Saturday, July 18, 2009

Regency World Awards and Emmy nominations

The winners of the Jane Austen Regency World Awards have been announced!

Colin Firth won the award for best-ever Mr. Darcy.

Best-ever Mr. Darcy?

Could someone please explain to me what it so good about Firth's Darcy? *Sighs*. I still don't get the Firth-as-Darcy thing. Maybe I never will. I'll take David Rintoul's or Matthew MacFadyen's Darcys over Colin Firth's any day of the week! CF just isn't right as Darcy, in my opinion. Plus, I don't think he's all that good-looking - wet shirt or not.

Sense and Sensibility 2008 picked up three awards - best adaptation, best actor (David Morissey as Colonel Brandon), and best actress (Hattie Morahan as Elinor Dashwood). Hugh Bonneville (Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen) won the award for best supporting actor.

Click here to read the full article at the Jane Austen Centre website.

Matthew MacFadyen as Arthur Clennam in Little Dorrit

Now - Emmy nominations! The BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit has 11 of them! Yay! However, I must concur with Charleybrown - why were Matthew MacFadyen and Claire Foy snubbed??

Here are the awards Little Dorrit is up for:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie
  • Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
  • Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie
  • Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
  • Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie
  • Outstanding Miniseries
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Tom Courtenay [Mr. Dorrit] and Andy Serkis [Rigaud] both received nominations for this award.)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Here's hoping it wins them all!

Current Mood: Disappointed


Charleybrown said...

Ahh Elise, I keep forgetting that you're not a fan of the Firth! I suppose if he doesn't appeal to you there's not much we can do to convince you. I think that all the Darcy's put me off at first with their stiff arrogance but I adored the 1995 series and during the 5 hours, he won me over! I love when we finally get to see his softer side as falls for Lizzie. My favourite image is when he watches her play piano at Pemberley.

Miss Jen said...

Oh.... we are watching "Little Dorrit"
right now... it is great!!! :)
Have you seen it, Elise?!

Many Blessings~ Jen

Miss Jen said...

your new blog look is simply

The Editrix said...

LOL, thanks Jen! :-D Yes, I have seen Little Dorrit, but I don't have it on DVD (yet).

Charleybrown - you're right, I don't think I'll every be convinced! Having said that, I don't at all dislike Firth/Darcy - I just don't think he got Darcy's character quite right.

In an interview with Andrew Davies, he said that that moment - Lizzy and Darcy gazing at each other over the piano - is his favourite scene out of all of the screenplays he has written. :-)

Barbara said...

What I do not understand is the choice of Colonel Brandon - Alan Rickman is the one and only wonderful Colonel Brandon for me :)

Charleybrown said...

Barbara, I'm waiting myself for more results from Regency World. I believe that most awards were for "recent" Jane Austen adaptations except for the Darcy vote! I do believe that if they asked for best ever Brandon, we would see Alan Rickman prevail! :)

Charleybrown said...

btw Elise, thanks for your playlist! I woke early today and your music was wonderful to wake to :)

Lady Celia said...

Why were Matthew MacFadyen and Claire Foy snubed? They were fantastic in Little Dorrit. Well, at least LD got some nominations.

Charity said...

I think most people like Firth's Darcy because it's the "truest" adaptation to the book. Therefore, the man they so loved in the novel comes to the screen with most of his dialogue and different scenes intact.

Me? Well, I just like Colin Firth. And I hate the new "Pride & Prejudice," in spite of liking the actors. I don't know what it is that bugs me about it, but something frustrates me whenever I watch it.

I agree with Barbara about Colonel Brandon. I liked the new one fine but my favorite will always be Alan Rickman.

Rachael said...

Did you watch "Little Dorrit"? We are going through it for the second time.....LOVE IT SOOOOO MUCH!!!
I really like your blog, the movie pictures on the side are such a cool idea. I got so excited when I saw "Nothanger Abbey" and "Little Dorrit".
xo Rach