Michael Gambon on Irish Film and Television Awards Shortlist
January 11, 2010, 02:40 PM
The Irish Film and Television Academy have today released a shortlist of some the nominees for the 2010 Irish Film and Television Awards. Actor Michael Gambon has been nominated for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Mr. Gambon faces competition in the Supporting Actor category from Simon Delaney ("Happy Ever Afters"), Aidan Quinn ("The Eclipse") and Michael Fassbender ("Fish Tank"). Almost 250 titles were submitted for consideration by a Jury panel of experts and Academy members to achieve a spot on the shortlist of nominees for the 37 award categories across film and television. The 7th Irish Film and Television Awards will take place at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland on the 20th of February.
The shortlist of nominees can be found here.
A very well done to Sir Michael, I hope he wins. He’s the only HP cast member to have a corner on the Top Gear track named after him, too.
I thought he was great in HBP and actually rather good in the Ministry fight with Voldemort in OOTP and also I really liked his performance in POA as Harry and Hermione returned after saving Buckbeak and Sirius and he was going down the stairs pretending he didn’t know what they were talking about when they said they had done it. He has given Dumbledore that essential eccentric element to his character. I know Richard Harris looked much more like the Dumbledore we imagined but he was not able to invest him with the kind of energy that was needed, probably due to his failing health. Michael Gambon had to take on the character that we had already seen in two films, I think he was always going to find it hard to win some people over. I was impressed with him in HBP and hope to be similarly impressed with him in DH.
I know Mr Gambon annoys some people with his approach (not reading the books) but he is an experienced and talented actor. He is a mischevious person and in interviews is renowned for telling tall tales and answering questions without necessarily telling the truth, he is great fun, much more interesting than the actors who can’t wait to tell you every little detail of their lives.