Hugo was a salute to the early film industry in France (the fantastic films of Georges Melies) with chase and mystery in the Paris railroad station. I brought two of my grandsons to see it and I don’t know who liked it more, them or me. Martin Scorsese made a real winner here… and it was in 3D!
The Artist, which Elly and I saw last week, was a tribute to silent movies… black and white, some sound added for effect… and funny. One of the few movies I’ve seen lately that I would have watched again on the same day.
Both of these are worth winning the Oscar. I hope one of them comes through.
While doing some reading in the attached articles to the previous post, I discovered that one of my favorite British actors and I were both born on May 24th (although Broadbent is three years younger than I am…gee, I always thought he was older.)
Broadbent has done mostly British films and television, but he won the Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2001’s Iris as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench‘s Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease (if you’ve never seen it, hop down to the video store and bring home a copy.)
The one roll that most people remember him for is in Moulin Rouge! (2001) , for which he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scene-stealing performance as Harold Zidler. He is also known for playing W.S. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan.) Over here he played Boss Tweed in Gangs of New York for director Martin Scorsese. He is also coming out in the next Harry Potter movie where he has been playing Professor Horace Slughorn in previous releases.
- Broadbent took over part from ill Postlethwaite (hollywood.com)
- Broadbent got Postlethwaite part (bbc.co.uk)
- Broadbent draws on family agony again (hollywood.com)
- Exile, BBC One, final episode, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent to join CLOUD ATLAS cast (geektyrant.com)
- Cannes Casting Call: Zoe Saldana Joins THE WORDS; Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent in Talks for CLOUD ATLAS (collider.com)
- The Weinstein Company Acquires THE IRON LADY Starring Meryl Streep (collider.com)
- The Weekend’s TV: Exile, Sun, BBC1 Vera, Sun, ITV1 (independent.co.uk)