CINEMATIC PASSIONS’ 2009 ACTING AWARDS


CAST ENSEMBLE – PIRATE RADIO

I’m not going to give out an Ensemble Award every year. But sometimes I think they just might be appropriate.

One of the reasons why I never took individual performances from PIRATE RADIO and singled them out is because this is one of the few movies I’ve seen where a large cast is featured and practically everyone in it is absolutely amazing.

Not only that, but each and every performance is perfectly interdependent on the others for its level of grand efficacy.

I know that actors love this stuff. So I’d like to honour everyone who appeared in this fabulously entertaining crowd pleaser.

Take a bow, ladies and gentlemen. Well done.

WILL ADAMSDALE
TOM BROOKE
RALPH BROWN
RHYS DARBY
JACK DAVENPORT
NICK FROST
IKE HAMILTON
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN
RHYS IFANS
JANUARY JONES
OLIVIA LLEWELLYN
BILL NIGHY
CHRIS O’DOWD
KATHERINE PARKINSON
TALLULAH RILEY
TOM STURRIDGE
EMMA THOMPSON
TOM WISDOM

Here’s some tasty dialogue from this kick ass 60s musical adventure…

QUENTIN (BILL NIGHY): So…expelled?
CARL (TOM STURRIDGE): That’s right.
QUENTIN: What for?
CARL: I suppose smoking was the clincher.
QUENTIN: Drugs or cigarettes?
CARL: Both.
QUENTIN: Well done! Proud of you. So your mum sent you here in the hope that a little bracing sea air would sort you out?
CARL: Something like that.
QUENTIN: Spectacular mistake.

QUENTIN (BILL NIGHY): The day has come. Tonight pirate radio dies. From midnight, we are a ghost ship floating without hope on cold and dark waters. You have done almighty work here. Thank you. But your work is done.
THE COUNT (PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN): Not mine, sir. I’m an American citizen and I don’t give a hootenanny God damn about your nitpicking limey laws. I intend to broadcast from this ship 24 hours a day until the day I die. And then for a couple days after that.
GAVIN CAVANAGH (RHYS IFANS): Not wanting to sound rude or anything. But don’t you think that might be an ever so slightly monotonous experience for the listener? What do you say to 12 hours each, noble sir?
ANGUS (RHYS DARBY): The way I look at it, the world couldn’t survive without my comedy. And who’s going to have the moral backbone to play The Seekers when the mood is right?
DAVE (NICK FROST): They’ve split up.
ANGUS: I intend to celebrate the back catalogue.
DAVE: I intend to stop you doing so.
MARK (TOM WISDOM): [silently stands up and lights a cigarette]
SIMON (CHRIS O’DOWD): As some of you know, my wife left me after 17 hours of marriage. But I survived that because I live for music. And now, with nothing else to live for, I’m willing to die for it as well.
ON THE HOUR JOHN (WILL ADAMSDALE): I’ve always lived for news and weather. Happy to die for them, too. Especially the weather.
BOB SILVER (RALPH BROWN): I’ve got nowhere else to go.
HAROLD (IKE HAMILTON): I have somewhere else to go. But it’s Peckham. So I think I’ll stick around.
FELICITY (KATHERINE PARKINSON): Can’t let everyone starve. And I’m slightly worried where my increasingly powerful sexuality will take me when I return to normal life.
THICK KEVIN (TOM BROOKE): I’ve got a very strong suspicion that Felicity fancies me. Not about to go anywhere, just when I’m in with a chance.
CARL (TOM STURRIDGE): Obviously, I’m in. You’re the only people in the world who like me.

DAVE (NICK FROST): So tell us Mark, now at the very end – what was your secret? How did you get all those girls?
MARK (TOM WISDOM): Simple. Don’t say anything at all.
CARL (TOM STURRIDGE): Nothing?
MARK: Nothing. Then, when the tension becomes too much to bear, you just say: “How about it then?”
ANGUS (RHYS DARBY): ‘How about it?’ How about this? Try and fuck your way out of this one Mark!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTIAN McKAY – ME & ORSON WELLES

One of the most difficult challenges for an actor is playing someone of incredible notoriety.

If your character is a person who is recognizably famous, you had better be able to do that part supreme and meticulous justice.

