Ewan McGregor has won the Emmy Award for lead actor in a limited series for his role in the Netflix show “Halston.”

McGregor beat out an impressive list of competitors in the category including: Paul Bettany for the Disney Plus-Marvel Studios series “WandaVision,” Hugh Grant for HBO’s “The Undoing,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. for Disney Plus’ filmed version of “Hamilton.”

In his acceptance speech, McGregor thanked the cast and crew of the show.

“I just want to thank our crew first of all because like so many people have said tonight, we shot through the pandemic in New York City and through everybody’s professionalism and passion, kept us all safe. And so we couldn’t have done it without you,” McGregor said. “Ryan Murphy, thanks for championing ‘Halston’ and bringing it to Netflix. Thank you to Netflix.”

This is McGregor’s fourth Emmy nomination overall and his first win. He was previously nominated in the same category for his work in the third season of “Fargo,” in which he played twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. He was nominated that same year for best narrator for “Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart” and was also nominated in 1997 for best guest actor in a drama for his work on “ER.”

Upcoming projects for McGregor include the Obi-Wan Kenobi series at Disney Plus, in which McGregor will reprise the role of the Jedi master he played across the three “Star Wars” prequel films. He is also set for a role in Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson’s stop-motion animated version of “Pinocchio.” McGregor will voice the Talking Cricket in the film.

“Halston” tells the story of the life of the famous designer Halston from the 1960s through the 1980s. The show was based on the book “Simply Halston” by Steven Gaines and was adapted for the screen by Sharr White, with Ryan Murphy executive producing under his Netflix overall deal. The show received five Emmy nominations in total, with the series debuting on Netflix in its entirety back in May 2021.

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The full list of nominations for the 73rd Emmy Awards, which recognises the best in television, was released today.

The awards ceremony will be held on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

McGregor played the title character of Roy Halston Frowick (known commonly just as Halston) in the 2021 miniseries charting the rise to international fame of the American fashion designer in the 1970s.

McGregor is up against some strong opposition for the coveted title of Best Actor.

The Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominations are:

Paul Bettany – WandaVision

Hugh Grant – The Undoing

Ewan McGregor – Halston

Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

Leslie Odom, Jr – Hamilton

Elsewhere, The Crown (also Netflix) was tied with Disney+ show The Mandalorian for the most nominations at this year’s awards. Both shows scored 24 total nods.

Olivia Colman, who plays the Queen in The Crown, will be up against Emma Corrin, who won critical acclaim for her portrayal of a young Diana, Princess of Wales, for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.

Josh O’Connor has been nominated in the male equivalent category for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales in The Crown’s fourth season, which covered a tumultuous 1980s for the royal family.

Gillian Anderson played Margaret Thatcher and is up for supporting actress in a drama series alongside Helena Bonham Carter, who portrayed Princess Margaret and Emerald Fennell, who starred as Camilla Parker Bowles.

Tobias Menzies is nominated for playing the Duke of Edinburgh.

All the actors will be replaced for The Crown’s upcoming fifth season, which will place a more recent era under the Netflix glare.

Both The Crown and Bridgerton are up for the prestigious outstanding drama series Emmy, alongside The Boys, The Handmaid’s Tale, This Is Us, Pose, The Mandalorian and Lovecraft Country.

Despite three previous nominations, The Crown has never won the prize.

Kate Winslet is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for gritty detective drama Mare Of Easttown.

Her fellow nominees include Britons Michaela Coel for I May Destroy You and Cynthia Erivo for Genius: Aretha.

Anya Taylor-Joy is up for The Queen’s Gambit and Elizabeth Olsen for WandaVision.

Coel is also nominated for her directing and writing on sexual assault drama I May Destroy You.

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Ewan McGregor, Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Mark Strong have been set to star in Everest, an adventure thriller to be directed by Doug Liman from a script from Oscar-nominated Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner. The just-announced pic is set to start shooting January 22 in the UK and Italy. HanWay Films will rep international sales and distribution beginning at the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the U.S. sale.

Inspired by Jeffrey Archer’s novel Paths of Glory, the story is set in 1921 and centers on the real-life George Mallory (McGregor), who is picked by Arthur Hinks (Strong) of the Royal Geographic Society to scale the previously unconquerable Mount Everest. Following World War I, the fading British empire is desperate for a victory, but for Mallory and his rival, the eccentric Aussie George Finch (Heughan), the challenge has nothing to do with patriotism, instead it is a singular test of self.

Mallory’s real-life journey ended in mystery; he died during this third expedition to summit Everest, and it’s unknown whether he ever made it to the top.

Jennifer Klein and Liman, the latter a climbing aficionado, are producing the pic. The cinematographer will be Martin Ruhe (Midnight Sky, The American), Oliver Scholl (Venom, Spiderman: Homecoming) will be production designer, and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, True Detective) will handle the music.

