Angelina Jolie was honored with an Award at the 15th Annual AFI Awards for her movie Unbroken. Here are photos from the event:
Angelina Jolie has just beaten two giants.
Jolie’s second work as a director, Unbroken, is now expected to be the top film at the Christmas Day box office, besting Disney’s Into the Woods as well as the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Unbroken is on track to earn $15.6 million in Christmas Day ticket sales, according to Deadline, outpacing Into the Woods, which was initially expected to be the day’s big winner with an estimated $13.6 million in sales.
The film, which Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson calls “respectfully, carefully made”, is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling biography of Louis Zamperini, the real life Olympic runner turned World War II airman turned P.O.W. Jolie directed the cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Finn Wittrock, and Jack O’Connell. (See Vanity Fair’s photo shoot with the cast here.) Unbroken has also earned an A- at Cinemascore.
Jolie told Vanity Fair what she hoped audiences would take away from the film: “The main message [of the movie] is about how you choose to live your life—that there is greatness in everyone.”
The box office triumph must be doubly sweet for Jolie, after the hopeful Oscar contender was overlooked by both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. While she waits for the Oscar nominations to be announced, Jolie has nominations for best picture, director, adapted screenplay and cinematography from the Critics’ Choice Awards (plus Brad Pitt) to keep her warm at night.
Here’s the full interview from The Hollywood Report Directors Round Table. You can read the interview over at their website.
Universal Pictures today confirmed that Angelina Jolie will be withdrawing from public events scheduled over the coming days due to a mild bout of chicken pox. She intends to resume her schedule and press engagements at the earliest opportunity.
“You have to laugh at the timing,” the director commented. “I was sure nothing could stop me from supporting Unbroken. I am heartbroken to miss our premiere, most of all the chance to be there with Louie’s family, Phil’s daughter Karen, veterans and all the guests who are coming.”
Universal Pictures said: “We all wish Angelina a speedy recovery and look forward to her returning to her work very soon. She is in very good spirits, considering after two years of hard work, she will not be there the night it finally premieres.”
Monday night, her children and Brad will attend to represent her. Brad’s family has flown in for the occasion, and are all looking forward to seeing the film.
Can you imagine a world in which Angelina Jolie would have married Jon Stewart instead of Brad Pitt? Stewart can, and while speaking to the Oscar-winning actress and Unbroken director on last night’s show, the Daily Show host painted her a picture of what that alternate universe would have looked like. “If you’d ended up with me instead of Brad Pitt,” Stewart began, “Our portmanteau—Stewart and Jolie—would have been Stolie. We could have been a vodka brand!” (Stewart may have met her before her present-day husband did. The two co-starred in a long-forgotten ensemble drama called Playing by Heart back in 1998.)
At another point in the interview, Jolie confessed that she has not been able to sit through all of the movies in which she has acted. “Do you want to talk to me about them?” Stewart asked without missing a beat. “Because I’ve seen them all.” The fun starts at the 4:40 minute mark. And by the end of the interview, Stewart has skillfully segued a conversation about Louis Zamperini, the World War II prison-camp survivor who is the subject of Jolie’s film, to what Brad Pitt wears at night while watching The Daily Show.
For awards watchers, there was one last film that remained to be seen — until Sunday, when Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” played for audiences in Los Angeles and New York. Though the film had premieres in Australia and London, reviews are under embargo until Monday. But judging by the guild screenings in L.A., Universal Pictures has a heavy hitter on its hands. The film is a surefire best picture nominee, with Jolie likely to break into the director race. Acting categories might be harder to crack with such stiff competition, but star Jack O’Connell could make his way into the best actor race, and supporting actor Miyavi also has a fair shot for playing the main villain.
The film first screened in the morning for the SAG Nominating Committee, ending to rapturous applause. SAG is generally a warm audience and the star presence of Jolie certainly helped the excitement. But a standing ovation was given not only for Jolie but star O’Connell, who was clearly caught off guard. Also joining in the Q&A, moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley, were actors Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Miyavi.
“Unbroken” comes with an impressive pedigree; Joel and Ethan Coen are among the credited writers who adapted Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller and the cinematography is by the great Roger Deakins, who has 11 Oscar nominations for his previous work, including “No Country for Old Men” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” It tells the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who, as a soldier in WWII, survived in a life raft lost at sea for 47 days before being sent to a Japanese prison camp for over two years.
While the panel spoke with great reverence about working on the film and Zamperini, who died earlier this year, there were moments of humor as well. Most of the cast lost weight to portray the difficult conditions they were in, to which Gleeson noted he was happy to do it for a great film. “You don’t want to starve yourself for a sh—y movie,” he said. When Hedlund revealed he earned his SAG card for the film “Troy,” Riley pointed out that the star of that movie (Jolie’s husband, Brad Pitt) is a pretty good actor. Quipped Gleeson about his father, “Brendan Gleeson is really good in it, too.”
Full article at Variety.com