Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Say Hello to the Cast of the All-New, All-Female 'Ghostsbusters' movie Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Review: Nuance-Deprived "Race" Movie 'Black or White' is Actually About White Frustration (Opens Friday) Trailer: Musical Take on the Gospel According to John the Apostle w/ a Black Cast (Harry Lennix, Chaka Khan, Mali Music, More) Trailer: Musical Take on the Gospel According to John the Apostle w/ a Black Cast (Harry Lennix, Chaka Khan, Mali Music, More) ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' ABC Picks Up New Pilot From Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland Titled 'The Catch' First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! First 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Trailer Surfaces! Watch It Now! Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Lifetime's 'With This Ring' - So What Did You Think of It? Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Review: Nzingha Stewart Guides Lifetime's 'With This Ring' (Premieres Saturday, January 24th) Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study Here Are 10 Reasons Why Many of You Aren't Going to Movie Theaters Anymore, According to a New Study 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record 'Empire' Breaks Fox TV’s 22 Year Old Ratings Record Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Alexandra Shipp Has been Cast as Storm in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' Open Casting Call - 2 Male Leads in New Feature Film From the Producers of 'Pariah' & 'Yelling to the Sky' "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) "Stakes Is High" in First Trailer for Season 2 of STARZ Hit Drama Series 'Power' (Returns This Summer) An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay An Open Letter to My Sister, Ava DuVernay Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Watch Teaser for 'Being Mary Jane' Season 2 + Details on Story, Guest Stars Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Macy Gray, Bryshere Y. Gray (aka Yazz The Greatest) Will Have An Affair In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' It's A 'Hustle & Flow' Reunion! Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Idris Elba & Naomie Harris To Be Honored w/ Inaugural Breakthrough In Film Awards At TIFF

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 4, 2013 at 12:45PM

Maybe the first of many awards to come for the film and its stars?
0
Idris/Mandela

Maybe the first of many awards to come for the film and its stars?

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be feted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (where the film will make its debut) by The Hollywood Reporter. 

Specifically, the stars of the film - Idris Elba and Naomie Harris - will receive The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Breakthrough in Film Awards, in an event that will take place on Sunday, September 8.

The Hollywood Reporter Breakthrough in Film Awards highlights the incredible work of emerging talent,” said Janice Min, editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter. “We are thrilled to recognize Idris Elba and Naomie Harris for their roles in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a film which tells one of the most important stories of our time.

According to THR, The Breakthrough in Film Awards were created to:

... honor the work of an actor and actress in a leading role whose performance marks a turning point in their career.

So I suppose THR believes that Elba and Harris give performances in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom that will mark turning points in their respective careers.

Time will certainly tell. Although both of them have done fairly well in recent years, on both sides of the Atlantic. Idris likely has more name notoriety right now (here in the USA) than Naomie does, thanks to supporting parts in a handful of big budget action movies, and, of course, Luther

He's also fairly active on Twitter.

However, leading man roles in Hollywood continue to evade him, even as his name has been mentioned by fans as a potential replacement for internationally-recognized characters in James Bond and, most recently, Batman. When you're getting that kind *love* from fans, you're doing something right.

Speaking of 007, Harris' most prominent role was likely in the last James Bond flick - Skyfall, playing Eve. She'll reprise the role in the next installment in the franchise, due in 2015.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 29, likely as one of its Oscar contenders.

This could be one of those very rare years in which 2 black actors are nominated in the same Oscar category - I'm speaking specifically of the Best Actor category, which will be crowded this year. Chiwetel Ejiofor has likely ensured himself a nomination slot, given all the praise for 12 Years A Slave, after its Telluride debut last weekend. 

The second of the 5 nominee slots could go to one of these 3 gents: Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale), and, of course, Idris Elba.

I'll go more in-depth on the Oscar race in a much later post.

But, for now, Elba has a slight leg-up on the competition with 1 award to his name, even though it's the Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Breakthrough in Film Award, and not something far more significant that's considered to be an early Oscar predictor.

Still, kudos!

This article is related to: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris


Shadow & ActNewsletter