It’s been an incredible year for film and television. From Black Panther to Avengers: Infinity War, the year was stuffed with iconic moments. One actor who stood out during the year was Robert Pattinson. The 30-year-old British actor took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of the titular character in the 2019 film, Janson. He also earned a nomination for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his role as Chris Keller in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield. On top of all that, he became an American citizen. On February 22nd, Pattinson tweeted: “I became an American today. It’s a great feeling.”
While many people saw 2016’s The Great British Bakeoff as just another celebrity cooking competition show, let’s be honest: the entire franchise has been pretty much downhill ever since. Sure, you get one or two true gems like Mary Berry, but the rest of the shows are absolutely dreadful and full of annoying panellists and celebrity cameos.
It’s been over a year since the last season of the Bakeoff. And in all that time, we’ve never actually gotten an update on what’s going on with the show’s stars. Sure, we get occasional interviews where they complain about the politics of the show or dish on the differences from American to British culture. But all that said, fans of the show still have to wait for news about the next season, which hasn’t even been officially confirmed yet.
This is why the announcement that the newest season of the Bakeoff will be airing on January 25th, 2022 is so exciting. For a while now, fans have been wondering if (and when) the show would ever come back. Now that it is officially on the horizon, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on what happened in the interim since the last season.
A Breakdown Of The Last Year
Looking back at everything Pattinson achieved in the last year is quite the feat. Between taking on the role of a lifetime, earning a GLAAD Media Award, and becoming a U.S. citizen, it’s clear that the industry already has its eye on him for the future.
Janson Wins The Golden Globe
Speaking of the future, it’s time for Pattinson to begin working on his next project. The film, Janson, earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. It’s the story of Georges Janson, a self-made millionaire whose eccentric lifestyle and passion for painting leads to his most prolific and famous year. In the year 1911, Janson makes and sells more than 100 paintings. Some critics have called Janson a precursor to Andy Warhol and some even go as far to say that it is in fact Warhol’s great uncle who inspired it. Janson is currently in theaters and is being praised for its daring exploration of gender identity, class divides, and wealth inequality. Here’s hoping that George’s extraordinary year leads to even more success in the years to come.
Up Next: New Season Of The Great British Bakeoff
As for the rest of the cast, Mary Berry, who was a judge for the Great British Bakeoff, has been the subject of much speculation as to whether she would return for the new season. While many expected her to show up and sit on the judging panel again, it turns out that she wouldn’t be making an appearance. The legendary chef, Jean Luc Picard, who has been absent from the show for over a year, will also not be returning. Neither will Carole Jackson, who plays Georges’ mum. However, another original judge, the very talented Sophie Callaham, will be returning to the Bakeoff alongside brand new judges, Guy Martin and Sandi Bagehot. They will be assisting Berry in providing the perfect cupcakes for the iconic green room.
Another HUGE Announcement
After taking a year off, the acting world has officially begun to pop for Pattinson. He has landed a part in the upcoming James Bond film, The Moneypenny, which is the prequel to the most recent 007 movie, Casino Royale. The Moneypenny will star two of the greatest actresses of our time: Dame Judi Dench and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. While we patiently wait for more details on this exciting new project, it’s time for Pattinson to begin expanding his resume. He recently had a role in the upcoming Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, based on the popular comic books. The show is about a group of estranged siblings who come together to save their home from destruction. They must overcome their past sins and band together to save the day. The Hollywood Reporter states: “Pattinson plays a young version of himself who teams up with Albedo (Emilio Macias), the show’s main villain, to save his home from destruction. The actor also appears in the final episodes as an adult version of himself. It’s an episode that sees the return of John Hurt as Death, the God of death. So, while you’re waiting for more info on The Umbrella Academy, enjoy this little taste of what’s to come.”
It’s clear that 2019 was a banner year for LGBTQ characters on film. One of the highlights of the year was Ryan Murphy’s The Irishman,which earned Alfie, the gay lead, a well-deserved GLAAD Media Award. He’s the son of Irish immigrants who runs a horse-racing scam in New York in the 20s. When mobsters discover his secret, they force him to flee to Paris. There, he falls in love with a transgender woman and starts a romance with her. The two marry and have a son, who they name Jimmy. The film is full of moving and inspirational scenes, making it a favorite among LGBTQ+ audiences and supporters.
Speaking of films, it’s time for another one of our beloved movie anniversaries. This February will mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of the iconic novel, Citizen Kane. Or, as some know it, The First Tycoon: William Randolph Hearst. Since its cinematic release in 1941, Kane has never been out of the spotlight. It is one of the most prominent and recognizable pieces of literature of all time, and Orson Welles, who directed the film, has said that it is the reason he became an actor. Welles later went on to become one of the most esteemed filmmakers in history, winning three Oscars and earning a place in the Academy Hall of Fame. In the years since Welles’ death in 1975, Kane has continued to resonate with audiences and critics alike. Its enduring allure is in large part due to its many iconic quotes and lines. Here’s a short list, in no particular order, of some of the most memorable ones (or ones you may have missed):