James Cameron declared most powerful man in UK film industry

Saturday, September 25, 2010

LONDON - James Cameron, director of the two highest grossing films ever made, has been voted as the person wielding the most power over the UK film industry in Guardian’s inaugural Film Power 100.

Cameron, whose films ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’ have raked in a whopping 4.61 billion dollars in total at the box office, took the top spot ahead of fellow director Steven Spielberg and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio has replaced Tom Cruise as the go-to leading man for big-budget movies, while the ‘Top Gun’ star failed to make it to the list altogether.

The highest placed Briton was Christopher Nolan, director of ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception’, at No 6, reports the Guardian.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey was ranked 10th, because of the 30m pounds he has to distribute around the British film industry following the decision to close the UK Film Council.

The highest ranked British actor was Sacha Baron Cohen, at No 26 whose daredevil comedies ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’ have achieved coveted crossover success in the US.

Angelina Jolie, at No 18, was the highest placed woman.

Her husband Brad Pitt was No 5, although he owes his influence as much to his relationship with Jolie as his own star power.

The third leading man in the top 10 was George Clooney, at No 9, in recognition of the fact that his fans’ loyalty guarantees the success of any film in which he stars.

Kate Winslet was placed 29th in the list. (ANI)

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