Thursday, February 19, 2009

Michael is a very busy boy

According to IMDB, here are Michael's upcoming projects:

The Sweeney (2010) (pre-production) (rumored) .... George Carter
Wuthering Heights (2010) (pre-production) .... Heathcliff
Centurion (2009) (pre-production) .... Quintus Dias

Fish Tank (2009) (post-production) .... Connor
Inglourious Basterds (2009) (post-production) .... Lt. Archie Hicox
Creek (2009) .... Richard Wirth

I'm going to have to research his 'Centurion' character to see what's up with that. But it is the LEAD role and that is just so cool! And I know Wuthering Heights has been done only 38 times before, so what's another one? Well, this one will be with Michael and it should be a little different. And I don't know much about The Sweeney other than it's from a British cop show or something. And then you have his three post-production films that all will be released this year. There's no way I could go to any premiere for Michael, but I hope that Wuthering Heights will be shown at Toronto in Sept 2010, that would be awesome. And I'm planning (fingers crossed) to be in London for my birthday in September, so if something is going down around then, I will plan accordingly, but outside of Toronto, I don't go to film premieres.

You know what I find disrespectful and pathetic? None of the popular awards forums that I visit, which practically live and breathe to discuss anything that hands out acting awards, talked about the Irish Film & Television Awards. WTF? I was so happy about Michael's win that I posted it in the 'Hunger' thread at Awards Daily and only one person followed up with a comment. People are so drunk on the Oscar kool-aid that nothing else matters at the moment. If you are not an Oscar nominee, you are not a topic of conversation at the moment. As I posted at MFO, I'm really happy that the IFTAs honored Michael with Best Actor and Rising Star because I really believe that in a regional context, since the Oscars overlook so many worthy films and performances, that it really is a sentimental win to be nominated and win an award, the top one from your home country. Maybe one day the Oscars could be bothered to look at Michael, but until then, I'll be more than content with Michael being honored by the UK and Europe film industry community.

And as a side note, re: Oscars, I'm hoping that either Mickey Rourke or Sean Penn win Best Actor, Meryl Streep win Best Actress, Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor, Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress, and Milk for Best Film.

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