Benedict Cumberbatch may have been passed up at this year’s BAFTA awards ceremony, but it thankfully the actor has received some recognition for his acting skills at this year’s Critics Choice Awards.
Earlier in 2012, Dominic West beat the Sherlock actor to the Leading Actor BAFTA, for his role in ITV1’s ‘Appropriate Adult’ but at the time joked:
‘Even my sister was rooting for Benedict!’
Well it seems that a number of industry insiders must be singing from West’s sister’s hymn sheet as last night the British star was named best actor in a movie or mini-series for the BBC detective series.
The show itself also won on the night, taking the trophy for best movie or mini-series, although Lara Pulver (who portrayed the character of Irene Adler) was pipped to the post by Julianne Moore in the best actress category, after she took the trophy for her role in HBO’s Game Change.
Benedict’s award is just further proof of how huge he is about to become on the small and big screen in the next few months. The 35 year old will star in the new Star Trek sequel, which is being directed by J. J. Abrams, he will also appear in the big screen adaptation of The Hobbit and in Twelve Years A Slave, opposite Hollywood legend Brad Pitt.
Thankfully though, all his recent success hasn’t tempted Cumberbatch to step away from the Sherlock franchise, in fact in a recent interview he admitted that he plans to be playing the role of the iconic director for a long, long time. He also revealed that filming on the third series of Sherlock will begin in January 2013.
The Critics Choice Television awards were not awarded as a result of a public vote, but were chosen by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles yesterday.
The ceremony was held just a month before nominations for the primetime Emmy Awards are revealed, and we are hoping Benedict and Sherlock’s success is just a sign of things to come on that front.
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