The amazing film career of Lord Attenborough CBE 1923 - 2014
Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge in 1923, but spent his childhood in Leicester.
Aged 17, he won the prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. While still a student in 1942, he made his screen debut in the Noel Coward/David Lean film In Which We Serve.
On graduating, he acted in a number of West End theatre before joining the Royal Air Force in 1943. He was demobilised after three years' service, and went on to star in more than 60 films including The Great Escape, The Flight of the Phoenix, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park.
He also produced films such as The Angry Silence and Whistle Down the Wind. Then, in 1969 came the first of a dozen major movies as producer/director, the acclaimed Oh, What a Lovely War.
Richard Attenborough was, however, undoubtedly best known for Gandhi, 1982 film of the year - winning eight Oscars® and five BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director on both sides of the Atlantic.
His other films as director include Shadowlands, A Bridge Too Far, Chaplin and the love across the generations movie, Closing the Ring, starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Mischa Barton. He was the founding patron of the UK regional critics' film awards.
The 8th Annual UK Regional Critics' Film Awards
12 YEARS A SLAVE IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS FILM OF THE YEAR
Two awards each for 12 Years a Slave and Gravity Cate Blanchett named Best Actress for Blue Jasmine
28 January 2014 --- 12 Years a Slave was tonight named Film of the Year by the UK's regional film critics. In addition, Chiwetel Ejiofor was voted the regional critics' Actor of the year for his performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
Regional Critics Awards Winners:
Film of the Year - Winner: 12 Years a Slave
Director - Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Actress - Winner: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Actor - Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Screenwriter - Winner: Spike Jonze, Her
British Breakthrough - Winner: George MacKay
Public Vote Awards Winners:
Visual Effects - Winner: Gravity
Animation - Winner: Frozen
On-screen Duo - Winner: Emma Thompson/Tom Hanks, Saving Mr Banks
British Film - Winner: Philomena
Blogger - Winner: Ryan Lambie, Den of Geek!
Argo IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS FILM OF THE YEAR
Regional Critics Awards Winners:
Film of the Year - Winner: Argo
UK Rising Star: - Winner: Ben Whishaw, Skyfall
Director of the Year: - Winner: Sam Mendes, Skyfall
Screenwriter of the Year: - Winner: Amy Jump, Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, Sightseers
British Performance of the Year: - In association with Movie Preview Network: Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2
London, Monday 23 January - The Regional Critics' Film of the Year 2012. THE ARTIST IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS' FILM OF THE YEAR
Regional Critics Awards Winners:
23 January 2012 - UK regional film critics today announce their Film of the Year. The prestigious accolade goes to The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius. This year's vote was launched at the UK Cinema Showcase event on 1 December 2011, the year's largest gathering of regional film media in the UK. The vote continued online through to 20 January 2012. The voting constituency was staff and freelance arts and entertainment writers, critics and editors in all branches of UK regional media.
Previous winners of the regional critics' Film Of The Year title have gone to; The Social Network (2011), Up (2010), Slumdog Millionaire (2009), Atonement (2008), Pan's Labyrinth (2007).
Richard Attenborough Film Awards 2011 winners announced:
Regional Critics Awards Winners:
Film of the Year - Winner: The Social Network
Filmmaker of the Year: - Winner: Christopher Nolan, Director - Inception
Actor of the year: - Winner: Colin Firth The King's Speech
Actress of the year: - Winner: Noomi Rapace The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and the Millennium trilogy)
Screenwriter of the Year: - Winner: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Rising Star of the year: - Winner: Chloe Moretz, Kick-Ass, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Let Me In
All Time Legend: - Sir Michael Caine CBE
Richard Attenborough Film Awards 2010 winners announced:
Disney Pixar's 'UP' Voted 2010 Film of the Year by the UK Regional Media! James Cameron wins Filmmaker of The Year Carey Mulligan Scoops Performance Of The Year by an Actress & Rising Star Awards for 'An Education'. 28th January 2010: The winners of the 4th annual Richard Attenborough Awards are revealed today with Disney Pixar's UP taking home the highly prized 'Film of The Year' award. James Cameron wins Filmmaker of the Year for Avatar whilst Carey Mulligan secures a double victory walking away with Performance of the Year by an Actress and Rising Star awards for An Education.
