In this special issue, we induct the newest member of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz. We are joined by the Bagged & Bored Cast once again as we talk up the nominees, and count the votes ….
Morgan Freman is an American actor, film director, aviator and narrator. He is noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus and won in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven,Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins, March of the Penguins, The Bucket List, Evan Almighty, Wanted,The Dark Knight, and RED.
Gary Oldman was a member of the 1980s Brit Pack, Oldman came to prominence via starring roles in British films Meantime (1983), Sid and Nancy (1986) and Prick Up Your Ears (1987); in 1987, film critic Roger Ebert described him as “the best young British actor around”. Oldman went on to star in many popular motion pictures of the 1990s to the present day, often as dark and morally ambiguous characters, many of which he has characterised as “wacky or strange”. His acting credits include: The Firm (1989), State of Grace(1990), JFK (1991), Dracula (1992), True Romance (1993), Immortal Beloved (1994), Léon (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), The Contender(2000), the Harry Potter film series, Christopher Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). In addition to his film career, Oldman has starred in United States television shows such as Knots Landing, Fallen Angels, Tracey Takes On… and Friends. He is also known for providing the voice of Viktor Reznov in the popular Call of Duty video game series andLord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). Oldman has been cited as an influence by a number of successful actors. Although he has won, and been nominated for, multiple awards during his career, he has been described as one of the greatest actors never nominated for an Academy Award. Aside from acting, he has served as a producer on several films, and directed, wrote and co-produced Nil by Mouth(1997), a film partially based on his own childhood, for which he was nominated for the 1997 Palme d’Or and won two BAFTA Awards. Oldman also attracted media attention for his marriage to actress Uma Thurman in the early 1990s. In 2011, he was voted an “Icon of Film” by Empire readers, in recognition of his contributions to cinema.
Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver; October 8, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her critically acclaimed role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for which she has received worldwide recognition (she was also co-producer in the latter two films). Other notable roles include Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II,Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, Death and the Maiden, The Ice Storm, WALL•E, Prayers for Bobby and Avatar (as well as the prequel video game). Weaver has received three Academy Award nominations and six Golden Globe Award nominations, winning two in 1988 (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress) for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year. Her 1986 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Aliensare considered as landmarks in the recognition of science fiction, action, andhorror genres, as well as a major step in challenging the gender role in cinema. Weaver progressively received notoriety for her numerous contributions to the science fiction film history and gained the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen”.
Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has received a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres fromShakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code, Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films. In 1988, McKellen came out and announced he was gay. He became a founding member of Stonewall, one of the United Kingdom’s most influentialLGBT rights groups, of which he remains a prominent spokesman. McKellen was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts.