Oscar-nominated, and BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning English actor Bob Hoskins has died. The star of such films as The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mona Lisa passed away Tuesday night following a bout of pneumonia. He was 71. Hoskins was last seen in 2012′s Snow White And The Huntsman and that same year announced his retirement from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The versatile Hoskins hailed from West Suffolk but was brought up in London. He began acting on the stage in the late 1960s, and throughout the 1970s, he appeared in several UK television series including the 1978 BBC mini Pennies From Heaven. Early in his feature career, he had roles in such films as Zulu Dawn, Pink Floyd The Wall, The Cotton Club and Brazil. But it was 1980 crime drama The Long Good Friday that gave him his breakout starring part. The now-classic gangster movie, which co-starred Helen Mirren, earned Hoskins his first BAFTA Film Award nomination for Lead Actor. In 1986, he starred in Neil Jordan’s noir mystery Mona Lisa opposite Michael Caine, Cathy Tyson and Robbie Coltrane.
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The 69-year-old Hoskins was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last autumn. In a statement released today his agent said Hoskins was setting aside a “wonderful career” to spend time with his family. “He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him”, the statement said.
Hoskins received an Oscar nomination for his 1987 turn in Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, which earned him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Actor. His other film credits include The Long Good Friday, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Mrs. Henderson Presents. He also appeared in the 1978 TV mini-series Pennies From Heaven. His last role was in Snow White And The Huntsman, released earlier this year, in which he played one of the dwarves. Hoskins skipped that film’s premieres and promotion.
He joins Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Bob Hoskins in the two-part miniseries that Sky Movies HD and Syfy are co-producing. Nick Willing is writing and producing this Peter Pan prequel, which Sky Movies HD is financing with Syfy. Currently in production in Genoa, Italy and Dublin, Ireland, Neverland is slated to air in 2011. Irish indie Parallel Films is the producer.
Cannes/MIPCOM, October 4, 2010: Nominations for the 38th International Emmy® Awards were announced today by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a Press Conference at Mipcom. There are 39 nominees in 10 categories. The full list of Nominees follows this release. Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Ceremony hosted by Actor/Director Jason Priestley, on November 22, 2010 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
Nominations span 15 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, The Philippines, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom, The competition took place with three rounds of judging over a period of 6 months, with participation from over 700 judges in 50 different countries.
Performance nominations include leading actors and actresses from Argentina- Leonardo Sbaraglia; Brazil-Lilia Cabral; Germany- Sebastien Koch & Iris Berben; The Philippines-Sid Lucero; The United Kingdom-Bob Hoskins & Helena Bonham Carter and South Africa-Lerato Moloisane.
In addition to the presentation of the International Emmy® Awards for programming, the Academy will present two special awards. Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live and in so doing reinvented comedy on television and launched a generation of major film and TV stars, is set to receive the 2010 International Emmy® Directorate Award. American Idol Judge and Got Talent Executive Producer, Simon Cowell will receive the 2010 International Emmy® Founders Award.
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EXCLUSIVE: He’s now repped by Lindy King. The Oscar nominee was with Independent in London. He’s still with CAA in the US. Hoskins next stars in comedy Made In Dagenham, which Sony Pictures Classics is due to release in the States on November 19, about the 1968 strike at a British car factory where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Sally Hawkins also stars. The project was originally titled We Want Sex after a famous photo of the women strikers holding a banner reading “We Want Sex Equality.” Unfortunately, they hadn’t unfurled the banner properly.