These prestigious awards shine a torch on some of 2009's greatest cinematic achievements and give a dedicated voice to journalists working in the regional media within the high profile awards season. Media across the UK have been voting for the 7 distinguished categories listed below since December 21st 2009.
Regional Critics Awards Winners:
Film of the Year - Winner: Up
Filmmaker of the Year: - Winner: JAMES CAMERON, Director - Avatar
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR BY AN ACTOR: - Winner: SAM ROCKWELL Moon
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR BY AN ACTRESS: - Winner: CAREY MULLIGAN An Education
Screenwriter of the Year: - Winner: JASON REITMAN & SHELDON TURNER, Up in The Air
Rising Star of the year: - Winner: CAREY MULLIGAN, In An Education
All Time Legend: - RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH
Additionally 9 categories which have been voted for by the UK's cinema going public throughout January are today unveiled. Each award listed below was decided by an online public vote via a dedicated media partner. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince reigns triumphant with 3 wins: Best British Film, Best Film Music Of The Year and Best Use of UK Locations in A Film.
UK Public Vote Awards Winners:
CLASSIC FM'S 'FILM MUSIC OF THE YEAR' AWARD - Winner: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW'S 'BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR' AWARD - Winner: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
BRIT FILM.TV'S 'BEST NEW DIRECTOR' AWARD - Winner: DUNCAN JONES - MOON
BRIGHTON ARGUS'S '3D FILM OF THE YEAR' AWARD - Winner: AVATAR
VISIT BRITAIN'S 'BEST USE OF UK LOCATIONS USED IN A FILM' AWARD - Winner: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
THE LIST'S 'FILM OF THE YEAR AWARD (SCOTLAND) - Winner: NATIVITY
VENUE MAGAZINE'S 'FILM OF THE YEAR' AWARD - Winner: UP
THE BIRMINGHAM MAILS' 'FILM OF THE YEAR' AWARD - Winner: NATIVITY
EM MEDIA'S' BEST FILM MADE IN THE MIDLANDS' AWARD - Winner: UNMADE BEDS
Lord Attenborough CBE, who wins this year's All Time Legend Award said: 'I offer my warmest congratulations to this admirable set of winners - and I am honoured to be included amongst them. The last year has shown the cinema to be resilient and innovative, with audiences eager to share and enjoy the uniquely immersive theatrical experience. It has also brought a marvellous array of films with compelling performances from experienced and emerging talents who can accept their accolades safe in the knowledge that their work has left its mark on millions of cinema-goers.'
Sam Rockwell who wins Performance of the Year by an Actor said 'I'm so grateful to Duncan for steering this ship in outer space and for making it a highlight of my career in everyday."
Public voted Best New Director winner Duncan Jones said 'I can't tell you how fortunate I feel to have worked with Sam Rockwell on Moon. Frankly, I feel fortunate to have worked with ALL the incredibly talented people I did on the film: Kevin Spacey, Clint Mansell, Stuart Fenegan, Gavin Rothery. What makes me feel most fortunate though, is that we have been able to show off all our hard work to an audience, and that audience has appreciated what we created. Thank you so much for this huge honour. I hope I can continue to work in this unique and amazing job for the rest of my life.
3 time Public Vote winner David Heyman Producer, of Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince said: 'On behalf of all the cast and crew and everyone involved in the making of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I would like to thank you all so much for these three wonderful awards. Your loyalty, passion and support of these films has always meant so much to us. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince has been nominated for a further 2 Bafta awards. Twice Public voted Film Of The Year Nativity is a British improvised comedy based around a school Nativity play. Director Debbie Issit said: 'Winning these public votes for the prestigious Richard Attenborough Film Awards is such a thrill for all of us who worked on Nativity! People really took the film to their hearts and this is the icing on the Christmas cake for us! I would really like to take this opportunity to thank the Birmingham Evening Mail and The List for their support of Nativity! and especially to thank everyone who voted for us.'
29th January 2009: Richard Attenborough Film Awards winners announced:
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS' FILM OF THE YEAR - WINS FOUR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH FILM AWARDS IN ALL.
