Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster The Great Gatsby has led the nominations for the 3rd annual AACTA Awards with 14 nods, closely followed by Kim Mordaunt’s independent film The Rocket
The two are vastly different Australian features. The Great Gatsby is a razzle-dazzle adaptation of an American classic novel, while The Rocket, which earned 12 nominations, is a low-budget, foreign-language feature, filmed entirely in Laos with a lead actor plucked from the streets.
The two features are also up for Best Film alongside Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning.
You can read the full list of nominations here. The 3rd annual AACTA Awards ceremony will be held on January 30, 2014
The Coen brothers’ Cannes Grand Prix-winning Inside Llewyn Davis picked up another award ahead of the coming Oscars season with victory in the best feature category at the Gotham independent film awards.
The Coens’ poignant and elliptical vision of New York’s 1960s folk scene, which stars Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman, was a fitting winner for a festival that began life as a celebration of indie film-making in America’s north east. The Coens will be hoping the film helps add to their collection of four Oscars next March.
The Gotham awards are not generally seen as an accurate bellwether for Oscars success, though two of last year’s winners (Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild) were nominated for prizes by the Academy.
The first three stills of Carey as Bathsheba Everdene from her upcoming project Far From The Madding Crowd have been released online today and added to the gallery:
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Carey Mulligan is poised to return to the West End in a new version of Patrick Marber’s play Closer.
The Great Gatsby actress has been in secret talks about the revival and insiders are already predicting it will be a huge hit.
The play is about the tangled relationships of two couples. It is not yet clear whether Carey will play Alice, an American stripper, or Anna, a photographer.
‘David Leveaux, who will direct the play, worked with Carey in New York in Through A Glass Darkly in 2011 and he’s very keen that she star in Closer,’ says a source.
‘Carey has been offered a lot of money. Advanced negotiations have taken place but she hasn’t confirmed officially. The whole thing is being planned for next summer.’
The play scooped the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1998 and was made into a film in 2004 starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Jude Law.
Carey, 28, last appeared on the London stage in 2007 in The Seagull alongside Kristin Scott Thomas and Chiwetel Ejiofor, at the Royal Court.
She was also in The Hypochondriac at the Almeida in 2005.
Carey, who is married to Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, is currently filming Far From The Madding Crowd with Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge.
Pathe has newly boarded Suffragette, the Film4 and BFI-backed Ruby Films drama, which will star Carey Mulligan.
Pathe will distribute the film in the UK and France and will handle international sales.
The film will be directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) from a script by Abi Morgan, who won an Emmy last month for her work on BBC drama series The Hour.
Morgan, who co-wrote sex addict drama Shame with Steve McQueen, previously collaborated with Pathe on Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady and co-wrote the screenplay for Gavron’s Brick Lane.
Pathe swooped this week on Suffragette, previously known as The Fury, which was with Focus Features until the recent shakeup at the Universal subsidiary.
Mulligan will play Maud, a character described by the production as a “foot soldier of the early feminist movement” who becomes radicalized and turns to violence as a route to change.
According to the production, the film “tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.
“These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.
“Maud was one such foot soldier. Her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.”
Another new theatrical trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis has recently been released online – although it’s similar to the others that have aired, it does have a few new little bits. Watch it in full below: