Forbes have just unveiled their 30 Under 30 list for 2015, and Keira Knightley has been listed for her acting achievements. Here’s what they had to say:
Keira Knightley, 29
Knightley has been a force in Hollywood since she debuted in “Bend It Like Beckham” in 2002. Now almost 30, the actress is getting Oscar buzz for her work in “The Imitation Game” and producing her first film, “The Other Typist.”
With such varied films as Pride & Prejudice (which earned her an Oscar nom) and Pirates of the Caribbean (which earned huge boxoffice), Keira Knightley nonetheless is extremely passionate about her current project, The Imitation Game. “This is a story that speaks to everyone,” she says of the Morten Tyldum-directed film about mathematician Alan Turing and the World War II code breakers of Bletchley Park. “When you understand what Turing and others did and who they were, this truly crosses national boundaries.” Knightley just received Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe supporting actress noms, putting her in major Oscar contention for her portrayal of real-life cryptanalyst Joan Clarke, a friend and confidant of Turing’s. The role marks a deliberate new direction for the actress.
Your performance in The Imitation Game seems quite different from a lot of your work of years and films past.
I went through a period of playing very dark and neurotic characters, which I really enjoyed. And that was a very conscious decision on my part because that’s what I was really interested in. But I was interested in other types of roles as well. This chapter started with Begin Again and, for me, it was all about playing people who were much more relaxed—people who had a positivity because I felt I’d done five years of work where that hadn’t been the kind of main thing with (my) characters. I was interested in finding and playing with those sorts of characters and definitely Joan Clarke was one of them.
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The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for its 35th annual awards ceremony, and Keira Knightley has been nominated for British Actress of the Year. The Imitation Game has also been nominated for British Film of the Year, Actor of the Year (Benedict Cumberbatch), British Actor of the Year (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Young British Performer of the Year (Alex Lawther).
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods & Edge of Tomorrow
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game, Begin Again & Say When
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Belle
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl & What We Did on Our Holiday
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 18 January 2015 at The May Fair Hotel.
The list of nominees for the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards were released this week, and Keira Knightley has scooped yet another Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Imitation Game. The film has snagged a total of 6 awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Acting Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer
The show will be broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
You can now view the whole interview from Actors on Actors, when Keira had an in-depth discussion with fellow actor Ethan Hawke.