Benedict Cumberbatch shows the power of the Brits:Cowboy star is up for the Best Actor Oscar award

Benedict Cumberbatch shows the power of the Brits: Cowboy star is up for Best Actor Oscar award against Will Smith, Andrew Garfield, Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem tonight

  • Cumberbatch is up for the Best Actor award along with Andrew Garfield
  • He stars in director Jane Campion’s cowboy drama The Power Of The Dog
  • While Garfield stars in Tick, Tick… ​​Boom! and Kenneth Branagh has seven nominations

A string of leading British actors and actresses are hoping for success tonight.

Benedict Cumberbatch is up for the Best Actor award against fellow Briton Andrew Garfield (for Tick, Tick… ​​Boom!) And Will Smith (King Richard), Denzel Washington (Macbeth) and Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos).

Cumberbatch stars in director Jane Campion’s cowboy drama The Power Of The Dog, which is expected to win Best Picture.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Dame Judi Dench) and Best Supporting Actor (Ciaran Hinds) as well as Best Director.

Branagh, who contracted Covid after the Baftas, was waiting to see if he would be allowed to attend.

A source said: ‘He’s hoping he will test negative in time.’

Benedict Cumberbatch, pictured with Sophie Hunter, is up for the Best Actor award against fellow Briton Andrew Garfield (for Tick, Tick… ​​Boom!) And Will Smith (King Richard), Denzel Washington (Macbeth) and Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos)

Benedict Cumberbatch, pictured, stars in director Jane Campion's cowboy drama The Power Of The Dog, which is expected to win Best Picture

Benedict Cumberbatch, pictured, stars in director Jane Campion’s cowboy drama The Power Of The Dog, which is expected to win Best Picture

Olivia Colman (below) is in the running for Best Actress for her role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, up against Kristen Stewart for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer, Penelope Cruz In Parallel Mothers, and the bookies’ favorite, Jessica Chastain, for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.

Irish actress Jessie Buckley is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Lost Daughter, competing against Dame Judi Dench (Belfast), Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), Kirsten Dust (The Power Of The Dog) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard).

Beyoncé will perform King Richard’s theme tune and Billie Eilish will sing the Oscar-nomeinated No Time To Die theme song.

Olivia Colman is in the running for Best Actress for her role in Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter

Olivia Colman is in the running for Best Actress for her role in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter

The British Consul General in Los Angeles, Emily Cloke, speaking at a glittering reception to honor British Oscar nominees, said: ‘This is the first Oscars event we’ve held in two years so it feels particularly special.

‘The British film industry is incredibly special; economically culturally and, of course, our talent both in front of and behind the camera is top notch.

‘The UK-Hollywood partnership is a close and incredibly valuable one.

‘We invest in each other’s film industries. In the UK over the last year over $ 7.4 billion has been spent on film and high-end TV productions and many companies have committed to improve their investments. ‘

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