The nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards are in, and I must say, there is some fierce competition for a statue this year!
Until the awards are actually given out on March 2, we can only speculate on the internet and join the office pool, guessing who will walk away a winner. In the meantime, we can dive into the nominees past works, and learn about the interesting and brilliant choices that this group of actors have made throughout their careers.
Seeing as we are a Shakespeare related theatre company, I have sifted though the careers of the nominees and compiled a list of some of the Shakespeare related works that they have been a part of over the years! Enjoy!
Christian Bale (Best Actor Nominee)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor Nominee)
- Macbeth (1997 theatre production) as Malcom
- Romeo and Juliet (2000 theatre production) as Romeo
- Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003 TV movie) as Orsino
- Othello (2007 theatre production) as Othello
Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor Nominee)
- Romeo and Juliet (1996 movie) as Romeo
Amy Adams (Best Actress Nominee)
- Into the Woods (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Production) as Baker’s Wife
Cate Blanchett (Best Actress Nominee)
- Richard II (2009 Sydney Festival) as Richard II
*Fun Fact- This role was part of a show called The War of the Roses, which condensed all of Shakespeare’s historical plays into one 8 hour performance!
Judi Dench (Best Actress Nominee)
- An Age of Kings- Henry V Part 1, 2 (1960 TV series) as Princess Katherine of France
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968 movie) as Titania
- The Comedy of Errors (1978 TV movie) as Adriana
- Henry V (1989 movie) as Mistress Nell Quickly
- Hamlet (1996 movie) as Hecuba
- Shakespeare in Love (1998 movie) as Queen Elizabeth
*Fun Fact- Judi Dench also performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company for many years.
Meryl Streep (Best Actress Nominee)
- The Taming of the Shrew (1978 Shakespeare in the Park Production) as Katherine
- Romeo and Juliet (2012 Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet
Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor Nominee)
- Macbeth (Currently in Pre-production) as Macbeth
Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)
- Much Ado About Nothing (2000 theatre production)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2000 theatre production)
Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress Nominee)
- The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama Production)
- The Taming of the Shrew (Yale School of Drama Production)
Have you seen any of these movies or performances? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!