Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Johnny Depp portrays Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. Charlie Bucket, an impoverished boy, wins a candy bar contest and is given a tour of the amazing chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka and his staff of Oompa-Loompas.
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee, Deep Roy
Awards & Nominations:
2006 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCAR):
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Gabriella Pescucci (Nominated)
2006 ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS (SATURN AWARDS):
Best Costume: Gabriella Pescucci (Nominated)
Best Fantasy Film (Nominated)
Best Music: Danny Elfman (Nominated)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)
2006 AMANDA AWARDS (Norway):
Best Foreign Feature Film: Tim Burton (Nominated)
2006 AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (EDDIE AWARD):
Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical: Chris Lebenzon (Nominated)
2006 ART DIRECTORS GUILD:
Excellence in Production Design, Feature Film, Period or Fantasy: Alex McDowell, Leslie Tomkins, Kevin Phipps, David Allday, Francois Audouy, Anthony Caron-Delion, Sean Haworth, Andy Nicholson, Matthew Gray, James Lewis, Kathy Heaser (Nominated)
2006 AWARDS OF THE JAPANESE ACADEMY:
Best Foreign Film (Nominated)
2006 BAFTA AWARDS:
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects: Nick Davis, Jon Thum, Chas Jarrett, Joss Williams (Nominated)
Best Costume Design: Gabriella Pescucci (Nominated)
Best Make Up/Hair: Peter Owen, Ivana Primorac (Nominated)
Best Production Design: Alex McDowell (Nominated)
2006 BROADCAST FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS:
Best Young Actor: Freddie Highmore (Won)
Best Family Film, Live Action (Nominated)
2006 COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS:
Excellence in Costume Design for Film - Fantasy: Gabriella Pescucci (Nominated)
2006 EMPIRE AWARDS:
Best Actor: Johnny Depp (Won)
2006 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
2005 GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS:
Most Original (Nominated)
2006 GRAMMY AWARDS:
Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (for "Wonka's Welcome Song): John August, Danny Elfman (Nominated)
2005 IFTA AWARDS:
Audience Award, International Film (Won)
Audience Award, Best International Actor: Johnny Depp (Nominated)
Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film: David Kelly (Nominated)
2006 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS:
Special Silver Ribbon: Gabriella Pescucci (Won)
2006 MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS (GOLDEN REEL AWARD):
Best Sound Editing in Feature Film, Foreign: Eddy Joseph, Steve Boeddeker, Alex Joseph, Colin Ritchie, Martin Cantwell, John Warhurst, Tony Currie, Simon Chase, Peter Burgis, Andie Derrick (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing in Feature Film, Music: Bill Abbott, Michael Higham, Shie Rozow (Nominated)
2006 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS:
Favorite Family Movie (Won)
2005 SATELLITE AWARDS:
Outstanding Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot (Nominated)
Outstanding Youth DVD, 2-Disc Deluxe Edition (Nominated)
2006 TEEN CHOICE AWARDS:
Movies - Choice Actor, Comedy: Johnny Depp (Won)
2006 VISUAL EFFECTS SOCIETY AWARDS:
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year (for the Nut Room): Nick Davis, Nikki Penny, Jon Thum, Ben Morris (Nominated)
2006 WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS:
Soundtrack Composer of the Year: Danny Elfman (Nominated)
2006 YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS:
Best Family Feature Film, Comedy or Musical (Won)
Best Performance in a Feature Film, Comedy or Drama - Leading Young Actor: Freddie Highmore (Nominated)
Quotes from Johnny Depp:
"To be chosen to play Willy Wonka in itself is a great honor. But to be chosen by Tim Burton is double, triple the honor."
"As a kid, from what I understand, I'd like to think I was like Charlie, but I don't think I was. My [mother] says that I was... she uses the term hellion. I wasn't obnoxious or precocious, but I was curious. A lot of practical jokes and stuff like that. I got on her nerves, basically. I pissed her off quite frequently."
"It doesn't bother me [that people compare Wonka to Michael Jackson]. Everybody's entitled to think what they want, even while being violently wrong. [laughs] The weird thing is, that actually never occurred to me, that there would ever be any kind of connection to Michael Jackson. It never entered my mind. I still don't quite understand it. I guess I can on one level because of the make-up and the children and the fantasyland kind of thing. But it seems weird to me. I say if there was anyone you'd want to compare Wonka to it would be a Howard Hughes, almost. Reclusive, germaphobe, controlling."
"On this film with Willy Wonka there wasn't specifically any one or two guys that were models, so to speak, for the character, but there were memories that I have of when I was a little kid of watching children's shows and children show hosts. And I distinctly remember, even at that age, their speech pattern and their kind of musical quality of the way they're speaking to the camera, to the children. I thought, even then, it was really strange. I thought it was super bizarre because it was all, "Hello, children. How are you?" You know, that kind of thing. Guys that I watched like Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers and Uncle Al became that main part of the ingredient. And game show hosts that I remember seeing and watching and thinking, "My God! They can't be like that at home. They can't actually be like that." Which sort of led me to believe that they put on a mask to get that all-important positive smile. So, that was the other side of Wonka. And then doing stuff for the look of Wonka was incredibly important. It was incredibly important to have a feel for it and to be able to put that costume on and click those veneers into my mouth and the teeth, which actually changed the shape of my face a little bit."