There are so many negative traps you can fall into in that particular instance. You have to get it completely right. Or it will not work.

CHRISTIAN McKAY (in a film debut that is legendary) is absolute perfection. Right down to the final details.

The voice is the first thing you notice: the identical velvety elegant mellifluous speech that was his trademark.

He easily and fluidly grasps the contradictory flavours of ORSON’S magnificent flamboyance.

He is kind, savage, generous, irascible, ambitious, caring, greedy, gregarious, hot tempered, arrogant, magnanimous…and wickedly charismatic.

This is a monumental performance made up of grand authenticity and great depth.

CHRISTIAN McKAY is a star on the rise. If he can brilliantly portray an indelible presence like ORSON WELLES, who knows what else he is capable of.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MELANIE LAURENT – INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

MELANIE LAURENT is a powerfully bewitching presence in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

She steals nearly every scene that she’s in…and she’s the heart and soul of the picture.

SHOSANNA DREYFUS has lost her family to the Nazis. She can neither forgive nor forget. She is a young woman on a mission.

SHOSANNA has some serious scores to settle. She won’t stop until everything has been completed to her satisfaction. She is prepared to make any sacrifice applicable to have her revenge.

MELANIE’S acting is gracefully subtle. She is such a skilled performer that every minute expression or level gaze is imbued with fierce meaning.

She has long stretches with no dialogue. But you can always tell exactly what she’s thinking and feeling.

Only truly great actors can command the screen in such a forceful manner.

MELANIE LAURENT does that with ease.

BEST ACTOR
JEFF BRIDGES – CRAZY HEART

JEFF BRIDGES is an American film legend who has given spectacular performances over the last four decades.

BAD BLAKE in CRAZY HEART is one of his finest achievements. Not only is his exceptional acting expertise showcased exquisitely in this film. But JEFF also does all of his own singing and playing.

It’s impossible not to be completely awestruck by him.

BLAKE is a gifted musician that drinks too much and goes through too many women on the road. He’s been married four times and has a son he hasn’t seen in twenty years.

BLAKE has enormous flaws. Most of the pain in his life is self inflicted. He is overly indulgent and he tends to let his demons get the better of him.

And yet he’s enormously likable. You care about his welfare and sincerely want him to get his life back together.

This is a fabulous multilayered performance. You’re totally aware of the darkness in this complicated man’s soul and yet you root for him anyway.

Any film that can make good use of JEFF BRIDGES’ iconic presence is incredibly fortunate.

As audience members, we are equally grateful for this immensely talented man.

BEST ACTRESS
MICHELLE PFEIFFER – CHERI

MICHELLE PFEIFFER is a goddess.

Blessed with extravagant beauty, she is also one of the most incredible performers to ever grace the silver screen.

She never relies on her ethereal appearance. MICHELLE is a supremely talented character actor.

She can do anything.

In CHERI, she makes magnificent magic once again.

LEA DE LONVAL is a Parisian courtesan during the early part of the twentieth century. She is an experienced woman wise to the ways of love.

Against her better judgment, she gets romantically involved with a younger man who she’s known since he came into this world.

FREDERIC (nicknamed CHERI…and played sublimely by RUPERT FRIEND) is mad for her. The feeling is passionately mutual.

They stay together for six years. By then CHERI is in his mid twenties. LEA is two decades older.

At that particular juncture, his mercenary idiot of a mother decides that CHERI must acquire a proper wife and marries him off. Times were different then.

By virtue of the age difference and LEA’S profession, that door was closed to her all along. This is something that she was well aware of. But she never expected to develop feelings of such glorious intensity.

Oddly enough, CHERI still adores LEA even after he is effectively someone else’s husband. He’s spineless and weak. He can’t say no to his parent.

LEA will always be the love of his life.

But LEA is not prepared to tolerate this situation. She didn’t become one of Paris’ most notorious women for nothing.

She decides that she will get CHERI back on her own terms. No matter what it takes. Her scheming and dreaming will get her what she wants…and she will triumph in the end.

She can’t imagine a life without CHERI. It never occurs to her that she might be better off without him.

MICHELLE has always been a skillful and mesmerizing presence. Here she is lyrically lovely and uses her natural magnetism to exceptional effect.

There have been many amazing female actors over countless decades.

But there is only one MICHELLE PFEIFFER.

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