KATE WINSLET AND MICKEY ROURKE NAMED ACTRESS AND ACTOR OF THE YEAR.
29 January 2009: Cinema Days, the trade events for UK regional film journalists, today announces the results of the third annual Richard Attenborough Film Awards (RAFAs), the awards decided by UK regional film critics. Their prestigious accolade of film of the year goes to Slumdog Millionaire, which also wins Filmmaker of the year for Danny Boyle and Rising Star for Dev Patel. Voting in the six categories (below) took place online between 15 December 2008 and 26 January 2009. The voting constituency was staff and freelance arts and entertainment writers, critics and editors in all branches of UK regional media. Many gather regularly at the Cinema Days events held three times a year. Results as follows:
UK regional critics'vote:
Film of the Year - Winner: Slumdog Millionaire
Filmmaker of the Year: - Winner: Danny Boyle, director, - Slumdog Millionaire
ACTOR OF HE YEAR: - Winner: Mickey Rourke The Wrestler
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR: - Winner: Kate Winslet The Reader
Screenwriter of the Year: - Winner: Martin McDonagh, In Bruges
Rising Star of the year: - Winner: Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire
UK public vote:
British Film of the year in association with The Alan Titchmarsh Show - Winner: Mamma Mia! The Movie
British Breakthrough Star of the yearin association with Focus preview magazine - Winner: Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire
Original film score of the year in association with Classic FM - Winner: The Dark Knight - composers James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer
Filmmaker of the year, Danny Boyle said: "This is a delight and an honour to be recognised for Slumdog Millionaire. My only regret is it doesn't happen for every film! Love and thanks from everyone involved in Slumdog Millionaire, and a big shout to all our friends at Cinema Days. I would walk across hot coals, and often have, to get to the Cinema Days screenings. It's brilliant, I love meeting the regional critics as they emerge glassy-eyed from twelve hours of consecutive screenings!"
Dev Patel, star of Slumdog Millionaire, said: "I'm thrilled to have received this special recognition from the UK regional critics. I have been absolutely amazed by the sheer scale and scope of the reaction to this film and I want to thank everyone for their support. I feel truly honoured.”
Actress of the year, Kate Winslet has been nominated for both British and US Academy Awards, as well as already winning a Golden Globe and Screen Actors' Guild Award, for her performance as Hanna Schmitz in The Reader, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare.
Kate Winslet said: "I am thrilled to have been honoured by this group of critics whose contribution to the world of cinema throughout the UK is invaluable and which too often goes unrecognised.”
Actor of the year, Mickey Rourke's performance as retired pro, Randy 'The Ram' Robinson, in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler has also attracted global acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination. It is Rourke's first on-screen appearance since Stormbreaker (2006).
In Bruges was the debut feature film written and directed by Screenwriter of the year, Martin McDonagh. Having won an Oscar in 2006 for his black comedy short, Six Shooter, he wrote the darkly comic original screenplay for In Bruges. Its cast was led by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes..
British Film of the year, Mamma Mia! is the highest grossing release ever in UK cinemas. A UK-US co-production directed by Phyllida Lloyd on location in Greece and at Pinewood Studios, it stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried.
Double RAFA winner, The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, is also a UK-US co-production. It stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Sir Michael Caine and the late Heath Ledger as The Joker. It was the third most successful film in UK cinemas in 2008 out of 531 new releases, tripling the box-office receipts of its predecessor, Batman Begins(2005).
The RAFA results were announced at lunchtime yesterday (29 January) at an event hosted by TV presenter, Liz Fuller, in London's West End. In recognition of their achievement, the ten RAFA winners will each receive a glass diamond mounted on a plinth, inscribed and engraved with Lord Attenborough's signature.
RAFA host, Liz Fuller, said: "These ten awards, spread across six remarkable films, bear witness to the world-class standing of British actors and filmmakers. I am delighted to be part of this year's RAFA celebrations, giving regional critics and audiences their own say on the year's most impressive movies.”
January 2008: Richard Attenborough Film Awards winners announced:
ATONEMENT IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS' FILM OF THE YEAR.
January 2007: Richard Attenborough Film Awards winners announced:
PAN'S LABYRINTH IS THE UK REGIONAL CRITICS' FILM OF THE YEAR.