It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Kelly Macdonald - Scotland
The Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award
Kelly Macdonald is the recipient of TheWIFTS Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award 2017 for her performance in Goodbye Christopher Robin. In the film, Macdonald plays the nanny. She demonstrates the depth and range of her talent in communicating to the audience the role of the ‘mother’ who bonded and empathized with the child, yet not once replacing the ‘mother’ in the child's eye. It was brilliantly executed. The love for the child that she conveyed was palpable. Most always cast on the big screen in a supporting role, it’s only a matter of time before the right role comes along as the Lead actress in a major film for audiences to enjoy the full unexplored range of Kelly Macdonald’s talents.
Since her breakout role in Trainspotting (1996), Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald has worked consistently in both film and television, most years at least two or more films and a HBO series that ran to five seasons.
Notable film projects include: Stella Does Tricks (1996), directed by Coky Giedroyc, written by A. L. Kennedy, with James Bolam, and Hans Matheson; Elizabeth (1998) starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, written by Michael Hirst and directed by Shekhar Kapur; Gosford Park (2001) directed by Robert Altman, written by Julian Fellowes, starring Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon; and No County for Old Men (2007) directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
Macdonald won an Emmy for her role as Gina in The Girl In The Café (2005) directed by David Yates, written by Richard Curtis, starring Bill Nighy and Meneka Das; and appeared as Helena Ravenclaw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). In 2010, she won the role of Margaret Schroeder in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (2010). For her role on Boardwalk Empire (2010), she was named one of the ‘8 Actors Who Turn Television into Art,’ in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11).
Kelly Macdonald says: “I tend to get cast as a certain type of quiet, almost introverted person who's strong on the inside, but the characters are so very different I don't see it as any kind of typecasting.I’ve done TV and I've done film, and I'm not snobby about it. It's about the project.I don't lobby where work is concerned. As long as I know I've got something coming up, I don't really worry. It's not that I'm not ambitious, but I don't have a drive to be hugely successful and be working all the time.”