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Potter Stars Nominated for National Film Awards
Posted by Megs

A few Harry Potter alumni have been nominated for the 2015 National Film Awards. You can vote for your favorites at this link.

Best Actor
Ben Affleck for “Gone Girl”
André Benjamin for “Jimi: All Is By My Side”
David Oyelowo for “Selma”
James Buckley for “The Inbetweeners 2”
Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game”
Tom Felton for “Belle”
Simon Bird for “The Inbetweeners 2”
Jack O’ Connell for “71”
Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary”
Asa Butterfield for “X +Y”
Andrew Scott for “Pride”

Best Actress
Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars”
Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Beyond the Lights”
Quvenzhané Wallis for “Annie”
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy”
Cheng Pei Pei for “Lifting”
Alicia Vikander for “Testament of Youth”
Keira Knightley for “Imitation Game”
Imelda Stauton for “Pride”
Dorothy Atkinson for “Mr Turner”
Thandi Newton for “Half of a Yellow Sun”

Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton
Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson Starring in The Walworth Farce
Posted by Megs

Brendan Gleeson, along with his sons Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson will all be starring in The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh. This is the first time all three will be together on stage. Brendan plays Dinny while Domnhall and Brian play Blake and Sean respectively. Some rather interesting photos of the trio, with Domnhall in a dress, can be seen on the play’s official website. The premise of the play is as follows:

Dinny and his two sons have left Ireland. What will they make of London? What will London make of them? Trapped in a tiny flat, endlessly rehearsing their past, they embark on a chaotic, roller-coaster ride through hilarity and terror.

The play will be at Olympia Theatre in Dublin, for a strictly limited four-week run, from 10 January – 8 February 2015. Tickets will go on sale at Ticketmaster at 9am on Friday, September 26th, visit this page for the link when available.

Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson
Deathly Hallows Part II & Actors Longisted for BAFTAs
Posted by Megs

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has released the longlist of nominations for this year’s BAFTA awards and Harry Potter is vying for a few awards. It was longlisted for every category it was eligible for except for Best Film and Director (it was not nominated for Film Not in the English Language, Documentary or Animated Film and Original Screenplay for obvious reasons.)

  • Outstanding British Film
  • Editing
  • Adapted Screenplay
  • Production Design
  • Cinematography
  • Make Up & Hair
  • Costume Design
  • Sound
  • Special Visual Effects
  • Original Music
  • Supporting Actor: Alan Rickman for Deathly Hallows

The cast members of the series are also up for some awards:

  • Leading Actor: Brendan Gleeson for The Guard, Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,  Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus
  • Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent for The Iron Lady, John Hurt for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
  • Supporting Actress: Zoe Wanamaker for My Week with Marilyn

With 285 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduced the list of eligible films to 15 in each category. Round Two voting, which opens today, will reduce these 15 contenders down to the five nominations in each category. Appearing on the Longlist does not constitute a nomination. Nominations in all categories will be announced on Tuesday 17 January. The winners will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 12 February.

Filed Under: Alan Rickman, Brendan Gleeson, Deathly Hallows, Gary Oldman, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Fiennes
Ralph and Kenneth to be Honored at BIFA Awards; Potter Stars Nominated
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter stars Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) will be honored at The Moet British Independent Film Awards, taking place on December 4th, for their contributions to British film!

Ralph Fiennes will receive the Richard Harris Award for contribution to British film by an actor.  Many other Potter stars have held this honor in the past such as Helena Bonham Carter (2010), David Thewlis (2008), Jim Broadbent (2006), and John Hurt (2003). Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore) was the first recipient posthumously in 2002.

Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Variety Award for focusing the international spotlight on British cinema.  J.K. Rowling won this award in the past for Harry Potter.

Some other Harry Potter actors have been nominated in various awards.

  • Gary Oldman [Sirius Black] – Best Actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brendan Gleeson [Moody] – Best Actor for The Guard
  • Ralph Fiennes [Voldemort] – Douglas Hickox Award for directing Coriolanus
Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes
Potter Stars Nominated for BAFTA TV Awards
Posted by Megs

A bunch of Harry Potter stars have been nominated for BAFTA TV Awards!

ACTOR: Kenneth Branagh – Wallander (BBC One), Brendon Gleeson – Into The Storm (BBC Two), John Hurt – An Englishman in New York (ITV1), Other Non-Potter Actor

ACTRESS: Helena Bonham Carter – Enid (BBC One), Julie Walters – A Short Stay In Switzerland (BBC One), Julie Walters – Mo (Channel 4), Other Non-Potter Actress

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Imelda Staunton – Cranford (BBC One), Other Non-Potter Actresses


Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Julie Walters, Stephen Fry
Richard, Ciaran and Brendan: Top 5 Irish Actors
Posted by Megs

Movies.ie, an Irish movie site, has posted a list of who they think are the Top 10 Irish actors.  The late Richard Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Ciaran Hinds made the list!

2. Richard Harris: Born in Limerick in 1930, Harris moved to England in the hope of becoming a director. An exceptionally difficult career to get into in those days, Harris instead got into acting and we’re very glad he did. Harris was a versatile and powerful screen actor with career highlights being This Sporting Life (his first starring role), Camelot and The Field. He appeared as Dumbledore in the first two installments of the Harry Potter series before his death in 2002.

4. Brendan Gleeson: Brendan Gleeson has carved out a great career for himself – with key roles in Hollywood fare, prestigious parts in worthy TV drama (he won an Emmy for his role as Churchill) and occasionally popping home to work with up and coming Irish talent (In Bruges, Perrier’s Bounty). He is currently rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite as he takes a central role as a CIA operative in Paul Greengrass’ Iraq thriller Green Zone; for which he does a very convincing Southern American accent.

8. Ciaran Hinds: Perhaps not the most familiar name on our list, chances are you’ll at least recognise the face. Despite treading the boards almost constantly, he also has a huge list of great films to his name. Hinds shows up in many of the best films of the last twenty years including Munich, There Will Be Blood, In Bruges and the recent winner of Best Film at the IFTA’s; Eclipse. Soon to be seen in Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime.

Filed Under: Brendan Gleeson

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