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Friday, January 11, 2013

P&P Oscar Revisited (Part 2): 4 Oscars Nominations for Keira Knightley and her Pride & Prejudice film 7 Years Ago This Month!

With Joe Wright and Keira Knightley's third film collaboration Anna Karenina (starring Keira Knightley and P&P co-star Matthew Macfadyen) earning a similar 4 Oscar Nominations, Thursday,  January 10th (minus Keira in the Best Actress category she was only nominated back in 2006 for Elizabeth Bennet role in P&P ...replaced by Best Cinematography for Seamus McGarvey, who was also nominated for Atonement back in 2008)...just thought I'd revisit, reminisce, and look back from this same month of January (2006), 7 years ago, when their first film collaboration, my all-time favorite Pride & Prejudice film scored 4 Oscar Nominations (including Best actress nod for Keira). As usual though, poor Joe Wright, who always get snubbed by the Academy Awards since P&P movie.

Here are the 4 Oscar Nominations for Pride & Prejudice (2005) as announced back in January 31st, 2006:

1. Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Keira Knightley
2. Best Achievement in Art Direction - Sarah Greenwood (art director), Katie Spencer (set decorator)
3. Best Achievement in Costume Design - Jacqueline Durran
4. Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score - Dario Marianelli

Pride & Prejudice Oscar Nominee Reactions:

Keira Knightley: "We spent a glorious summer making this film in lovely England, with lovely, lovely director Joe Wright. It was great news to wake up to after a long night shoot on a pirate ship -- four wonderful nominations! I'm so proud."

Dario Marianelli: "I was in the studio writing a cue for my next film, my mind a million miles away from 'Pride & Prejudice,' when Joe Wright called me with the news. I literally had to sit down, breathless. There's a misguided notion that one has to suffer to do good work, and that just didn't happen on this film. It's been a real blessing."


Sarah Greenwood: "I was with 'Pride's' director Joe Wright and producer Paul Webster having a rather dull budget meeting on our next movie at Working Title when the call came in. Needless to say, we all yelped with joy! I'm over the moon!"


Jacqueline Durran:
"When Joe Wright and I first talked about the costumes for 'Pride & Prejudice,' we both agreed to alter the aesthetic of the usual period look, and opted for more provincial, earthy, lived-in and real costumes. I'm so thrilled that our approach has been embraced!" (Oscar Nominee Reactions courtesy Variety)

FYI: At the time of Keira's Oscar nomination back in 2006, she was the third youngest Best Actress nominee, after Keisha Castle-Hughes (13 in 2003) and Isabelle Adjani (a younger 20 in 1975).

Unfortunately, Keira and our beloved P&P lost all 4 of their Oscar nominations! Still, it didn't stop the film from being a box office hit with a worldwide total gross of over $121+ million (via Box Office Mojo), fan favorite, and getting Keira Knightley more famous as does its director Joe Wright. Not too mention, Keira sizzled @ the Oscars with her dazzling burgundy silk-taffeta one-shoulder gown, designed esp. for her, which was sold in an online auction for STG4,301 ($A10,390) to fund relief work in East Africa, Britain's Oxfam charity. She may have lost @ the Oscars, but that night, she rocked the Oscar fashions and was one of the Best Dressed Oscar Nominees. Most people don't even remember the winners anyway, but what they wore that night was what mostly everyone remember the most, lol! Besides, even if she never receives another Oscar accolade in her entire career, she will forever be 'Academy Award nominated actress Keira Knightley' for her best recognized Elizabeth Bennet role in Pride & Prejudice film.

Here was the famous...


Announcement screen cap
of Keira's Nomination for Best Actress

See previously posted P&P Oscar Revisited: Keira Knightley and Pride & Prejudice's 2006 Memorable Oscar Moments

Speaking of the Oscars and award nominations for Joe Wright's P&P and Anna Karenina, here are an interesting GG, BAFTA, and Oscar awards stats for his trilogy films with Keira Knightley...


Pride & Prejudice (2005) - 2 Golden Globe (including Best Actress in a comedy or musical nod for Keira Knightley and Best Motion Picture comedy or musical), 6 BAFTA (including a Carl Foreman Award for the Most Promising Newcomer win for Joe Wright), and 4 Oscars (including Best Actress nod for Keira Knightley) nominations.

Atonement (2007) - 7 Golden Globe (including Best Actress nod for Keira Knightley, Best director nod for Joe Wright, Best Motion Picture - Drama win, and Best Original score win for Dario Marianelli),  14 BAFTA (including Best Actress nod for Keira Knightley, Best Director nod for Joe Wright, and a win for both Best Film and Best Production Design), and 7 Oscars (including a Best Original score win for Dario Marianelli) nominations.

Anna Karenina (2012) - 1 Golden Globe (Best Original Score for Dario Marianelli), 7 BAFTA (including Best British Film nod, Best Costume Design nod for Jacqueline Durran, and EE Rising Star nod for Alicia Vikander), and 4 Oscars (including Best Cinematography for Seamus McGarvey, and Best Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran) nominations.

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