Last night, thanks to a very kind gesture on the part of my editor, I was able to realize a lifelong dream and sit in the audience at the Academy Awards. I covered the Oscars from the backstage press room three years ago, which was a thrill in and of itself, but, as someone who has spent a huge chunk of my life researching, writing, and talking about the Oscars, you can imagine how much more excited I was to have the chance to watch the ceremony unfold with my own two eyes. And, I’m pleased to report, the experience did not disappoint.
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‘Woman in Black’s’ Daniel Radcliffe Reflects on Co-Stars, Directors and the Bizarre Place He Became Harry Potter (Exclusive Video)
Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to conduct an hour-long interview with Daniel Radcliffe, the 22-year-old British actor who starred as the title character in the Harry Potter film franchise that encompassed eight films over 11 years (2001-2011), grossed over $7.7 billion at box-offices around the world for Warner Bros., and single-handedly revived the faltering British film industry.
Our conversation was part of a tribute to Radcliffe from the New York branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which wished to commemorate the end of his Potter era (which came to a close with the July 15 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, the series’ most critically acclaimed and commercially successful installment, and an Oscar nominee for best art direction, best makeup, and best visual effects) and the beginning of his next film chapter (which kicks off today with the release of The Woman in Black, his first post-Potter film, in theaters across America).
On Tuesday, I had the great privilege and pleasure of moderating a Q&A with four of the stars of The Help — Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, and Ahna O’Reilly — following a packed SAG screening of the film in New York near Lincoln Center. They, along with their co-stars in the film, received the best ensemble award at the National Board of Review Awards later that night and at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday night (where, additionally, Davis won best actress and Spencer won best supporting actress). Those victories, as well as pending nominations from the Screen Actors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Art Directors Guild, American Society of Cinematographers, and Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the film, Davis, and Spencer are all nominated), plus the rare nature of the film (its cast is dominated by women of all ages and races), lead me to believe that it is probably the strongest threat to upend the presumptive frontrunner The Artist at the Oscars next month. Therefore, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the video of our conversation and learn about these remarkable women and the unlikely way in which they came together to bring to the screen one of the most popular novels of our time.
Among the things we discussed…
By Sean O’Connell
It’s unclear yet how many films will compete for a Best Picture trophy at this year’s Academy Awards. Rule changes eliminate the need to film 10 slots, so a fluid number of pictures could end up with nominations on Jan. 24. But it’s safe to bet that the movies that do make the cut will come from this list.
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Kenneth Branagh, one of the most revered stage and screen actors of his era, and not a bad writer or director either, about his remarkable life and career. (Scroll down to listen to audio of our conversation.) Branagh is probably best known for his work in the theater, but has, over the past 30 years, accomplished a great deal in the world of film, as well, most notably writing, directing, and starring in three of the finest adaptations ever made of William Shakespeare’s Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Hamlet (1996). Branagh has four Oscar nods to his name — for best director and best actor for Henry V (1989); best adapted screenplay forHamlet (1996); and best live action short for Swan Song (1992) — and may soon add a fifth, for best supporting actor, for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier, one of his greatest acting heroes, in My Week with Marilyn. Branagh rang me from Sweden, where he is now at work on his next film, and, over the course of 30 minutes, we discussed all of the above and more.
On Monday afternoon, I had the opportunity to spend some time with the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who is best known for his performance as the title character in all eight films of the Harry Potter films.
Radcliffe and I chatted at New York’s fabled 21 Club prior to a luncheon that Warner Brothers held in celebration ofHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final installment in the decade-spanning franchise that has collectively grossed over $7.7 billion at box offices around the world and single-handedly revived the faltering British film industry.
The studio is giving the film a full-on Oscar push, with the hope that Academy members might award it a best picture nomination on its own merits and/or as a tribute to all of the films, which have heretofore only registered with them in the technical categories.
As you can read and hear below, the 22-year-old — who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — spoke candidly with me about how he first became involved with the Harry Potter franchise; how he feels about it coming to an end; and how he feels about the ways in which it has changed his life, personally and professionally…
This afternoon, Warner Brothers hosted a Peggy Siegal luncheon at New York’s fabled 21 Club in celebration of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the eighth and final installment of the decade-spanning film franchise that has collectively grossed over $7.7 billion at box-offices around the world and single-handedly revived the faltering British film industry.
FEINBERG FORECAST: ‘Tintin’ Triumphs in London, ‘Descendants’ Descends on New York, ‘Rum’ Hangover in Hamptons
Among the things that factored into this week’s projections (which appear further down on the page)…
By Sean O’Connell
Harry Potter may be gone, but he’s hardly forgotten. Fans of the Boy Who Lived have ample opportunities to revisit the magical hero, from theme parks in Orlando to the original books that inspired the movie franchise. And soon enough, they’ll have another avenue to exercise their Potter passion.