It seems to be at this time of year when the best films are released, and that’s not a coincidence, unless you’ve been hiding under a stone the last few weeks you’ll have noticed that we’re in the midst of Bafta and (soon to be) Oscar fever. Each year, the film industry’s top talent gather to recognise and award the stars who have lit up the silver screen. People may not be too sure what the difference is between the two awards so let me enlighten you..The Baftas are the biggest film and television awards in Britain; the academy was created in 1947 by a group of British film producers and it aims to celebrate film, television and games. The Oscars are, some might say the most prestigious and coveted film awards in the world, oh yes every actor wants to get their mitts on those attractive little gold statues! It was set up in 1927 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with 36 members, now there are more than 6000 members. Why “Oscar”? Well no-one really knows for sure, but rumour has it that one member thought the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar – and so it stuck.
Did you know that Walt Disney has won more Oscars than anyone else? He was nominated for 64 and won 26! The youngest ever is Tatum O’Neal who was ten when she won best supporting actress for the film Paper Moon which was directed by Peter Bogdanovich.
We at Davis Brown estate agents often rub shoulders with some of those talented folk who have helped to create some of the best British television and film in. We have a few local talents who are tenants of ours, in Goodge Street we have Pozzitive Television who specialize in comedy and entertainment, whose credits include comedy greats such as French & Saunders, Spitting Image, The Young Ones. Our neighbours in Margaret Street include Green Room Entertainment which is run by Nick Hamm and Isabel Freer. Currently in post-production on the feature film The Journey which is directed by Hamm and starring top Brit actors Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney and John Hurt. In Great Portland Street we have Sneezing Tree Films, around the corner in Eastcastle Street we have Genie Pictures who create jaw-dropping documentaries, and last but not least we have DAA Management – a talent agency in Wells Street. Date for your diary, The Oscars are being held on 28th February this year.