Irons has received several honors, including the Academy Award for Best Actor for his depiction of suspected attempted murderer Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990). He is also a two-time winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and has been nominated for three Golden Globes.
Irons began his acting career in Britain in 1975 where he became known for his role as Sir Edmund Talbot in the television series The Chief Inspector. In 1980, he appeared in John Schlesinger's film version of Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman. This was followed by acclaimed roles in films such as Black Sunday (2002), The Illusionist (2006), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
Irons moved to America in 1987 and has since appeared in many films, including Hocus Pocus, The Usual Suspects, Frost/Nixon, The Prestige, Bernie, and 12 Years a Slave.
On April 23, 2011, Irons received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony was held at 6701 Hollywood Blvd. Irons' wife at the time, Catherine Zeta-Jones, presented him with the award. They were married from 1985 to 1993. She has since retired from acting to focus on their family.
The film, which dealt with the grim reality of warriors adjusting to new families and a different country after years of fighting, received seven Academy Awards and a special Oscar, including best picture, best director for William Wyler, and best actor for Frederic March. It also took home awards for outstanding writing, music, and editing.
Harold Russell was responsible for directing more than 100 films between 1914 and 1971. He began his career as an assistant director and worked his way up through the ranks before becoming one of Hollywood's leading directors. Among his most famous works are The Outlaw (1943), which won him his first Oscar; Wuthering Heights (1939); and Gunga Din (1939).
Russell was born on August 24th, 1869 in Hillsdale County, Michigan. His parents were Irish immigrants who had come to the United States looking for work. When he was only nine years old, his father died and his mother could not continue to support her four children so she sent Harold to live with an uncle in Chicago. There he met another young boy named Wallace who became his best friend until they both started working at a factory at the age of 14. They used their wages to buy movie magazines and this is when Harold first realized that he would like to be a filmmaker too.
Irons has also had roles in Steven Soderbergh's mystery thriller Kafka (1991), the period drama The House of the Spirits (1993), the romantic drama M. Butterfly (1993), the voice of Scar in Disney's The Lion King (1994), Simon Gruber in the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Humbert Humbert in the drama...
He was also Oscar Wilde in the television movie The Ballad of Wilde Horse (1998).
Irons received an Academy Award nomination for his role as British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in the 1991 film Mrs. Macmillan, and he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for the same role.
After filming Mrs. Macmillan, Irons went on to play various other characters including Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Emperor Claudius in the 1995 TV miniseries Rome. He then took on the role of Howard Hughes in the 1997 biopic Hollywood.
Irons continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s and 2000s, such as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), A History of Violence (2005), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Revolutionary Road (2008), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
In 2012, he appeared in the films The Machine Stops and Snowpiercer and will next be seen in the upcoming film The Dead Don't Die.
"The Iron Lady," Meryl Streep This performance earned Streep her 17th Oscar nomination and third win, as well as awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe. The film tells the story of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her struggle with opposition leader John Major over issues such as Britain's involvement in the European Union.
Thatcher was a dominant figure in British politics for almost three decades, becoming one of the most famous women in the world. She led the country during some turbulent times, including the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike, and the fall of apartheid in South Africa. However, she also won two elections and built up a large majority, so it can be argued that she failed to achieve anything significant.
As well as being an actress, Meryl Streep is also a producer, director, and singer. She has won several awards for her work in these other roles, too. In 1982, she became the first person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for two different roles. Her first role was in "Kramer vs. Kramer", and then eight years later she returned to play another woman facing divorce: this time it was American actress Susan Lindsey, who faces separation from her husband in "The Other Side of Midnight".
Notably, Hal Mohr is the only individual to have won an Academy Award without being nominated. A write-in campaign in 1936 earned him the Best Cinematography Oscar for his work on A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935).
Luise Rainer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Good Earth," making her the first performer to win two Oscars and the first to win consecutive acting prizes after her performance in "The Great Ziegfeld."
Best Actor (Ben Kingsley in his debut lead role), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art/Set Direction, Best Picture Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Screenplay were among the eight honors given to the film. Director Richard Attenborough was nominated for two Oscars: Best Picture (as producer) and Best Director. The film also won two British Film Institute (BFI) Awards: Best Foreign Language Film and Most Promising Newcomer. It is the only foreign-language film to ever win both awards.
Kingsley became the first actor to win the award for best actor twice. He previously won the award for Gandhi in 1982.
The film tells the story of Indian independence activist Mahatma Gandhi (Kingsley). He plays an important role in the struggle for freedom from Britain's rule. The film is based on the book Gandhi by Sanjay Subrahmanyam. It was written and directed by Richard Attenborough. The movie was released in India on January 19, 1995 and in United States a month later on February 9. It earned more than $40 million at the box office worldwide.
Attenborough won the Oscar for best director and best picture. The other nominees for best director were Ron Howard for Apollo 13, Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa, and Ridley Scott for Gladiator. For best picture, there were five nominees: Apollo 13, Babe, Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and Shakespeare in Love.