watching. I’ve been a fan from the get-go, it’s a quirky little gem with a charming performance by Bernal and if you haven’t already watched it, I urge you to seek it out and give it a go.

Beyond that, look I’ll be honest, I didn’t get as excited for any other win more than I did for when Oscar Isaac won for his stunning performance in Show Me A Hero. It’s pretty good to be Isaac right now, Star Wars, X-Men; Apocolypse coming later this year, the fact he’s basically the internet’s boyfriend right now. But here’s the thing, this won’t be the last time you see that man win an award, I can promise you that. If anything, he’s long overdue the kind of fame and recognition that’s suddenly been heaped on him.

But there were some annoying misses too. How the hell did Alicia Vikander walk away empty handed? Alongside Eddie Redmaynes more flashy, baity role in The Danish Girl, it’s Vikander who is the heart of the movie and to lose for Ex-Machina too (tho I love Kate Winslet winning anything), it just seemed criminal somehow. And I’m mad about Eva Green too. Really mad. If you’ve watched Penny Dreadful you know what I mean. She’s nothing short of masterful on that show, it’s as simple as that. Taraji P Henson’s Cookie Lyon in Empire may have thundered into pop culture significance, but to watch Eva Green’s slow fight against darkness over two seasons has been breathtaking.

My only other real peeve of the evening was Paul Dano missing out on a win for his role as Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy to Sylvester Stallone. But I would have been equally happy to see Idris Elba or the wonderful Mark Rylance up there. Beyond that, it was all, ‘yay Maura Tierney’, ‘bravo Christian Slater’ and ‘hurray Wolf Hall’.

I’m not entirely convinced that Brie Larsons win for Room marks her as an Oscar front runner just yet, not when Cate Blanchett is in the fight. You never count out Blanchett. But I do think that Leonardo diCaprio’s win for The Revenant, will only serve to reinforce his campaign. Hollywood likes and respects him, he’s deserved that Oscar a few times over by now, but like Winslet, they’re going to make him work for it. I’d say Inarritu is a sure bet for all the directing awards this season, and rightly so, and The Revenant and The Martian are up there for Best Picture, but I did love Spotlight and The Danish Girl.

And what about the ceremony itself? It took all of, ooh, a minute for me to miss Tina and Amy. I don’t dislike Ricky Gervais actually, but that opening monolouge was awful. Though I will say I laughed out loud at his introduction of Matt Damon, “He’s also the only person who Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to. Please welcome, Matt Damon!” Watching Damon struggle to keep a laugh at bay whilst also looking obviously uncomfortable was kind of brilliant.

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Jonah Hill’s appreance with Channing Tatum (side stepping the hair) in a skit where he played the bear from The Revenant was deeply unfunny. Just remember that Jonah Hill has more Oscar nominations than Gary Oldman. Think about that for a moment.

But there was some joy (pardon the pun) in the shape of Hollywoods favourite BFF’s Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence. The answer is yes. Yes, we do want to be part of their squad, and yes, we’re excited for their movie together too. #AmyalltheHemsworths

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Eva Longoria and America Ferrera threw some hilarious shade at Hollywood racism with a joke about Latina actresses, ‘neither of us is Rosario Dawson’, while Aziz Ansari had the nights best cut away joke, even if Gael Garcia Bernal did win.

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All in all, it wasn’t a bad night, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt ended up on stage together after all…..

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