You can’t say that Felicity Jones isn’t having a stellar year. The popular actor rose to international fame with her work in ‘The Theory of Everything,’ and ‘Like Crazy,’ and her role as Jyn Erso in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars’ is only a few weeks away from premiering in theaters across the planet.
Adding to her growing list of achievements, Jones was given the fourth annual “IMDb STARmeter Award” at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week. This annual award recognizes the stars who are fan favorites on IMDbPro’s STARmeter chart, which is determined by the actual search behavior of IMDb’s more than 250 million unique monthly visitors worldwide. Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO, presented the award to Felicity this morning at a private event in Toronto.
Last year’s IMDb STARmeter Award winner, Brie Larson, was honored by IMDb in Toronto in September 2015 for her work in Room, the very first award she received for her acclaimed performance for which she went on receive significant industry accolades, culminating in her Best Actress Academy Award.
Miles Teller, the 2014 recipient of IMDb’s award in Toronto, was honored for his work in Whiplash. And Olivia Wilde received the inaugural IMDb STARmeter Award in Toronto in 2013 for her work in Rush and Third Person.
“Thank you so much to IMDb and especially to the fans who made this possible,” said Felicity Jones. “IMDb is such an invaluable resource for everyone who goes to see films and everyone who works in film. It is a real privilege to receive this award.”
“On behalf of IMDb’s hundreds of millions of customers all over the world, I was delighted to present Felicity with the IMDb STARmeter Award which recognizes those special stars who are fan favorites as determined by IMDbPro’s STARmeter chart,” said Col Needham, IMDb’s founder and CEO. “As someone who has keenly followed Felicity’s career since I first saw her on screen in 2008’s Flashbacks of a Fool, I believe she has given one of her most moving performances in A Monster Calls, which has its world premiere today at TIFF and has already earned a spot on my personal top 10 films of 2016 list.”
Felicity’s IMDb STARmeter award win reflects intense fan interest in her upcoming lead roles in three films hitting the big screen later this year — Disney/Lucas’ Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, in theaters worldwide on December 16, 2016; Ron Howard’s Inferno opposite Tom Hanks, in theaters October 28, 2016; and J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls opposite Liam Neeson, in theaters in limited release December 23, 2016 (opening wide on January 6, 2017).
Felicity Jones is best known for her Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe-nominated starring role opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything. Inspired by Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the movie details the love story between Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge cosmology student, and Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with at University in the 1960s. Soon after, Jones landed the hotly-contested lead roles in three films hitting the big screen later this year — Disney/Lucas’ Star Wars: Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards, in theaters worldwide on December 16, 2016; Ron Howard’s Inferno opposite Tom Hanks, in theaters October 28, 2016; and J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls opposite Liam Neeson, in theaters in limited release December 23, 2016 (opening wide on January 6, 2017).
Jones’s past film credits include: The Invisible Woman, the story of Charles Dickens’s secret mistress, in which she stars with Ralph Fiennes, who also directed; Rupert Goold’s drama True Story opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco; Breath In, which reteamed her with director Drake Doremus; and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.