Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter - Oscar winning director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca stop for a coffee on a terrace in Amsterdam, were they are living together. - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 30th March 2014
'12 Years a Slave' Oscar win marks an incredible awards season for the slavery epic. privilege abdonimable Indomitable
Steve McQueen's epic slavery drama '12 Years a Slave' has won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The movie, which was co-produced by Brad Pitt, beat off competition from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and David O'Russell's American Hustle to win the evening's top prize.
Benedict Cumberbatch [R] and Chiwetel Ejiofor [L] in '12 Years A Slave'
Accepting the award, the movie's prducer Brad Pitt said: "Thank you for this incredible honor bestowed on our film tonight, I know I speak for everyone behind me (the cast & crew), it has been an absolute privilege to work on Solomon's story, and we all get to stand up here tonight because of one man who brought us all together...and that is the indomitable Steve McQueen."
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McQueen's Oscar-nominated film will be taught in schools
The gravity and sincerity expressed in Steve McQueen’s '12 Years a Slave' will help to educate children in America as the National School Boards Association has made it mandatory that U.S. public high schools add it to their curriculum in connection with talkshow host and spokesperson, Montel Williams.
“When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool,” Williams said in a statement. “This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future.”
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After Sunday's BAFTAs, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge hosted a special arts event at Buckingham Palace.
Last night, Buckingham Palace hosted a star-studded reception for some of the world's most talented stars of stage and screen. The Royal Reception for Dramatic Arts celebrated the Queen's 60 years as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the contribution of the dramatic arts to national life with a host of showbiz royalty paying the palace a visit.
The Queen Greeted The Hollywood Stars Who Paid Her A Visit At The Palace.
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, played host to a glittering line-up of stars, including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Roger Moore, John Hurt, Steve McQueen, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Laurie, Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Timothy Spall, Alan Bennett and Alan Rickman along with the actresses Uma Thurman, Joely Richardson, and Joan Collins.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have gone home without any individual BAFTAs at last night's British Academy Film Awards but the Hollywood power couple have been two of the most talked-about attendees since the glittering ceremony. The actors turned up at the event in the matching attire of tuxedos and black ties and Angelina served as her fiance's touch-up stylist, tweaking his bowtie on the red carpet.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Rocked Up In Matching Suits At The BAFTAs.
Whilst Brad kept his look polished and smart, Angelina opted to dress her look down with an open-necked shirt, loose silk tie and tousled hair. The Tomb Raider actress' choice to ditch a party frock in favour of a Saint Laurent blazer turned heads at the awards and made her the ceremony's style icon.
On a remarkable night at the BAFTAs, some remarkable performances were overlooked.
The Baftas delivered on certain promises, collating some of the world’s biggest stars and funneling them down a red carpet, giving a select few the chance to present an award, and, creating talking points as the perennial battle between who should have won and who did win continued to flare.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
Gravity was the night’s big success story as it was when it debuted at Venice all those months ago. The case for the film’s British credentials were never in doubt – BAFTA awards home soil movies and, given that the space thriller’s special effects were delivered by a British team in England, Gravity’s passport is a U.K one.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the coveted Best Director nod should have gone Alfonso Cuaron’s way. Despite the pure, exhilarating brand of entertainment delivered – almost old-school Hollywood – it’s hard to look past Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave when looking for someone more deserved of individual recognition.
Yes, 12 Years reeled in two magnificent awards: that of Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Film. Despite these high-profile gongs, though, there were other categories in which the slave drama missed out on, and almost certainly didn’t deserve to.
The supporting actor categories leap out as key pieces of evidence in the case of 12 Years a Slave. Barkhad Abdhi’s ascension this past 12 months has been a joy to watch, and his performance in Captain Phillips was touching and terrifying in equal measure. But he wasn’t better than Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps – the evil plantation owner with a scary infatuation with Patsy, played majestically by Lupita Nyong’o.
And, like a seasoned radio professional, that neat segway leads me on to the Best Supporting Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, which was – despite her current popularity and GIF-worthyness – a ridiculous decision. To put her role in American Hustle above Nyong’o’s in 12 Years was a travesty; to put it above newcomer Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins’ turn in Blue Jasmine is nothing short of wrong.
