Last few years, Branagh has succeeded more than he has in his whole career, at least in box office prowess. After directing “Cinderella” this year, which made $542 million worldwide, and “Thor” back in 2011, which made $449 million worldwide, he has shown he can take on big projects.
However, that is really only the epitome of his work, being a five time Oscar-nominated director, writer, and actor throughout his career. He has made some of the finest adaptations of Shakespeare’s work from “Hamlet” to “Henry V”. And all that will accumulate at next years London Critics’ Circle where he will be given a career honor with the acceptance of the annual Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film.
The award, named after the late Sunday Times critics, is annually presented. In response to this honor, Branagh actually confirmed, as a young filmmaker, he had met Dilys Powell, saying about her, “She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”
The London Critics’ Circle is set to air January 16, 2016. Sound the trumpets, get out your copy of “Much Ado About Nothing”, and just kick back and relax. It’s all good.