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‘Belfast,’ ’The Quiet Girl’ Among 2022 European Film Awards Craft Winners

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, Jerzy Skolimowski’s donkey drama EO and Colm Bairéad’s Irish period drama piece The Quiet Girl are among the winners of the 2022 European Film Awards in the craft categories. Belfast, a poignant and sentimental black-and-white portrayal of Branagh’s childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, won two EFAs, with Jim Clay taking best European […]

Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh, Jude Hill Join Kenneth Branagh in Agatha Christie Mystery ‘A Haunting in Venice’

Kenneth Branagh has found the suspects for his latest Agatha Christie adaptation, A Haunting in Venice. Branagh is back as detective Hercule Poirot and as director for what will be the third Christie mystery movie from 20th Century Studios. This time around, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh, Jude Hill and Kelly Reilly have been […]

Where to Watch Oscar-Winning Film ‘Belfast’ Online

The coming-of-age film directed by Kenneth Branagh stars newcomer Jude Hill, Jamie Dornan, Caitríona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and Colin Morgan.

Oscars Snubs: ‘Belfast,’ ‘West Side Story’ Win Only One Award Each as ‘Power of the Dog’ Cinematographer Fails to Make History

Going into the 2022 Oscars, Belfast and West Side Story were each seen as possible best picture winners by pundits and Oscar observers, and both were considered major awards contenders all season. But at the end of Sunday night’s ceremony, the films — each of which received seven Oscar nominations — had won only one […]

Kenneth Branagh Honors Those Facing “Violence and Loss” While Accepting First-Ever Oscar

Kenneth Branagh is finally an Academy Award winner, taking home the best original screenplay prize for Belfast at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday. Branagh had received eight nominations in his career heading into the ceremony, and his semiautobiographical film, which he also directed, earned seven nominations. His first career nominations came for best actor and best […]

Focus Chief Says ‘Belfast’ Can Become Its First Best Picture Winner: “There’s Gonna Be a Real Surprise” (Exclusive)

Peter Kujawksi has been around Focus Features for all 20 years of the company’s existence. When Focus started as the new kid on the indie block around the turn of the century, he was “answering phones and making coffee” as the executive assistant to then-chairman James Schamus. Today, he runs the company as its chairman. […]

Kenneth Branagh Breaks Down Scene From His Oscar-Nominated ‘Belfast’ Screenplay

↑ “The crux of this scene was to depict ‘cross-generational communication,’ ” according to Branagh. “Suddenly Buddy is having a deeper, more meaningful, more direct conversation about bigger things with someone a couple of generations away,” he says. Pop, unlike Buddy’s parents, is more willing to share a taboo story. “Pop essentially explains, in a […]

Does the Academy Favor Male-Driven Stories for Its Top Prize?

The 2021 Oscar ceremony was an anomaly across the board, from the somber tone to the intimate setting to the detrimental choice of naming best actor as the final award of the evening. But the strangest sight of all was witnessing a spate of women gather on the dais to accept the best picture trophy. […]

Kenneth Branagh, Ciaran Hinds Test Positive for COVID-19, Says Jude Hill

Belfast director Kenneth Branagh and co-star Ciarán Hinds have tested positive for COVID-19, Jude Hill told The Hollywood Reporter at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Attending to honor the film, Hill, the young actor who stars as Buddy in Branagh’s semi-autobiographical feature, said of the night ahead, “We have the Focus Features team, and […]

Steven Spielberg on Producing: “The Smartest Thing I Do Is Hire Women”

West Side Story director and producer Steven Spielberg was the star of the Producers Guild of America awards nominee breakfast on Saturday morning, as one producer after another praised him, even though they were all competing for the same prize at Saturday night’s award show. Spielberg didn’t disappoint, and gave up several memorable tidbits, including […]

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards: ‘Belfast’ Named Best Picture

Belfast was named best picture by the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards during a virtual event celebration broadcast March 18 by Great Performances on PBS. Four-time nominee King Richard earned two awards for stars Will Smith (best actor) and Aunjanue Ellis (best supporting actress). Being the Ricardos‘ Nicole Kidman won best actress, and House of […]

‘Belfast’ Producer Tamar Thomas on the Film’s Response in Northern Ireland: “They Really Have Taken It to Their Heart”

Tamar Thomas has worked alongside director Kenneth Branagh since his 1992 feature, Peter’s Friends, serving as his assistant on many features including his acclaimed Shakespeare adaptations Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Hamlet (for which the writer-director earned an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay). Her first credit as a producer was on his 2018 […]