Sunday night’s Jameson Empire Awards brought a lot of satisfaction, for myself and many others, as exceptional work was finally recognised by the people who matter most to filmmakers (I hope) – the viewers. Having previously been ignored by pretty much every major awards body, people such as Olivia Colman and Gary Oldman were celebrated as heroes of their craft. I am still at a loss to understand why Oldman has never one an Oscar, and was only nominated for the first time this year. I mean, the man’s an acting genius! He is a veritable chameleon of the silver screen, and most definitely a national treasure.
I was utterly captivated by Colman’s performance in Tyrannosaur, it is without doubt the greatest film I’ve ever seen that I never want to see again. I’m so glad that she has finally been given the recognition that she deserves and I cannot wait to see her future dramatic performances. She has made me shriek with laughter in Green Wing and Peep Show, and left me weeping in despair as she tearfully asks to be held in Tyrannosaur. Is there nothing that this woman can’t achieve?
If you want to watch her acceptance speech, or that of any of the other winners, click on this link: http://www.empireonline.com/awards2012/winners/actress.asp
[Image via thisislondon.co.uk]