In the Public Eye

Women in Film and Television Awards
at the London Hilton Hotel
December 5, 2003

At the annual awards ceremony to celebrate the talents of women working in front of and behind the camera in television and film, “the biggest pause in the afternoon's proceedings came when actor Colin Firth ("Love Actually") took the stage to dish out an award. After pausing for nearly five minutes until the wolf whistles and shouting died down from the 500-plus female guests, Firth asked if perhaps his fly was down. He introduced Oscar-winning makeup artist Jenny Shircore ("Elizabeth"), who picked up the craft award for her work that most recently included making up Firth to resemble Dutch painter Vermeer in "Girl With a Pearl Earring." (Stuart Kemp of The Hollywood Reporter)

Colin’s name was again mentioned by Barbara Windsor (Eastenders), who was given a lifetime achievement award. The actress said, “I am just gobsmacked. I did not know the ceremony was going to be like this. There all these famous faces like Colin Firth and Julie Walters—I am a bit in awe but it is lovely.”

Posing with Jenny Shircore

US Premiere of Girl With a Pearl Earring
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles
December 10, 2003

The Girl With a Pearl Earring's US premiere was held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn theater in Beverly Hills. Colin and his co-star Scarlett Johansson  were joined by fellow cast members Essie Davis (Catharina) and Joanna Scanlan (Tanneke) screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, composer Alexandre Desplat, and director Peter Webber.

Cast and crew made the rounds at a number of screenings for press and other industry groups who may be instrumental in creating award buzz for the film.

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