Continue reading: From 'Gravity' To Barkhad Abdi - Where The Baftas 2014 Got It Wrong
The Oscars auditions are going well for the cast and crew of 12 Years...
12 Years a Slave enjoyed another fruitful evening at an awards show last night when it picked up three gongs – including that of Best Film - at the British Critics’ Circle Awards.
12 Years a Slave is winning big as we approach Oscars night
Steve McQueen will have been disappointed not to be recognised as Best Director, though; the award heading the way of Alfonso Cuaron for his work on Gravity – a film that will be vying for similar honours on March 2 when The Academy close awards season for another year.
The '12 Years A Slave' actress was magnetic at this year's PGAs: we hail a bright new star.
As far as careers in acting go, Lupita Nyong'o has had one of the most impressive yet equally short stints in the spotlight. Barely out of her twenties, the actress has excelled in her first movie role in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave. Nyong'o is picking up awards and new nominations for her supporting role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender at an alarming rate with the golden prize - an Oscar - comfortably within her reach.
Lupita Nyong'o Explodes Into Hollywood With Critically Acclaimed Performance.
The weekend's Producers Guild Awards was forced to announce a tie between 12 Years and another of 2013's biggest movies, Gravity, which meant that the films had to share Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Whilst the award propels the best film Oscar closer into Gravity's grasp, it also signals a seemingly unbreakable chain of wins for the slavery drama.
Gravity and 12 Years a Slave tied at the PGA Awards 2014.
The PGA Awards 2014 welcomed an array of producers and actors to the red-carpet last night (19th January 2014). According to BBC News, the guild saw a first in both 12 Years A Slave and Gravity being awarded the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, forcing a never before seen tie at the awards ceremony.
George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity'
The 6,000 member guild attended the 25th Annual ceremony aware that there was razor-thin competition for some truly exceptional films of 2013/2014. Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt's 12 Years A Slave as well as David Heyman and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity were acclaimed in a field of highly recognised motion pictures such as David O. Russell's American Hustle, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Continue reading: A Tie? '12 Years A Slave' And 'Gravity' Share Prize At PGA Awards 2014
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
Both keen film aficionados and casual purveyors of cinema won’t have missed the Oscar nominations being released today. The usual suspects are in line, and there were some pretty high profile snubs, too. But at least we can get on with the most exciting part of awards season: arguing over which film will grab Best Picture.
It’s a strong category. 12 Years a Slave is the bookies favorite, with Steve McQueen’s deeply emotive slavery epic receiving 8 other nominations, including a Best Actor nod for the film’s lead, Chiwetel Ejiofor. But a surge in betting has seen American Hustle emerge as an interesting outsider, despite having cleaned up so far with various acting awards being doled out to the all star cast – none more so than current Hollywood darling, Jennifer Lawrence.
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With a few stand out movies, this year's academy has the look of inevitability about it.
A late surge in betting on American Hustle has rocked 12 Years a Slave’s dominance atop the odds charts, but as we approach the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations - Chris Hemsworth and Cheryl Boone Isaacs will tell us what’s what later on today – it’s pretty easy to name the films in line for the big prize.
Cumberbatch's Ford hands Northrup a violin in one of 12 Years' more touching moments
Nods for Steve McQueen’s emotive adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s book and David O Russell’s 70s period comedy drama are all but guaranteed, as are hat-tips towards Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity and Nebraska.
Bafta nominations give another boost to 12 Years a Slave, Johnny Depp is snapped filming Mortdecai, Godzilla promises character-based thrills, and trailers drop for tragic and comedic romances, an Irish adventure and an Imax trip to Madagascar...
The big news this week is the further escalation of awards-season fever. Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave continues to lead the field as the British Academy Film Awards announced its Bafta nominations this week - just as the movie opens in the UK. Chiwetel Ejiofor is now the odds-on favourite for both Bafta and Oscar best actor awards. Read our 12 Years a Slave Movie Review here or find out more about the film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's new film Mortdecai finished shooting in London and moved to Los Angeles, where he was snapped on set surrounded by actresses in bikinis. The action comedy follows Depp's title character on a quest for stolen art and Nazi gold. Costars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany, have been joined in California by Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum. Take a look at our 'behind the scenes' photos of Johnny Depp filming Mortdecai.
