Kent’s Links to Nominated Films and Actors
The bright lights of Hollywood may seem like a world away from sunny Kent, but as the scintillating 2021 Oscars ceremony takes place tonight, the county can claim links to the nominated films and actors.
The 93rd Academy Awards take place in the United States today – broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m., with the red carpet starting around 11:30 p.m. for viewers in the UK – with organizers saying there will be no Zoom element to the ceremony, although many more. details have yet to be revealed.
Actor Gary Oldman, who spent part of his teenage years living in the county, is among the big names waiting to see if they win one of the iconic gold statues.
He is nominated for his role in Mank, as Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz.
The 59-year-old lived in Stanhope as a teenager and attended Duncan Bowen High School, now The John Wallis Academy.
He already has an Oscar in his bathroom, as in 2018 he won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill, which was partly filmed at Churchill’s family home in Chartwell, Sevenoaks. Some scenes were also shot at Fort Amherst in Chatham.
He and another actor with a relationship with Ashford, Sir Mark Rylance, have both won Oscars before.
Ashford-born Rylance, who last won a BAFTA Supporting Actor in 2016 for his role in Bridge of Spies alongside Tom Hanks, may not be up for an award, but his film, The Trial of the Chicago 7, appears in a number of categories.
The 1968 legal drama sees Rylance, who moved from Ashford to America as a child, playing the lawyer who defended the Chicago 7, William Kunstler.
Sacha Baron Cohen is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for her turn as social activist Abbie Hoffman in the film. His photography of Phedon Papamichael is also up for grabs and the film is also up for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Olivia Colman also received an Oscar for her supporting role in The Father. In 2019, she won the Best Actress award for her role in The Favorite, which was partly shot at Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
The British star is nominated alongside Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Glenn Close for Hillbilly Elegy, Amanda Seyfried for Mank and Yuh-Jung Youn for Minari.
The past year has seen the arts and film industry particularly affected by the pandemic.
Margate-based writer and director Yero Timi-Biu, who has worked on productions like BFI, Sky and Channel 4, told kmfm how the pandemic has changed cinema.
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