Lionel Logue – The King’s Speech
|Colin Firth as Bertie and Geofrey Rush as Lionel Logue|
This man epitomizes what a true doctor and friend should be. Lionel Logue was a man who saw greatness when no one else did. He was non-judgmental and lived a very simple life that added to his humble nature. In The King’s Speech, you wouldn’t think a speech therapist of all people to make a difference, but that was what I loved about the story; that anyone has the possibility to be whatever they want, if they are willing to work hard enough to achieve it.
Leonardo Da Vinci – Ever After
|Patrick Godfrey as Leonardo DaVinci and Drew Barrymore as Danielle|
The fairy-godmother of this beautiful rendition of the classic Cinderella story. Leonardo Da Vinci is the artist in residence at the palace of France where he befriends that young and rebellious Crown Prince Henry. Soon he becomes Henry’s confidante in all matters concerning love, Danielle’s savior who rescues her from her step-mother’s prison and the voice of reason in a very confusing love story. A painter, architect, designer and inventor, Leonardo sees the world very differently; he sees it as it can be, with no obligations to bloodlines or names, but rather to honesty and courage.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Kennedy – The Kennedys
|Rachel Booth as Ethel Kennedy and Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy|
As a long time Kennedy fan, I found this mini-series to be absolutely breathtaking! The acting on all fronts was spectacular, but Barry Pepper’s portrayal as Bobby Kennedy was above and beyond the best performance. I’ve admired Bobby Kennedy for many years and in The Kennedys he is exactly the kind of man that you would want by your side, whether in politics or marriage. Bobby is devoted to his country and will take any means necessary to ensure that his brother is able to fulfill his duties. When he’s off the clock, Bobby is a faithful husband to his beloved wife Ethel, a devoted father to his ever-growing brood of children and a devout Catholic that always trusts in God’s will for his life, his family and his country.
Francois Pienaar – Invictus
|Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar|
A man who believes that true leadership is found in leading by example. In 1992, newly freed Nelson Mandela wants to bring peace to apartheid divided South Africa. To do that, he must give all his people something to believe in, and if not in politics, then maybe in sports. He enlists the help of the Francois Pienaar, the captain of Spring Boks rugby team and asks his to do one thing, win the Rugby World Cup. Although, he may think it impossibility at first, Francois convinces his team that the world is changing and they must change with it. A true definition of leadership and strength, Francois is more than just a captain of a rugby team, he is a champion of believing in the impossible and changing the hearts and minds of millions around the world.
'Teensy' Whitman – Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood
|(L-R) Shirley Knight as Neecie, Maggie Smith as Caro and Fionulla Flanagan as Teensy|
Geoffrey Chaucer – A Knight’s Tale
|Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucher and Allan Tudyk as Wat|
The actual author of "A Knight’s Tale" (taken from his Canterbury Tales collection), Geoffrey or Geoff is “trudging” the lonely open road to absolutely nowhere when he is given a chance to break the law, create a fake patent of nobility and allow a poor squire to achieve his dream of becoming a knight. A man of many talents, which also includes extraordinary public speaking skills, Geoff is a brilliant public relations manager that gets Will’s name off the ground and into the competitive air of jousting. As funny, clever and charming as the tales he eventually writes, Geoffrey Chaucer is an unforgettable character.
Anne Howard Martin – The Patriot
|Lisa Brenner as Anne Howard Martin and Heath Ledger as Gabriel Martin|
Bailey Tallet – Real Steel
|Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton and Evangeline Lilly as Bailey Tallet|
Rahim Khan – The Kite Runner
|Zekeria Ebrahimi as young Amir and Shaun Toub as Rahim Kahn|
Kitty Brydon – The Jungle Book
|Lena Headey as Kitty Brydon and Jason Scott Lee as Mowgli|
A beautiful and energetic young woman who has no problem defying the social norm in Edwardian India. After she finds her old childhood friend Mowgli who is unable to talk or understand human interaction, Kitty takes upon herself to bring him back to the world of humans. In return, Mowgli shows her the secret world of the jungle and she begins to slowly see her once restricted world begin to widen around her. An inspiring heroine to admire for her courage to break the rules and courage to to lost hope in life and in love.