Stellan receiving three awards in the past couple weeks, it's no wonder
that he's the man of the hour in Sweden. This past weekend he continued
to participate in the Gothenburg Film Festival with the screening of
"The Painted Bird" and holding a Master Class. Variety published an overview of
Stellan's Master Class at the festival. You can read it
at this link.
This was part of his
acceptance speech - "I'm of course extremely grateful for this. I've
been to this film festival so many times and it took about 30 years
to get this award. It's a festival that is very close to me, it's
one of my favorite festivals in the world. Because of the no fuss,
no nonsense, no glitter and absolute dedication to good cinema. And
you always have a lot of fun here. And I'm incredibly grateful,
thank you very much."
He was also a guest on Sweden's TV
morning show with Anders Pihlblad.
the six-hour time difference, we have photos of Stellan receiving the
Nordic Honorary Dragon Award at the Gothenburg Film Festival held this
evening. You can watch him receive his award
a recent interview, Stellan was asked about his acceptance speech at
the Golden Globe Awards. He said, "The thank you speech was
half-spontaneous ... I came upon it during the day. It's so sad when
people stand and bicker lots of names nobody knows." [I totally
Stellan also shared how he
spent the holidays relating how the family had opted to celebrate in
Sri Lanka - 25 of them at a very small hotel. They enjoyed the sun,
swimming and card games. The family traveled from Sri Lanka to Qatar
to Stockholm and upon his return, Stellan flew alone to Los Angeles
via Frankfurt. As usual, he stayed at the Chateau Marmont.
According to Stellan, after
the awards ceremony, there were four different parties - "Hollywood
Foreign Press Association organizing the gala, HBO who produced the
TV series, my agency CAA, and then there was a party at the hotel. I
got to bed at 2:00 AM. All parties are all about networking. I'm bad
A week after the Golden Globe
Awards, Stellan won the Critic's Choice Award for his role in
"Chernobyl". He didn't attend because he didn't want to stay a whole
week in Los Angeles on the chance he might win. And how does he feel
about winning prizes? He answered, "It will not change my life. At
the same time, when you win, there is some little insecure boy
inside who becomes very happy."
March filming will begin in Finland and Sweden on Chinese director
Ran Huang's WHAT REMAINS, a film about the double
dependency between doctor and patient. Stellan's son Gustaf will
play the male lead with Stellan in a small role as a cop. The female
lead will be played by Vicky Krieps, who received her breakthrough
in "Phantom Thread". The film's script was co-written by wife Megan
and the director. Ran Huang is a Chinese artist, and this
will be his feature film directorial debut. The film is a
co-production between Sweden, England and Finland.
brothers Alexander and Bill will also be busy in March as filming
begins in Northern Ireland for Robert Egger's film "The Northman",
in which the two will star.
the Oscars approaching, I would like to point out that the
list of submissions from each country included two of Stellan's
films though neither one made it to the final list of nominations -
"The Painted Bird" from the Czech Republic and "Out Stealing Horses"
thunk we'd read about Stellan sitting in the front row along a fashion
catwalk! Yes, he was in Milan on Monday at the Giorgio Armani Fashion
Show, part of Milan Menswear Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21.
the photos below, Stellan poses with his wife, Giorgio Armani and Golden
Globe winner Taron Egerton. Personally, I wouldn't associate the word
"fashionistas" with the Skarsgård
couple, but what do I know... For more photos,
view the gallery.
43rd edition of Sweden's Gothenburg Film Festival will honor
Stellan with the prestigious Nordic Honorary Dragon Award for lifetime
achievement. A retrospective will be featured with some of his many
films. Stellan will also present the Nordic premiere of Oscar hopeful
"The Painted Bird", in which he
co-stars, and will host a master class during the festival, which runs
from January 24 to February 3, 2020.
Congratulations to Stellan for winning the "Best Supporting Actor" award
in a Limited Series for HBO's CHERNOBYL at the Golden Globe Awards
tonight! CHERNOBYL also deservingly picked up the award for "Best
view Stellan's acceptance speech
at this link.
And you can check out the
Jordoan Crucchiola, Vulture.com:
"When you win an award, don’t forget to thank all the obvious
people: your agent, manager, spouse, partner, kids (then tell them to go
to bed lol!), inspiring middle-school theater teacher, your incredible
cast, etc. But Chernobyl star Stellan Skarsgård, a true Hollywood
veteran, knows where his money is made, and that is in the makeup
trailer. Skarsgård won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited
Series, and he’s pretty sure what finally pushed him over the edge into
being an award-winner is the fact that a makeup specialist finally gave
him eyebrows, at last making his face more memorable to viewers and
voters everywhere. Hair, prosthetics, and makeup designer Daniel Parker,
this trophy is dedicated to you!"
Abby Hepworth, Powwow.com:
"When you win an award, it makes sense to thank those who made your
success possible. Your parents, your coworkers, others who helped you
along the way. It is rather unusual, however, to thank your eyebrows,
but that's exactly what Stellan Skarsgård did while accepting a Golden
Globe for Best Supporting TV Actor for his role in HBO's Chernobyl.
He began his speech in the normal fashion before going on to tell a
story about being told that while his performances are always enjoyable,
no one can ever remember his face, a problem when one makes a career off
their appearance as actors do. Skarsgård presented his theory that this
is likely because he has no eyebrows (to be clear, he has eyebrows,
they're just very blonde). However, he went on to explain that as part
of his costume for Chernobyl he was given much a more pronounced pair of
brows before saying, 'and now...' and gesturing to his shiny new award."
Anne T. Donahue, nbcnews.com:
"While most of us would die for the cast of Succession, it can't
be argued that Stellan Skarsgård didn't deserve the Globe for best
supporting actor for his work as Boris Shcherbina in Chernobyl,
the HBO miniseries based on the worst nuclear disaster of the 20th
century. His performance was powerful, affecting, and the type that
makes it impossible to stop thinking about for days on end. And to make
this moment even better, he thanked those responsible for giving him
eyebrows in this role. Which, personally, is something I not only
applaud, but relate to. Stellan forever!"
Österman, Aftonbladet.se: "Stellan
Skarsgård, 68, won a Golden Globe for his role in the HBO success
Chernobyl... From the stage, he thanked Milos Forman and his makeup
artist - for getting a pair of eyebrows. Stellan announced, 'Milos
Forman said to me many years ago: "Stellan, I have seen so many movies
with you but I will never remember your face!" 'And I
realized it was because I didn't have any eyebrows.
No one can see if I'm angry or surprised. It's not
like Colin Farrell - you can see if he's angry at three miles.
So for this movie Daniel Parker made a pair of
eyebrows for me and ...' Stellan Skarsgård did not finish the sentence.
He raised his hand with the statue in the air and
received the audience's cheers. Last year, son
Alexander Skarsgård managed to win a Golden Globe for his role in the TV
series Big Little Lies."