Sherlock Holmes and Warhorse star Benedict Cumberbatch shared the best actor award on Sunday with his co-star Jonny Lee Miller for their alternating performances as Frankenstein and his monster at the Laurence Olivier Awards.
The Oliviers were founded 36 years ago as the most prestigious awards for London stage performances and named after the famed actor Lord Laurence Olivier.
The awards at London’s Royal Opera House saw Cumberbatch and Miller triumph for their performances in “Frankenstein” at the National Theater, which was directed by Danny Boyle who will direct the London Olympic Games opening ceremony later this summer.
The best actress award went to Ruth Wilson, for her role in “Anna Christie” which was also named as the best revival production.
The best actress in a musical award went to four girls aged between 10 and 12 who shared the role of Matilda in the hit musical of that name.
‘Matilda’ also won six further awards, including best musical and best director, and best actor in a musical for Bertie Carvel who played the part of Miss Trunchbull.
The top dance award went to Edward Watson of the Royal Ballet for his performance in “Metamorphosis” at the Royal Opera House.
The best new dance production went to Akram Khan for “Desh”. Khan’s work will get a global audience later this year as he is working with Boyle on the Olympic opening ceremony.
The best new play was the National Theater production of “Collaborators,” the first play by John Hodge, who wrote the screenplay for “Trainspotting”.
English National Opera won the award for outstanding achievement in opera, and its production of Rameau’s “Castor and Pollux” was named best new opera production.
James Corden and Benedict Cumberbatch have received nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards.
Corden is up for the ‘Best Actor’ gong for his role in comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, while Cumberbatch could share an award with Jonny Lee Miller for their joint portrayal of Frankenstein and The Creature in Frankenstein.
Matilda the Musical dominated the nominations with 10 nods, including ‘Best Actor’ for Bertie Carvel, who plays Miss Trunchbull, and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Paul Kaye (Mr Wormwood).
Jude Law was recognised for his role in Anna Christie and Celia Imrie was nominated for her part in Noises Off. Other nominees included Lesley Manville for Grief, Kristin Scott Thomas for Betrayal and David Haig for The Madness of George III.
Ghost the Musical and London Road also received multiple nominations.
The Olivier Awards take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday, April 15 and will be hosted by Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.
Huge congratulations to Wendy Carey and Deborah Smith for winning our Wreckers competition!! I’ll be popping the DVDs into the post by the weekend!
Apologies for the delay in adding these, but Benedict recently attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party in LA and was pictured alongside Starter for Ten co-star Alice Eve and Tinker Tailor co-star Gary Oldman!
Several MQ images have been added to the gallery!
Thanks to all that have entered the Wreckers Competition – it closed on Saturday 3rd, but I will be drawing the winners on Friday 9th so look out for that!
Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed how he would laugh at Martin Freeman in his Hobbit costume.
The two Sherlock stars are reunited for Peter Jackson’s two-part prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where Martin plays the titular character, Bilbo Baggins, and Benedict is Smaug the dragon.
“I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don’t know Bilbo,” he told MTV.com.
“For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He’s going to be amazing, he’s going to be fantastic in this film.”
And Benedict – who last appeared in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse – had high praise for director Peter.
“I was very lucky [to work] with Pete. As far as the experience, what an extraordinary one it was because at the time I was in my work; I was in isolation with him and this incredible tag team,” he said.
“It was an awful lot of fun. It was sort of freeing; it was fun. It was like playing a game.”
The 35-year-old actor is excited to see the result: “It’s going to be an amazing film; it’s going to be a real treat. I watched The Lord Of The Rings again before I started working, and the way those films grow in depth of craft on every level are extraordinary.”
In Los Angeles yesterday, Benedict took a break from filming the Star Trek sequel (see filming photos here) to attend the still photography exhibition for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Several MQ images have been added to our gallery.
A married couple move back to his childhood village to start a family but a surprise visit from the husband’s brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship.
In Wreckers, Benedict stars as David, a teacher who is happily married to Dawn (also a teacher, and who is played wonderfully by Claire Foy). Within ten minutes of meeting the couple, we were then introduced to David’s brother Nick (Shaun Evans) – a slightly volatile guy, who has recently returned from a warzone, and who seems to have suffered mental trauma from his time there.
Over the course of the drama, rivalries between the brothers and secrets kept appear to cause Dawn to doubt her relationship with David, and bring to light certain tensions between the pair. Events that occur between the brothers also leave the audience wondering whether it is just Nick who has issues or indeed both of them, as David begins to show elements of a dark side to his personality – including snippets that are revealed about their childhoods whilst growing up and violent elements that have occurred within their previous relationship.
The drama is wonderfully acted out by the three main characters – Benedict deftly switches between vulnerability and a much darker personality, showing that David isn’t all that he seems. Claire Foy is marvelous as Dawn, the wife looking in at a damaged relationship between brothers, whilst also dealing with her own problems. Shaun Evans portrays the damaged soul within Nick very well, yet somehow makes him seem vulnerable as he suffers flashbacks to his previous life at war.
Whilst I did enjoy this drama, I would have liked to have seen more of David and Dawn’s life and background, before the arrival of Nick – it seemed a little rushed, and I didn’t feel that we got to know the characters before the arrival of the wilder younger brother. That was my only minor niggle though – the acting was brilliant, and the drama is beautifully shot, somehow making a shell of a house look very beautiful – the area this was filmed in is simply gorgeous, and good use of the location was made.
Rating – 8/10
The BBC have released the first promotional image from forthcoming drama “Parade’s End“. With a huge thank you to Blogtor Who, we have added this image to the gallery!
Parade’s End is set during a formative period of British history – from the twilight years of the Edwardian era to the end of the First World War. At its centre is English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his beautiful but wilful wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), and Valentine Wannop, a young suffragette, played by Logie-nominated actress Adelaide Clemens.
Parade’s End is currently expected to air on BBC2 during the Summer!