This has been a longtime passion project for Liman. It once was set up with Sony and has had interest from a number of A-list actors over the years. Of course, Baltasar Kormakur made his own Everest for Working Title in 2015.

“We are thrilled to be working with HanWay Films in telling this important and timeless story,” Klein said. “Bringing Everest to screen is more relevant now than ever. In this period of uncertainty, a story of true determination, passion and positivity can help remind us of what we can overcome.”

Added HanWay Films managing dirctor Gabrielle Stewart: “Liman and McGregor are passionate adventurers both in life and filmmaking, and this film asks one of the great unresolved questions of the Everest story: Was Mallory the first to make it to the top, 30 years before [Edmund] Hillary? It would not surprise me if in the wake of this film, and as we approach the centenary of Mallory’s life-taking climb, this great mystery would lead us to one of great discovery.”

McGregor is represented by UTA, Narrative and Sloane Offer; Heughan is represented by UTA, United Agents, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Strong is represented by WME. Archer is represented by Joel Gotler and Robert Benun.

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Actor Ewan McGregor recently won the Best Actor in a Superhero Movie award for his acclaimed portrayal of DC’s Black Mask in 2020’s Birds of Prey(and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) at the first-ever Critics’ Choice Super Awards show.

McGregor won the honorary title over fellow nominees Skylar Astin (Secret Society of Second-Born Royals), Jim Carrey (Sonic The Hedgehog), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Old Guard) and Ben Schwartz (Sonic The Hedgehog). The inaugural ceremony was held virtually — due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and precautions — on The CW on Jan. 10.

McGregor portrayed Black Mask/Roman Sionis in 2020’s Birds of Prey, a villain who inspired the lethal starring ladies to team up against him as they seek to protect Cassandra Cain. “I want to kill you, because without the Joker around I can,” McGregor’s character famously said in the film to Harley Quinn which prompts Quinn to decide she needs help in defeating him.

McGregor joined co-star Margot Robbie in the winner’s circle as she also took home the Critics’ Choice Super Award for Best Actress in a Superhero movie for her portrayal of Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey.

The DC Comic character Black Mask first appeared in 1985’s Batman #386 and was created by Doug Moench and Tom Bandrake. Sionis is known in DC’s Gotham City to be one of the most dangerous criminal masterminds and frequently goes up against the Dark Knight. Similar to Bruce Wayne, the character came from wealth but his dark upbringing led him to become and still be a sinister force in Gotham City, rivaling that of Lex Luther in the criminal underworld and as seen in DC’s Year of the Villain Black Mask #1.

Hosted by Kevin Smith and Dani Fernandez, the inaugural Critics’ Choice Super Awards was held on Jan. 10 and celebrated series and films across the Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action and Animation genres. The awards ceremony aired on The CW and will be available to stream for free on The CW app and cwtv.com starting Jan. 11.

Directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco and Ewan McGregor. The film is now available on video-on-demand and streaming on HBO Max.

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Apple TV+ has unveiled a first look at Long Way Up, a new motorcycle adventure series starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

The show reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. The first three episodes will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly thereafter.

Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, McGregor and Boorman journey through the underexposed landscapes of South and Central America using cutting edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.

The new series will journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and up through Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. Joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians.

Long Way Up is a new original series that follows McGregor and Boorman’s previous adventures in Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

The series will join an expanding offering of unscripted series and films, including the recently announced Fireball, an original feature documentary directed by Werner Herzog and Professor Clive Oppenheimer; the soon-to-premiere 2020 Sundance US Grand Jury Prize award-winning documentary, Boys State; and the five-time Emmy nominated – including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – Beastie Boys Story.

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Get out your best suedes, everyone. Via Instagram, his preferred mode of communicating information about his many Netflix projects, Ryan Murphy has released a teaser for his next series, Halston (previously Simply Halston; now, simply, Halston), starring Ewan McGregor as the famed fashion designer who went from designing Jackie Kennedy’s hats to conquering the 1970s fashion world, before losing control of his company in the 1980s and dying of AIDS-related complications at 57. In addition to McGregor, who’s basically reprising his role from Birds of Prey, the series’ cast includes Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Rebecca Davan as Elsa Peretti, David Pittu as Joe Eula, Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli (Hit List lives!), Sullivan Jones as Ed Austin, and Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo. According to Murphy, the show began shooting today, suddenly increasing the demand for shag carpeting in Hollywood by approximately 1,000 percent.

