Mandela movie ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ gets South Africa premiere
Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play lead roles in the film based on Nelson Mandela‘s book ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. (AP) Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom received two nominations at the 34th London Critics Circle Film awards, Videovision said on Wednesday. Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, received nominations for Supporting Actress of the Year and British Actress of the Year. The winners will be announced on February 2. “We congratulate Naomie on receiving these two nominations from the UK’s foremost organisation of film critics,” producer Anant Singh said in a statement. “This is really a massive achievement, well-deserved and very exciting.” The London Critics Circle Film Awards are voted for by the UK’s longest standing and most prestigious critical organisation, which has 140 members who between them see every one of the hundreds of films released in the UK each year. Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom received three Golden Globe nominations last week. Idris Elba received the nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role as former president Nelson Mandela. Alex Heffes received the nomination for Best Original Score, and U2 was nominated for the Best Original Song for Ordinary Love,which was written for the film. The movie features local actors including Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Terry Pheto. Sapa
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Producer Anant Singh, who has spent more than a decade trying to get the film made, called for a moment of silence at the film’s end. “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” opened in a limited release of four theaters in the U.S. last Friday. When the film opens wide on Christmas, it’s sure to draw larger crowds moved to remember Mandela. The Weinstein Co.’s challenge is to not appear to be capitalizing on Mandela’s passing, but celebrating his life. View gallery Zindzi Mandela, center, the daughter of Nelson Mandela arrives to attend the UK premiere of the movi A publicist for the Weinstein Co. said the film’s release schedule won’t be changed, but declined to say if the movie’s marketing would be altered. Harvey Weinstein, the co-chairman of the Weinstein Co., is renowned for his promotional gusto. He’s pushing the film for awards recognition, which hasn’t yet developed in early prizes. But sentiment could flow toward “Mandela: Long Ride to Freedom” following Mandela’s death as voting for the Oscars, Golden Globes and other awards kicks in over the next two months.
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Mandela film shifts from tribute to eulogy
British actress Naomie Harris stars in the movie as Mandela’s second wife, Winnie. Harris, who recently starred in “Skyfall,” also attended the Johannesburg premiere Sunday. Elba with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (center) and her daughter Zindzi at the movie’s premiere. HIDE CAPTION ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ << "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" has premiered in South Africa The film is based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography It stars Idris Elba as Mandela, while Naomie Harries plays his second wife, Winnie Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) — It was decades in the making but the long-awaited film based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography is finally here. Starring British actor Idris Elba as the beloved South African icon, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" had its South African premiere Sunday in a buzzing Johannesburg cinema. "During the preparation for 'Mandela,' I was very nervous about my abilities, my capabilities as an actor," Elba told CNN. "But then it came to me as I was playing a 70-year-old man (that) if you put your mind on something you can actually do it," added Elba, famous for his role as a drug kingpin in U.S. TV series "The Wire." Read this: How Mandela became a brand Mandela, 95, did not attend the premiere as he remains in critical but stable condition in his Johannesburg home, where he is being looked after by a team of military doctors. Yet relatives, friends and former freedom fighters all joined the movie's cast and crew in what was an exciting and emotional gathering. Rugby great: I would've hugged Mandela Nelson Mandela