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“The Accumulation of Decades of Not Quite Shaking This Thing From My Past”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Belfast’ Duo Kenneth Branagh and Ciaran Hinds

Making Belfast, his semi-autobiographical eulogy to his childhood in the Northern Ireland capital during the Troubles of the late 1960s, was — understandably — a deeply emotional experience for Kenneth Branagh. But Ciarán Hinds, who the filmmaker brought on board to play his beloved grandfather (aka Pop), says that it was for him as well. Also […]

How the Oscars Are Embracing Coming-of-Age Stories This Year

When I play the imaginary 2022 Oscar montage in my mind, I visualize scores of young people. A cherubic Northern Irish boy running in the cobblestone streets; a New England fisherman’s conflicted daughter belting onstage; two determined Compton-born girls pummeling their competition on the tennis courts; a pair of stubborn star-crossed adolescents finding love and […]

BAFTA Awards: ‘Power of the Dog’ Wins Best Film, Director, ‘Dune’ Dominates Crafts

Harnessing the power of the sandworms of Arrakis, Denis Villeneuve’s grand sci-fi spectacle Dune swallowed up the most honors at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday in London. But it was Jane Campion’s gothic Western The Power of the Dog that took home the top prize. As expected, Dune — which went into the ceremony with […]

Vancouver Film Critics Circle: ‘The Power of the Dog’ Leads With 5 Nominations

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle has revealed its international nominations, with Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog leading this year’s field with five mentions. The Netflix drama, which bowed in Venice, received mentions in the best picture category, a best director nomination for Campion, a best supporting actress nod for Kirsten Dunst and best […]

Predicting This Year’s Oscar Nominations Using Just Math

As we pass the two-year mark of the pandemic, we are also well underway in the second Hollywood awards season impacted by COVID-19. Already, we’ve seen postponements for the Grammys, the Critics Choice Awards, and the Producers Guild Awards, among others. And as a domino effect from last year’s Oscar delay, this year will be […]

Kenneth Branagh and Editor Una Ni Dhonghaile Describe the Making of ‘Belfast’ in THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’

Respected actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh talks about his semi-autobiographical Oscar contender Belfast — which he wrote, directed and produced — in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Behind the Screen. He’s joined by Belfast’s film editor Una Ni Dhonghaile. On Thursday, Branagh received Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominations for the film, while Ni Dhonghaile earned an […]

Judi Dench’s Reaction to Kenneth Branagh Asking Her to Play His Grandmother in ‘Belfast’: “Good Grief, I’m Not Old Enough!”

Judi Dench says she “didn’t hesitate for a single minute” when Kenneth Branagh asked his dear friend and collaborator to join Focus Features’ Belfast. It was a good thing, too, as the actor-writer-director — whom Dench met in 1987 while working together on a TV production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, sparking a long and celebrated […]

‘Belfast,’ ‘King Richard,’ No Time to Die’ Among American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards Nominees

American Cinema Editors announced the nominees for the 72st ACE Eddie Awards, which are scheduled to be presented during a March 5 ceremony at the Theater at the ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  Organizers are planning for a 50 percent capacity at the in-person event while following COVID safety protocols. Nominees for best edited […]

‘Belfast’ Stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe Drew From Personal Experiences to Play a Married Couple Caught in a Tumultuous Time


Stars Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan discuss why they were drawn to Kenneth Branagh's film based on his own childhood, and the emotionality of playing a couple going through a tumultuous time

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“Directing Is a Hostage Negotiation With Reality”: Pedro Almodovar, Jane Campion, Guillermo del Toro and the THR Director Roundtable

Directing movies has always been a high-wire act, and it has only gotten harder in this unpredictable era of the pandemic. In mid-November, six filmmakers behind some of the year’s most celebrated cinematic work gathered for The Hollywood Reporter’s Director Roundtable: Pedro Almodóvar (Parallel Mothers), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), […]

Kenneth Branagh Pays Loving Tribute to Family, Resilience and the Magic of Movies in ‘Belfast’

This story was created in paid partnership with Focus Features. There’s a riveting sequence near the beginning of Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s remembrance of things past that focuses on his boyhood in that Northern Ireland city, when the otherwise idyllic world of Buddy, Branagh’s 9-year-old alter ego, turns on a dime. The scene is specifically time-stamped […]

SAG Awards Nominations: Kristen Stewart, ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Reservation Dogs’ Snubbed as ‘Yellowstone’ Surprises

The SAG Awards nominations unveiled Wednesday morning offered a number of surprises and head-scratching snubs. On the film side, a number of Oscar hopeful titles failed to score any nominations from SAG-AFTRA, including the groundbreaking Black Western The Harder They Fall, The French Dispatch, C’mon C’mon and Spider-Man: No Way Home. The latest Spider-Man film […]