Finally, the British actor is getting the recognition he deserves
After dominating the critics awards and top 10 listings at the end of the year, 12 Years a Slave is the film to beat. And things got much more serious with this week's Bafta nominations, while the Golden Globes come this weekend and then Oscar nominations are out next Wednesday.
So by this time next week everyone should be able to pronounce Chiwetel Ejiofor's name properly. To impress your friends: it's CHEW-it-ell EDGY-oh-for.
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Much more than a film about 19th century slavery in America, this sharply well-told true story has a lot to say about the world we live in today. And as he did in Hunger and Shame, filmmaker Steve McQueen puts us right into the middle of the story so we live it ourselves. Watching this film is a riveting, unnerving and ultimately moving experience.
It's based on a firsthand account by Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a musician who is living with his family in 1841 Saratoga, New York, when two friendly men offer him a great gig. But they drug him and sell him to slave traders, who send him to New Orleans and strip him of his identity. He spends the next 12 years working for two masters. Ford (Cumberbatch) is a fair man who puts him under the watchful eye of the cruel Tibeats (Dano). Then he is sold to Epps (Fassbender), a harsh boss who sends him into cotton fields and angrily suspects that Solomon is more educated than he admits.
Made with an earthy, realistic style, there's a clear sense that McQueen and screenwriter Ridley stuck closely to the details of Northrup's memoir, which was published shortly after his release and became a bestseller at the time. By never indulging in Hollywood-style exaggeration, the events remain grounded in the characters, drawing on the spiky interaction between them. At the centre, Ejiofor is utterly magnetic, delivering a transparent performance that takes our breath away. In his terrified eyes, we experience this horror ourselves.
Continue reading: 12 Years A Slave Review
Director Steve McQueen joins the stars of '12 Years A Slave' to praise the immense level of acting skill that went into creating the movie. Among those actors were main star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.
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We stick our necks out and tell you who's walking home with what
Award season has been grumbling away like Smaug inside Erebor for the last few months; but dragon is slowly awakening. Since the Gotham awards last year, the perennial question of ‘who’ll win what?’ has echoed around the Internet, and the recently announced BAFTA nominations promise to shed some light on the eventual academy recipients.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
With that in mind, and with some tightly contested categories to work through, it’s time to start predicting who’ll take home the golden masks, before we start predicting who’ll take home the golden statuettes, you see.
See below for a full list of nominations
The Bafta nominations didn’t really throw up any surprises, with many of the year’s top actors, directors and films being recognised. The constant metronome of: ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ and ‘American Hustle’ still chimes away; the Oscar favourites are set to do battle.
Gravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations
So 'Gravity' leads the way with 11 nominations; it’ll go up against '12 Years a Slave' in the Best Film Category as well as 'American Hustle', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Philomena', a film the Alfonso Cuaron space thriller must also beat to win Outstanding British Film gong. 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', 'Rush', 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'The Selfish Giant' make up that category.
The '12 Years A Slave' director was heckled by a critic who should have known better.
Steve McQueen was the subject of some pretty ugly heckling at last night; New York Film Critics Circle Awards where a critic shouted insults at the director. As a critic, whether you like someone's work or not should be confined to your review but one man decided to step out of line and make things personal.
Steve McQueen Was The Victim Of Some Petty Heckling At An Awards Show Last Night.
However, Armond White, a New York critic, hated McQueen's latest movie, 12 Years A Slave, so much that he couldn't resist spewing a little hatred as the director took to the stage to collect his 'Best Director' award. "You're an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. F*** you. Kiss my ass," yelled White, according to Variety.
An unusual number of complex, well-acted movies made 2013 a very strong year at the cinema...
10. Behind The Candelabra - Sadly consigned to TV in America, this Liberace biopic's lavish production design deserves to be projected on the biggest screen possible. As do great performances from Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and a hilarious Rob Lowe.
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Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
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