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ANANT SINGH ON CHARLIZE (article first published : 2004-03-7)

Internationally renowned Durban film producer Anant Singh acknowledges Charlize Theron for winning The Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster at the 76th Annual Academy Award Ceremony:

“I am thrilled and proud to have been able to share in this special Academy Award ceremony as Charlize Theron, a fellow South African won the Best Actress Oscar. Her performance in Monster is astounding. She has risen to become an international star and has managed her career phenomenally well. She is well-deserving of this prestigious accolade and has done all South Africans proud.

For me personally, it was an honour, as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, the body that organises and governs the Oscars, to see Charlize receive this award not just for herself, but for South Africa as well.

Charlize’s Oscar success bodes well for the South African film industry, which is currently in an upward trend. The industry is currently worth about R8 billion per year, and a recognition like Charlize's win, certainly benefits the industry and will raise the profile of the South African film industry globally.

Charlize is most certainly one of the top ten leading ladies in the motion picture industry today, and I'm sure she will get to the top of that list very soon.

I hope that Charlize’s Oscar will be visiting South Africa with her next week as it will inspire everyone in our industry to achieve success, even though the challenges are substantial.

South Africa can also be proud and share in the eleven Oscars that were won by Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, as its creator, J R R Tolkien is a son of South Africa, having been born in Bloemfontien. Lord Of The Rings is also of significance to us in the Southern Hemisphere as it was filmed in New Zealand and I really believe that the South African Film Industry can learn from the way New Zealand has structured its industry.”




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