Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at the Academy Awards on 2 March in Los Angeles. Along with Jennifer Garner Benedict presented the Academy Award for best production design to Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby.
Benedict had quite the memorable Academy Awards – epically photobombing Bono and U2 and appearing in a selfie with host Ellen and Chiwetel Ejiofor. He was interviewed on the red carpet by E, Associated Press and The Ellen Show among others and he mentioned he was in preparation for his new role in The Lost City of Z.
12 Years a Slave (in which Benedict appears as slave owner William Ford) won three Academy Awards at the event – best adapted screenplay for John Ridley, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o who gave a beautiful acceptance speech that had most of the audience in tears, and best film.
The evening ended marvellously with an ecstatic Steve McQueen leaping around on stage after winning best film to the complete delight of his cast.
You can see photos from the event in our galleries.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as a presenter at the Oscars this coming Sunday. The very starry line up of presenters includes Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, Bill Murray, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson.
In the UK the Oscars can be viewed on Sky Movies Oscars on Sunday night.
On Sunday 23rd February Benedict recorded his final ever episode of Cabin Pressure – the brilliantly clever BBC Radio 4 comedy series written by the terrifically talented John Finnemore.
Benedict plays Captain Martin Crieff in the series. There was barely a dry eye in the house as Finnemore emotionally addressed the packed crowd afterwards(there were over 22,000 applications for 200 seats). The show is apparently set to air at Christmas and you can see our photos from the recording in our galleries. You can catch up on series 1-3 of Cabin Pressure in this cd set.
Last week Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in New York for an “In conversation” event with BAFTA New York.
“In Conversation” is a planned series of interviews which will explore the career achievements and recollections of an array of British actors, directors, screenwriters, and practitioners in all areas of film and television. Benedict kicked off the series in style speaking about his career in front of a packed audience of BAFTA members.
BAFTA New York were kind enough to record the interview and you can see the full hours talk here. Benedict also did short videos introducing the series and announcing the fan sourced question he had chosen to answer at the talk – which to my immense surprise turned out to be a question I’d submitted!
You can also see photos from the event in our gallery.
Last weekend Benedict Cumberbatch appeared at the UK’s first convention for fans of Sherlock run by Starfury Events. Over 850 people from around the world came to the event to see Benedict and his fellow guests which included Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper), Lars Mikkelsen (Magnussen) and Jonathan Aris (Anderson).
You can read a transcript of Benedict’s talk at the convention and see our photos from the event here.
In other news Cabin Pressure – the extraordinary BBC Radio 4 comedy series written by the hugely talented John Finnemore which features Benedict Cumberbatch as Martin Crieff broke records this week when 22,854 applications were received for tickets to be in the audience for the last recording.Its the highest number of requests for a single recording of a radio show in BBC history!
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat all took part in a Sherlock: Meet the Filmmakers Q&A at the Apple Store in Regent’s Street yesterday.
Moderated by Heat’s Boyd Hilton they appeared in front of a capacity crowd to answer questions on Sherlock series 3. The panel revealed such gems as the fact that the drunken stag do in The Sign of Three originally contained Sherlock and John in a gay bar with Sherlock confused as to why the men were topless, Benedict getting an inappropriate fit of the giggles when Magnussen was “flicking” John in His Last Vow as Martin’s skull kept making an odd noise & Benedict drowning with work on The Sign of Three while Martin and Amanda played Give us a Clue with Una Stubbs.
The podcast is now available via itunes and you can see our photos from the event here.
Meanwhile PBS have released Benedict Cumberbatch and The Sign of Four which shows Benedict coming up against his arch nemesis Sesame Street character Murray-arty. Thankfully he has the Count Von Count to come to his aid. You can see press photos promoting the appearance here.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be making an appearance on Sesame Street! He is pictured here with two of Sesame Street’s characters – Count Von Count and Murray.
Benedict is following in the footsteps of Tom Hiddleston who also made an appearance last year teaching Cookie Monster the importance of delayed gratification.
Variety announced today that Benedict Cumberbatch has been attached to star in Blood Mountain.
The Afghan-based thriller follows a young army ranger whose team is ambushed and killed in Pakistan, forcing him to personally escort the world’s most wanted terrorist over dangerous terrain in order to bring him to justice. While being hunted by both of their enemies, they must find a way to work together in order to survive. The film will be directed by Sergei Bodrov (a twice Oscar nominated Russian director) with a script by Jonathan W Stokes which featured on the Black List in 2011.
The film is searching for financing and is due to start shooting in Morocco in April.
Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch who has won the Radio Times Award for Best Detective at the National Television Awards for his portrayal of Sherlock.
Benedict was nominated alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Idris Elba (Luther), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) and Bradley Walsh (Law & Order UK).
Kiefer Sutherland presented the award – Benedict couldn’t be in attendance but received the award via live feed from LA where he was dressed in a Spencer Hart suit jacket and shirt until the camera panned down to reveal shorts underneath!
It’s Benedict’s first National Television Award for Sherlock and very much deserved.
The site has been updated with a number of new images (courtesy of the BBC and Masterpiece PBS) in the galleries including new Sherlock photos for The Empty Hearse, The Sign of Three (this one of the stag do is a particular favourite) and His Last Vow (the Holmes family portrait!). Some new promo photos have also been added.
Photos of Benedict Cumberbatch attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Producer’s Guild of America Awards have also been added to the gallery. It was at the PGA Awards that Benedict met Robert Downey Jr – two Sherlocks together!
Today Sherlock had a panel at the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour in LA – Benedict Cumberbatch, Amanda Abbington, Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat were all in attendance. Sherlock series 3 premiered on PBS on Sunday in the US to 4 million viewers – a 25% increase from the series 2 premiere. The assembled journalists all seemed to be well and truly Cumberbatched judging from their tweets which were universal in their kind praise for Benedict and the panel. Photos courtesy of PBS have been added to the gallery.
Finally the new Sherlock app for iphone launched today – Sherlock: The Network. It’s priced at £2.99 and is immense fun as you play one of Sherlock’s homeless network and help him in his adventures.
Sherlock (or more precisely Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock!) has made the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly in the US.
Sherlock series 3 is premiering in the US on PBS this Sunday. It is the first time the show has made the cover of Entertainment Weekly. The issue features interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as well as a gallery of new photos courtesy of Ian Derry.
In other Sherlock news Monday 20th January sees the release of Sherlock series 3 on dvd & blu ray as well as a beautifully packaged series 1-3 blu ray or dvd box set.
Also released on Monday will be an exciting new ios app called Sherlock:The Network. Priced at £2.99 it will allow players to become a member of Sherlock’s homeless network and help Sherlock and John with their adventures.
In other news some screening highlights from 12 Years a Slave have been added to the site along with some video interviews.
Finally you can see some photos from Benedict’s recent attendance at the Golden Globes in our gallery.