Here’s the full interview from Variety Actors on Actors of Benedict Cumberbatch and Edward Norton
Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated in both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in The Imitation Game & Sherlock. Here are the nominations:
Golden Globe Awards
– Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Benedict Cumberbatch
– Best Supportting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Keira Knightley
– Best Screenplay for Graham Moore
– Best Score for Alexandre Desplat
– Best Motion Picture Drama
– Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Benedict Cumberbatch
– Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Keira Knigtley
– Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
– Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Benedict Cumberatch in “Sherlock: His Las Vow”
The Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air on January 11th, while the SAG Awards Ceremony will be on January 25th.
Here’s the full video from The Hollywood Reporter’s Round table interview:
In THR’s annual actor roundtable, this season’s six top awards contenders — including Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Timothy Spall — open up about why a Hollywood film is preferable to a classical theater role (“Stick Polonius straight up your arse”), flunking out of college and how a meeting with Stephen Hawking turned into the equivalent of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit
You can read the full article at THR website.
Woot! This is great! Article via comingsoon.net
Marvel Studios has just officially announced that, as has been long suspected, Benedict Cumberbatch will headline director Scott Derickson’s Marvel Studios Phase Three film, Doctor Strange!
Scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange is scripted by Jon Spaihts and is said to follow the story of neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” says Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Cumberbatch rose to international prominence with his critically acclaimed turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation in “Sherlock,” currently preparing its fourth season. The series’ most recent season earned Cumberbatch the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2014, after winning the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2013.
Cumberbatch most recently starred in The Imitation Game, playing famed mathematician and logician Alan Turing, and will soon be seen in The Hobbit: The Army of the Five Armies as both Smaug and the Necromancer. For the role of Smaug, Cumberbatch stepped into the world of motion capture to bring the dragon to life. He will next be seen in Scott Cooper’s film Black Mass, the story of Whitey Bulger coming to theaters next September, where he stars opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton.
With “Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch is just the latest actor to join the bold Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing new heroes and continuing the adventures of fan favorites across multiple films.
Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch call themselves “Cumberbitches,” though Cumberbatch prefers “Cumberbabes.”
Cumberbatch, who is receiving the Variety Award at the BIFA ceremony Dec. 7, is referenced in Tumblr’s guidelines, which note that users may “marvel at the alien beauty” of the actor, but “can’t actually pretend to be Benedict Cumberbatch.”
Ah, but so many want to do both. “The Imitation Game” star is a force to be reckoned with. Not just thanks to his fearsome talent — but also because of his fans. By embracing his “alien beauty” and oh-so-British mouthful of a name, fans have helped him transform from cult favorite/social media darling into one of Hollywood’s more unusual bright lights.
It didn’t happen overnight; Cumberbatch has worked his way through theater, TV and film for more than 12 years. He only began to register internationally after the BBC gave Sherlock Holmes a new modern life in 2010 with “Sherlock,” a hit that also aired on PBS in the U.S.
But once (female) audiences tuned into the curly-haired, imperious, deductive genius, all bets were off.
“Fans are not as interested in the Central Casting hunk as entertainment executives want to believe,” says Danielle Strle, director of product, content and community for Tumblr, which gets hundreds of thousands of blogs and reblogs about Cumberbatch each month. “He’s got this really approachable look, and he feels like he could be your friend.”
“He’s on a unique journey,” says Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR. “Before, the concern was that audiences might be put off by the name, the accent, the nontraditional look — but guys like Cumberbatch prove this is not the case.”
Starring in a series whose creators (Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat) come from a different genre reboot (“Doctor Who”) that also has a rabid fanbase likely helped as well. The WhoLocks — a “Doctor Who”-“Sherlock” mashup — are even a thing.
“It may be easier for this kind of stardom to develop among sci-fi fans, where the love may take a while to go mainstream but is very rooted in a devoted populace,” says Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, author of “The Totally Sweet ’90s.”
Yet Cumberbatch’s wide appeal isn’t defined simply by traditional success indicators of critical acclaim and box office.
He’s been embraced by vocal fans on the Internet who create animated GIFs of his gestures, promote interview clips of his charming moments (such as pronouncing “penguin” as “pen-gwing”) and pair him up with images of otters who have similar facial expressions.
Such fervent attention from fans is nearly impossible to manufacture, which makes it all the more appealing.
Cumberbatch now joins a tiny group of young actors (like Jennifer Lawrence) who inspire their fans to post and blog and tweet year-round. But he gives his fans a lot to work with: he’ll be seen in “Imitation Game,” and heard in “Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” as Smaug. “Hobbit” co-stars Martin Freeman, who also teams with Cumberbatch on “Sherlock.” It’s like a British actor Mobius strip.
Without talent none of this would have worked, but absent Cumber-mania it’s easy to imagine the actor as yet another of dozens of well-regarded British character actors who never threaded the Hollywood needle. Cumberbatch is what stardom in the new millennium looks like: International acclaim plus devoted, plugged-in fans.
Meanwhile, Strle is already anticipating Cumberbatch’s future in acting. “I can’t wait to see how great he looks when he’s old. He’s going to be such a wonderful, stately old man.”