The actress will help decide the Middle East festival’s annual IWC Filmmaker Award
The Dubai International Film Festival has named Emily Blunt as a member of the jury that will decide the IWC Filmmaker Award, the festival’s annual competition held in collaboration with Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.
The competition — now in its third year — offers $100,000 to a Middle East filmmaker to help develop and produce his or her script. It will be awarded during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival, which kicks off Dec. 10.
“It will be fascinating to see the scripts and discover forthcoming films that will undoubtedly touch the hearts and minds of audiences in the region and internationally,” said Blunt.
Last year, Cate Blanchett headed the IWC Filmmaker Award jury, with the prize going to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi for his project Dolphins.
Meryl Streep will be run in Supporting, not lead, while Emily Blunt will be the lead actress contender for Into the Woods, a rep from Disney confirmed. Sometimes the “category confusion” as my friend Nat calls it can lead to odd happenings when the award nominations come down. It happens sometimes as voters (Academy or SAG) are not required to put any actor in any category. They do what they want. But much of the time, if it’s done early enough, ducks get put in a row and things line up as expected, especially lately with so much publicity around the Oscars now.
In this case, both Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick will be in supporting for Into the Woods, which could also be in line for a SAG ensemble nod given the talent involved.
Emily’s husband John Krasinski challenged Emily to complete the ALS #IceBucketChallenge and Emily completed the challenge the next day. You have probably heard about the challenge by now since it’s taking (social) media by storm but for more information about the challenge and find out how to donate be sure to head over to alsa.org!
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) August 20, 2014
Emily challenged Stephen Merchant and he also completed his challenge.
We have added a few more additions related to “Into The Woods” in our gallery. First of all some additional on set photos and another still of Emily with co-stars James Corden and Meryl Streep. We also added the People Magazine scan that features a sneak peak of the movie into our gallery. Many thanks to my friend Ali for her donations!