Mr.Hiddleston being such a gifted and talented performer,
presenter, and presence on stage made this difficult. So I wrote down all movie/television/theatre
award appearances on pieces of paper (there were a lot!), and randomly picked
them out of a container.
My cat may or may not have eaten one.
February 2009 Whatsonstage.com
January 2012 British Academy Film Awards – Orange
“On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Memorable songs and characters (the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum) highlight Alice’s journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts - and her army of playing cards.
In 1938, after the enormous success of Snow White, Disney revived the idea of making an Alice feature and officially registered the title Alice in Wonderland with the Motion Picture Association of America and hired storyboard artist Al Perkins and art director David S. Hall to develop the story and concept art for the film. A storyreel was complete in 1939, but Walt was not pleased as he felt that Hall’s drawings resembled original illustrator Tenniel’s drawings too closely and that the overall tone of Perkins’ script was too grotesque and dark. Walt shelved production on Alice in Wonderland shortly after the screening.
In 1945, shortly after the war ended, Disney once again revived Alice in Wonderland and assigned British author Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) to re-write the script. However, Walt felt that Huxley’s version was too much of a literal adaptation of Carroll’s book. Background artist Mary Blair submitted some concept drawings for Alice in Wonderland. Blair’s paintings moved away from Tenniel’s sketchy illustrations by taking a modernist stance, using bold and unreal colors. Walt liked Blair’s designs, and the script was re-written to focus on comedy, music, and the whimsical side to Carroll’s book.
Through various drafts of the script, many sequences that were present in Carroll’s book drifted in and out of the story. This resulted in many characters being written out. The Doorknob was the only character in the film that did not appear in Carroll’s books.
In an effort to retain some of Carroll’s imaginative verses and poems, Disney commissioned top songwriters to compose songs built around them for use in the film. A record number of potential songs were written for the film, based on Carroll’s verses—over 30—and many of them found a way into the film, if only for a few brief moments. The original song that Alice was to sing in the beginning was titled ‘Beyond the Laughing Sky’. However, Kathryn Beaumont had difficulty singing, and it was decided that starting the film off with a slow ballad would be a little risky on audiences. The song, like so many other dropped songs, was not used by the producers. However, the composition was kept and the lyrics were changed. It later became the title song for Peter Pan (which was in production at the same time), ‘The Second Star to the Right’.
At the time, these creative decisions were met with great criticism from Carroll fans, as well as from British film and literary critics who accused Disney of ‘Americanizing’ a great work of English literature. Disney was not surprised by the critical reception to Alice in Wonderland – his version of Alice was intended for large family audiences, not literary critics – but despite all the long years of thought and effort, the film met with a lukewarm response at the box office and was a sharp disappointment in its initial release. This was the first Disney theatrical film to be shown on television, in 1954.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture, but lost to An American in Paris.
Almost two decades after its original release, Alice in Wonderland suddenly found itself in vogue with the times. In fact, because of Mary Blair’s art direction and the long-standing association of Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with drug culture, the feature was re-discovered as something of a ‘head film’ among the college-aged and was shown in various college towns across the country. The Disney company resisted this association, but then, in 1974, the Disney company gave Alice in Wonderland its first theatrical re-release ever. This re-release was so successful it warranted a subsequent re-release in 1981. By the 1980s, the initial consensus of the film proved to be outdated. The film gained critical acclaim and became one of the most popular Disney movies of all time.”
Dame Judi Dench is a celebrated actress who has garnered wide popular
and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances
in both classical and contemporary roles.
Over her 60-year career, she has been revered for her work in
television, film, and on stage. Dench gained international recognition
for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films.
won numerous major awards, including an Academy Award, 10 BAFTA Awards,
eight Laurence Olivier Awards, and a Tony Award for Best Actress. In
recognition of her many achievements she received an OBE (Order of the
British Empire) in 1970, became a Dame of the British Empire in 1988,
and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.
A few caps from the Commencement Morning Exercises. I managed to snag them while at work. Better ones to follow later.
Jo Baker (Josephine Baker) was an American-born French dancer, jazz and pop music singer, and actress, who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” “Jazz Cleopatra”, and even the “Creole Goddess”. BornFreda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), or to become a world-famous entertainer.
Dubbed “The Black Garbo” in Europe because of her striking beauty,McKinney was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States, as well as one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.
Lena Horne was an American jazz and pop music singer, dancer, actress, and civil rightsactivist.
Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the 1943 films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Because of the Red Scare and her political activism, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood. Her career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and on Broadway
Francine Everett was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.