Rebecca Wang supports 68th BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony

Rebecca Wang joins celebrity attendees including Professor Stephen Hawking, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham at the Royal Opera Film Awards ceremony.

Sunday 8th February saw London twinkling with stardust as international film stars from around the world arrived at the Royal Opera House London for the 68th annual BAFTA Film Awards ceremony. Leading figures in the field, including actors Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon, Ralph Fiennes, producer Rebecca Wang and director Mike Leigh attended the ceremony, hosted by Stephen Fry.

The excellence in modern British cinema was captured by Sunday’s award decisions. Films that told the stories of outstanding innovators Alan Turing and Professor Stephen Hawking were heavily nominated, and the latter’s early life story in The Theory of Everything gained Outstanding British Film with Eddie Redmayne earning Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

Boyhood which emerged victorious in the coveted Best Film category also scooped up Best Director for Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette, while Best Actress went to Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice.

JK Simmons won Best Supporting Actor, and veteran UK director Mike Leigh was honoured with a highly esteemed BAFTA Fellowship, joining the ranks of previous honourees Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor

Outside of the US awards, the BAFTA UK ceremony is considered to be the most significant world-wide. Its results are viewed as reliable predictors for the Academy Awards, which take place two weeks later.

Beyond its renown for celebrating the very best in its fields, BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is a charity organisation which offers year-round education schemes extending the reach of the moving image arts. Its Scholarship Programme enables British youngsters, especially those gifted in film, television or video games to continue postgraduate study and training in the UK and abroad. In 2013, BAFTA President, HRH Prince William launched the Give Something Back campaign, calling on BAFTA members and film studios to support his initiative.

London-based Hollywood executive producer, Rebecca Wang attended Sunday’s ceremony in her capacity as a member of the Academy Circle and is a longstanding supporter of the Scholarship Programme.

She said:

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege for me to give something back and play a part in helping extend and develop the remarkable range of talent in the United Kingdom. These young people are the future of excellence in the field of creative moving arts and will ensure that the very best in film, television and video continues to be accessible for, and appreciated by, the British public.”

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Rebecca Wang is an entrepreneur, executive film producer and former psychotherapist who is passionate about all forms of artistic expression. She is also keen in her desire to bring effective support to projects focusing on health and humanitarian issues. Wang spent her early years in Asia, and has since lived in the US and Europe. Having graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, she has practiced at various leading institutions such as the University of Californian as well as several elementary schools, specializing in family, children, and couples counseling. It was the realization of the healing role of the arts in therapy, which was the catalyst for her to pursue her own creative dreams through filmmaking. Inspired to expand the reach of her work, in 2011 she made her production debut as executive producer with the Hollywood feature film Passion Play, which was selected for the prestigious 37th International Toronto Film Festival. Passion Play starred BAFTA winner Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray, both of whom had been previously nominated for Academy Awards. Wang is based in London where her appreciation of all arts is channeled into a wide range of leading organisations and arts venues in the capital. She is member of the Academy Circle for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), a Director of Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum, and patron to the National, Tate Modern and Serpentine Galleries. Recognising the power of music’s properties for healing has led her to be a patron to the Royal College of Music. She also has a broad interest in design, photography and fashion. In addition to her passion for all art forms, she is also committed to projects that focus on health and humanitarian issues and the global efforts against AIDS, supporting two of the foremost charities in this field. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which was established by the musician in 1992, is one of the largest privately-funded institutions in the world working to overcome AIDS. Since its beginning the Foundation has prioritized the pivotal areas of treatment, prevention and education, and raised over $300 million to support more than 1,200 projects world-wide. Wang has been benefactor over two consecutive years (2011, 2012) to the EJAF’s Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, the most high-profile and largest fundraising event held in Hollywood on Oscar night. In 2014 and 2015 she has resumed her support as patron for the event, a position she also held for their New York Enduring Vision benefit in October 2013. This event recognizes outstanding contribution in the campaign against AIDS and in 2013 honored Hilary Clinton with the Founder’s Award for her tireless work in the field. amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, plays a leading global role in the area of research, treatment and education for AIDS. It attracts and fosters support and ongoing patronage from many leading public figures in the fields of film, fashion and music, including the late Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The non-profit organization can also count on endorsement from those whose actions carry global influence, such as former US President Bill Clinton. With Piaget and M.A.C Viva Glam, Wang acted as a sponsor for the 2012 Paris Inspiration Gala. She has also joined with others including amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole as Chairs for both the Los Angeles and New York Inspiration Galas in 2013 and 2014. Among those who have received awards at these events to honor their long term work and committed stance towards AIDS have been Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, philanthropist Aileen Getty, fashion legend Valentino, actress Goldie Hawn, singer Jennifer Lopez, and film director and designer Tom Ford. Beyond the worlds of arts and humanitarian issues, Wang also has genuine concern for animals, particularly for dogs who have been maltreated, and supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The RSPCA is the oldest organization for animal welfare in the world and since its foundation in 1824 has played an active role in both the creation of animal welfare legislation and in its enforcement. Rebecca continues to focus on ventures reflecting creativity across all art forms and initiatives which further her desire for a greater understanding of humanitarian issues. www.rebeccawangentertainment.com

Quotes

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege for me to give something back and play a part in helping extend and develop the remarkable range of talent in the United Kingdom. These young people are the future of excellence in the field of creative moving arts and will ensure that the very best in film, television and video continues to be accessible for, and appreciated by, the British public.”
Rebecca Wnag