Ian McKellen Awards
Born on May 25th, 1939
From Burnley, Lancashire, England
Shakespeare's king (Ian McKellen) vows revenge when his daughters usurp his power.
A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III (Ian McKellen) descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must first remove the obstacles to his ascension -- among them his brother, his nephews and his brother's wife (Annette Bening). When the Duke of Buckingham (Jim Broadbent) deserts him, Richard's plans are compromised.
In the early 20th Century, Russian Czar Nicholas II (Ian McKellen) and his wife, Czarina Alexandra (Greta Scacchi), bring crazed monk Rasputin (Alan Rickman) into their royal court, believing he can heal their gravely ill son. But despite claiming a special connection with God, Rasputin also exhibits volatile and nefarious behavior, which threatens to corrupt the royal family from within. Meanwhile, the political situation outside the palace walls becomes increasingly tumultuous.
In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis (Matthew Modine) learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors, but several join him in his cause. As it becomes apparent that people have personal reasons to turn the other cheek, Francis persists. Meanwhile, the number of deaths continues to grow.