Don’t You Recognize Me: Andrew Lincoln

Don’t You Recognize Me? will be a sporadically posted theme wherein I briefly highlight an early role of a now well-known actor. Typically, it will be one where I didn’t immediately make the connection, hence the title.

This one wasn’t a realization I came upon unassisted, thanks to a tweet by Richard Roeper for that assist, but first a little back story.

As of this writing, I have now read, through trades, the equivalent of the first 102 issues of The Walking Dead in comic book form. When I do read it, it’s been in binge mode. So I held off on starting the TV series until this year. I started watching the series in early January and am now current.

With such a heavy watching schedule, I didn’t look everyone up on the IMDb, but Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick, did seem to have a familiar face.

Love, Actually (2003, Universal)

Then late the other night Richard Roeper tweeted a reference to where I knew him from. He was the guy desperately in love with Keira Knightley in Love Actually. Funny thing is now that I did check his IMDb, I see why I missed the connection.

It was literally the last thing I saw him in. Since then there were a few movies I knew of, but didn’t see, and many TV series that are unfamiliar to me. Love Actually was one of my favorite films in 2003 and one I viewed repeatedly, but it’s one film I had to reacquire as it seems to have vanished from my collection. I’ve not revisited it in some time so, in the haze of memory and all the other faces in that film I already knew, he got lost in the shuffle.

So the next time I pop in Love Actually, probably around Christmas, the “Where are they now?” game will be quite the interesting sidebar: Knightley, Nighy, Firth and Rickman have since won BAMs for other works; Thomas Sangster, believe it or not is the voice of Ferb on Phineas and Ferb, Liam Neeson has since developed his badass persona, and of course, Lincoln is on The Walking Dead just to name a few.

It was quite the sudden realization because as soon as I read the tweet I knew the scene in Love Actually referenced and I could see his face, and it crystallized. In the end, the interpretation of Rick on the show is a different one both physically and in some other small aspects. They’re not identical by any means, but they’re both Rick Grimes, which is a testament to both series staying true to their form.

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2013 BAM Award Considerations – February

Last year I had one massive running list and it became very cumbersome to add to, and to read I’m sure. By creating a new post monthly, and creating massive combo files offline, it should make the process easier for me and more user-friendly for you, the esteemed reader. Enjoy.

Eligible Titles

Warm Bodies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Night Across the Street
Be My Valentine
A Good Day to Die Hard
Escape From Planet Earth
Arcadia
Nicky’s Family
Identity Thief
Dark Skies

Best Picture

Warm Bodies

Best Foreign Film

Night Across the Street

Most Overlooked Film

As intimated in my Most Underrated announcement this year, I’ve decided to make a change here. Rather than get caught up in me vs. the world nonsense and what a film’s rating is on an aggregate site, the IMDb or anywhere else, I want to champion smaller, lesser-known films. In 2011 with the selection of Toast this move was really in the offing. The nominees from this past year echo that fact. So here, regardless of how well-received something is by those who’ve seen it, I’ll be championing indies and foreign films, and the occasional financial flop from a bigger entity.

Night Across the Street
Nicky’s Family
Escape From Planet Earth

Best Director

Jonathan Levine Warm Bodies
Nicky’s Family

Best Actress

Teresa Palmer Warm Bodies
Natalie Brown Be My Valentine
Ryan Simpkins Arcadia
Melissa McCarthy Identity Thief
Kerri Russell Dark Skies

Best Actor

Nicholas Hoult Warm Bodies
Sergio Hernandez Night Across the Street
John Hawkes Arcadia
Jason Bateman Identity Thief
Josh Hamilton Dark Skies

Best Supporting Actress

Analeigh Tipton Warm Bodies
Valentina Vargas Night Across the Street

Best Supporting Actor

Rob Corddry Warm Bodies
Christian Martyn Be My Valentine
Ty Simpkins Arcadia
J.K. Simmons Dark Skies
Robert Patrick Identity Thief

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Ryan Simpkins Arcadia

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Ty Simpkins Arcadia

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Leah McPherson Be My Valentine
Alea Sophia Boudodimos Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Annie Thurman Dark Skies

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Martyn Be My Valentine
Siam Yu Be My Valentine
Alec Bourgeois Warm Bodies
Zavier Vaillancourt Warm Bodies
Cedric Eich Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Ty Simpkins Arcadia
Dakota Goyo Dark Skies
Kaden Rockett Dark Skies
LJ Bennett Dark Skies

Best Cast

Warm Bodies
Be My Valentine
Arcadia
Dark Skies

Best Youth Ensemble

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Be My Valentine
Arcadia
Dark Skies

Best Original Screenplay

Dark Skies

Best Adapted Screenplay

Warm Bodies

Best Score

Warm Bodies
Night Across the Street

Best Editing

Warm Bodies
Night Across the Street
Nicky’s Family
Dark Skies

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Warm Bodies
A Good Day to Die Hard
Dark Skies

Best Cinematography

Warm Bodies
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Night Across the Street
Dark Skies

Best Art Direction

Warm Bodies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Night Across the Street
Identity Thief

Best Costume Design

Warm Bodies
Night Across the Street

Best Makeup

Warm Bodies
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
Night Across the Street
Identity Thief

Best Visual Effects

Warm Bodies
Night Across the Street
Dark Skies

Best (Original) Song

Wiegala Nicky’s Family
A Song from Nicholas Winton Nicky’s Family
“Shine Supernova” Cody SimpsonEscape from Planet Earth
“Doom and Gloom” The Rolling Stones A Good Day to Die Hard