"The first thing I thought was that it was very brave of [screenwriter] John August and Tim to make that decision [about adding a back-story] and to go in that direction. And to keep it in the spirit of Roald Dahl's intent was no small undertaking. In terms of cinema it's a great tool. It's a beautiful luxury for an actor because it explains of the back-story, a lot of where Wonka comes from. But for an audience it gives you a bit more insight to what this guy is and how he's become what he's become. So, yeah, I was really pleased about the back-story."
"I was stunned. Amazed, at first, by the outrageous possibilities of Tim's version of the Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but even more floored that he was, in actual fact, asking me if I would be interested in playing the role of Wonka. Now, for any kid who grew up in the 70's or 80's, the first film version starring Gene Wilder (who was a brilliant Wonka) was an annual event. So there was the kid in me who was giddy that I should be, in this case, the chosen one for the part. But there was also the 'thespian' in me who understood very, very well that every actor and their mother and that mother's brother's uncle's third cousin's pet iguana's goldfish would have hacked each other up into tiny morsels -- or at best, gladly knocked each other off in a more civilized fashion -- clamouring, gagging for the chance that was being presented to me by one of the people I admire most. I was also keenly aware of the many battles with many studios that Tim had had to endure over many years to secure my involvement on the various films we'd alread done together, and it made every kind of sense to me that he'd probably need to take the gloves off for this one. I couldn't believe my luck ... I still can't."
Foreword to "Burton on Burton" revised edition
"By now people know that when Tim and I get together, they should expect the unexpected."
January 21, 2005
"I was definitely a Gene Wilder fan, but that's not what dragged me in. More than anything it was just the fact that it was Tim [Burton] asking me to do it. Then, as luck would have it, it was this material and that character. What a great opportunity. As soon as I said that I was in, I knew that there were going to be great risks involved because we could very easily blow it. But again, that's very exciting for an actor. It's a challenge. It's a very loved character, both from the book and Gene Wilder's brilliant performance from that earlier film. So I knew that the risk was that I had to take it somewhere far away from the area that Gene Wilder had stomped. There's a twisted, perverted kind of side to the character and so I ran in the direction that seemed right to me."
"When Tim and I talked about doing it, there was no script. There was only the book, which was in a lot of ways a great gift because I was able to just use it for my notes. I had these memories of children show hosts when I was a kid of five and six years old. I was watching guys like Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and local guys like Uncle Al and Mr. Greenjeans. I remember thinking even then how odd it was the way that they spoke. They had that kind of bizarre musical rhythm and cadence to their speech pattern. That one of the main ingredients for Wonka and I stretched it out a bit. I was also thinking about game show hosts that I remembered on television when I was growing up. They had that kind of perpetual grin on their face. So you feel like they go on stage and put a mask on and do the thing and take it off. It's almost like a clown or something. So those two things became the basis for this version of Wonka."
"That was something that came to me early on when I was making little drawings about what might be right for the character. I did this kind of strange, almost a Brian Jones bob and super short bangs because I was thinking about the guy in terms of how he's lived in this self-induced isolation and he's removed himself from the modern world. Therefore his line of reference would be very dated. I thought that maybe he locked himself in a room with a stack of Herman's Hermit records and also that became a part of his speech pattern."
"What I did with Lily-Rose was that I was talking to her one day and many times we've played Barbies where she said, 'Daddy, don't use that voice. Just talk regular.' This one particular time I started to do the Wonka voice and she kind of lit up a little bit and I thought, 'OK, I think I'm on the right track here.'"
Quotes from others:
"My point of reference for Johnny's Willy Wonka was those local TV game-show hosts. Each city had its own and they were all weird and off."
January 21, 2005
"I read scripts for both grandmas. And when I saw that Georgina got to kiss Johnny, I went for that one. And it was lovely."
"I got the part when I was in the Grand Canyon on holiday. The call came through, so it was a great way to find out. It was just amazing. I was thinking, Yes, I'm going to get to work with Johnny again."
"I think [Charlie and I] are similar in some ways. At the end of Finding Neverland I was quite upset and I'd wished to see Johnny again. Charlie has a wish to go to the factory. And both of our wishes came true, so we're both similar in that way. Also, I'm just a normal kid and Charlie's just a normal kid. So, yeah."
"Johnny's fantastic! He's a really special person and he treats everyone as an equal and I think that's a really good thing. Obviously, when we got together on the first day we'd already knew each other so it was easy to get comfortable working together. It all went good."
"I really like the way [Johnny] plays Wonka. You're not sure if Wonka's nice or not nice. I mean, he seems nice because he invites kids to the factory and he gives them chocolates, but four of them do meet sticky ends, so maybe he's to blame."