It will never happen and I know it's a variation on a theme he's played throughout his career but seriously I'm willing to bet that Hugh Grant's performance in this is as award worthy as any of those who will actually be selected on the list as Best Supporting Actor next year.
Plenty for the Oldies in this film, including the resident West Indian band playing the theme tune to a particularly notorious 1970s sitcom at one point. In a couple of scene Grant is almost the match of the late great Vincent Price.
Smell it. Touch it. Kiss it. Kiss it! It's the mother lode...
I had an issue with the first one in that organs like the Guardian were celebrating it as a film with a message that was bound to p-ss off UKIP types, yet it depicted a 21st Century London that - in its speaking roles - was entirely white. The filmmakers even overruled the author's own wish that the actor playing Mr Gruber be "foreign". So it genuflected towards notions of welcoming migrants and refugees whilst selling a whitewashed fake London akin to that of those Hugh Grant Romcoms in the 1990s. I understand the sequel has a more diverse cast, and about bloody time!
What a miserablist publication the Guardian is, every single thing seen through the prism of left-wing politics and "ishoos". I have several relatives who are UKIP types and it didn't piss off any of them - sounds like the only people it pissed off were Guardian types.
sounds like the only people it pissed off were Guardian types.
No, they loved it, having completely failed to notice that it depicted an all-white-in-speaking-roles London. It struck me as odd. I think they only commented on the improvement in diversity in the review for the second film because I tweeted their reviewer about it a couple of days earlier!
I really liked Paddington 2, it's nice to see a family film which is uncynical with a strong message. Hugh Grant is wonderful as Phoenix and the fact he wasn't afraid to send himself up. It was good that the bits with The Browns was just as entertaining as the bits with Paddington and loved the various cameos.
Well God bless the BAFTAs. Hugh Grant gets a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 'Paddington 2'. He won't win of course but it's fabulous that he's been recognised for such a glorious performance in a film that's not your usual awards bait.
Yes bravo little bear! It would be nice to see a genuine family/popular film win something. I'm sure all the drama filled oscar-bait films are terribly good...but there'd be something rather lovely about Paddington taking something home.
Also well done Hugh Grant. Worth a nod for his final scene alone!