Film Festivals
Sep 21, 2005, 15:45

People’s Choice Awards: AVICA Best International Actor Award

The Irish Film and Television Awards 2005 today announced the four nominees for the “Avica Best International Actor Award”, one of the People's Choice Categories that will be voted for by the general public.

The Avica Best International Actor Award gives the Irish Public a chance to celebrate the outstanding male talent in the film industry today, by voting for their favourite performance by an International Actor in 2005. This year's winner will be announced at the awards ceremony, which takes place on the 05th November 2005.

The Irish public will be able to vote for their favourite international actor from the following nominations:

Christian Bale (Batman Begins)
Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Brad Pitt (Mr. & Mrs Smith)
Mickey Rourke (Sin City)

(biographies below)

Avica are delighted to sponsor the Best International Actor Award. Commenting on the Sponsorship, Director of Operations for Avica Europe, Kevin Cummins, said:

"Avica, through its subsidiary Digital Cinema ltd (Ireland) is enabling the digital screening of motion pictures through out Ireland. These Digital Screenings will allow the world's most talented actors to really shine on screen with the latest technology providing the ultimate cinema viewing experience. Our involvement in the Award is part of our continuing commitment to the Irish film industry with our ongoing installation of the digital experience in cinemas nationwide, facilitating easy access for the screening of both local and international films".

Aine Moriarty, CEO of IFTN, organisers of the Irish Film and Television Awards, is delighted to have Avica as a partner "Avica are breaking boundaries in cinema technology around the world and we are delighted to be working with them. Digital technology will allow us all to enjoy our favourite films to a heightened quality, enhancing every cinema goers experience".

Following on from the success of the Awards in 2004, this year's Awards ceremony promises to be a highly prestigious and glamorous event with a host of film stars, TV personalities, directors, producers and distinguished guests in attendance to celebrate the undisputed talent that exists within the film and television industries in Ireland and around the globe. The ceremony will be broadcast live by RTÉ One on November 5th 2005.

About Avica
Avica Technology Corporation is the leading provider of technologies and services for Digital Cinema post-production, distribution and exhibition. Avica's FilmStore(tm) family of products handles content delivery and presentation for distribution networks; including encoding and encryption, packaging and distribution, security and all aspects of theatre management and screening. Please log onto for more information.

How to vote
Simply text the word ACTOR to 53799 (Rep of Ireland) or 85145 (Northern Ireland) – you will be sent the four nominees to choose from.
All Lines open: 20th September 2005
Voting Closes: 09th October 2005

The Nominated Actors


Christian Bale’s career spans a unique variety and range. He made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic ,Empire of the Sun before continuing to garner praise for his memorable roles in The Portrait of a Lady and Velvet Goldmine. Critics were unanimous in their acclaim for his gruesomely comic turn in the controversial American Psycho before he moved to star in Shaft, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Reign of Fire and Laurel Canyon. Following his starring role in Batman Begins, Bale will next portray English tobacco planter John Rolfe in The New World.

Johnny Depp’s big-screen debut came in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street but it was his compelling performance in Edward Scissorhands that established Depp as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Depp’s other screen credits include Cry Baby, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow , Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Finding Neverland, for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination in 2005. He is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and will next star in Libertine.

Following roles in Troy and Ocean’s Twelve in 2004, Brad Pitt appeared on our screens in 2005 opposite Angelina Jolie in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt’s role in Thelma & Louise first brought him national attention, where after he starred in Neil Jordan’s Interview with a Vampire before being nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award for Legends of the Fall and Twelve Monkeys. Pitt’s list of starring roles includes Snatch, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Sleepers, The Devil’s Own and Fight Club. He next stars in the drama Babel, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Mickey Rourke, a graduate of New York’s Actor’s Studio, is this generations’ classic working actor. Rourke burst onto movie screens with two attention-grabbing performances: that of ruthless arsonist in Body Heat and the hapless hairdresser in Diner. Promoted to stardom in The Pope of Greenwich Village and Year of the Dragon, Rourke’s other career performances include 9 1/2 Weeks, Barfly, Angel Heart, Spun and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He most recently co-starred in Man on Fire, while he will next star in Tony Scott’s Domino opposite Keira Knightley.

A national media campaign will be run in association with media partners Independent Newspapers and FM104. Voting from the Republic of Ireland cost a maximum of 40c. Voting from Northern Ireland cost 50p plus standard network charges apply. One lucky voter will win a trip for two to Luxembourg (courtesy of, or a trip for two to a film premiere in London’s West End (courtesy of Visit Britain).

Contact: Deirdre Hopkins or Sarah Dillon
Phone: +353 1 6200811

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