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After a long 20 years of twists and turns, the limited series HALSTON starring the fantastic Ewan McGregor began production today. I am so proud of our director and leader Dan Minahan, and Christine Vachon of Killer Films. I am thrilled to be producing this great and meaningful show with them and Alexis Martin Woodall and Pamela Koffler. Cast list below. Ewan McGregor as HALSTON Rory Culkin as JOEL SHUMACHER Rebecca Dayan as ELSA PERETTI David Pittu as JOE EULA Krysta Rodriguez as LIZA MINNELLI Sullivan Jones as ED AUSTIN Gian Franco Rodriguez as VICTOR HUGO

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The new Birds of Prey Trailer Margot Robbie and Ewan McGregor came out yesterday.


Lucusfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy made it official to fans today that an Obi-Wan series is coming to Disney+. She brought Ewan McGregor on stage who begged the question to the room: “Ask me if I’m going to play Obi-Wan”, a question he has received backstage at awards shows to reporter phone calls.

“We have all the scripts written, and we’re ready to go next year, we can’t wait to start production,” said Kennedy.

McGregor was the surprise (not-so?) appearance at the end of Disney+’s D23 Star Wars streaming presentation today.

Prior to Solo: A Star Wars Story bombing at the box office, the first of what was going to be a number of classic Star Wars character spinoff movies, there was buzz of an Obi-Wan movie with three-time Oscar nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry attached. No word if he’s still involved here. There was news that broke when Solo released that Disney was reviving a Boba Fett movie with James Mangold helming, but those plans were sidelined when Jon Favreau’s streaming series Mandalorian came into fruition.

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Ewan McGregor may be picking up his lightsaber again. The 48-year-old Scottish actor is in talks about reprising his role as the heartfelt but headstrong Jedi master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a yet-to-be-titled Disney+ series, Deadline has confirmed.

Details about the series following the Jedi master are being kept under wraps. McGregor played the younger version of the wise but irascible Star Wars icon in the three prequel films: The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). McGregor also revisited the role to make a voice-only cameo in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Plans to produce a stand-alone Kenobi feature film morphed into the current plan for a big-budget series for Disney+, just as the discussion of a Boba Fett film gave way to the similarly spirited The Mandalorian series.

It may sound like a demotion in status and priority (and a reaction to the disappointing returns on the Han Solo film) but Disney+ is a small-screen venture of colossal importance to Disney. The digital subscription service has become an all-hands-on-deck mission for Disney with a bevy of shows from Marvel Studios and major-budget original programming, such as the high-profile remake of The Lady and The Tramp.

Disney+ plans are expected to be a core component of the on-stage preview presentations at Disney’s D23 Expo later this month in Anaheim. That programming will likely include the introduction of McGregor as a returning screen star in the Jedi universe.

Alec Guinness introduced the role of Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi in 1977 in Star Wars, the original installment in George Lucas’ space opera, which was later renamed Star Wars: A New Hope. Kenobi was struck down in that first film during a heart-wrenching light saber confrontation with Darth Vader aboard the huge space station called the Death Star, but the old Jedi wizard returned as a disembodied voice or spectral vision in the film’s two mega-successful sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

Guinness died in 2000 after a storied acting career that included roles in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Dr. Zhivago, Kind Hearts and Coronets, as well as Lawrence of Arabia, the David Lean-directed epic that both Lucas and Steven Spielberg have described as a North Star influence on their own bodies of work. By casting Guinness, Lucas wisely imported the gravitas of that epic career into his Jedi universe but the actor himself was famously unimpressed with the filmmaker’s interstellar saga, which the British stage veteran dismissed as “fairy tale rubbish.”

McGregor inherited the beloved role with all the major pressure and smothering legacy that goes with any generational shift in the fantasy saga, which long ago transcended the status of blockbuster brand to become a quasi-religion (and pathological retail obsession) for millions of fans. But McGregor delivered in a big way, adding dimension and depth to his character even when the wonky dialogue did him no favors on either front.

McGregor had made a name for himself already with memorable turns in compelling indie fare like Trainspotting, Brassed Off, and Shallow Grave, but the 1999 global relaunch of Star Wars took him to a new strata in his screen career. Without his Jedi robes, he also added notable successes with films such as Moulin Rouge, Black Hawk Down, Angels & Demons, The Ghost Writer, Beginners, and Christopher Robin.

This year McGregor will be seen in the nefarious role of Black Mask in the Birds of Prey film and in horror sequel Doctor Sleep, in which he portrays Danny Torrance, the grown-up survivor of the Overlook Hotel massacre depicted in The Shining.

All Star Wars films will be available on the Disney+ platform. The new Star Wars with McGregor series would join the previously announced The Mandalorian from Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal. That series takes place years after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter on the volatile rim planets beyond the reaches of law and order. The bounty hunter series will debut on Nov. 12, the Disney+ launch date.

Disney+ will also have a Star Wars spinoff series starring Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their Rogue One characters Cassian Andor and K-2S0. Stephen Schiff will serve as showrunner.

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