James McAvoy: a losing winner
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Whatever. He lost out on the Olivier Award for Best Actor to Mark Strong but I don’t know that anyone can call James McAvoy a loser. Not when he’s out there, saying what he means and meaning what he says, about the arts, about how privilege can influence who becomes an artist, and speaking out about the importance of arts funding, and then pledging £125,000 for a 10 year scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he graduated in 2000. The donation was announced last week.
"There are few opportunities for young people to engage in performing arts. I see tons of young people who are vastly intelligent but because they have this ingrained humility, it gets in the way of them expressing themselves and showing how brilliant they are. Drama breaks through barriers and it can give people the tools to walk into a room and express themselves. I really believe in that; it's why I believe drama should be taught in our state schools from an early age and it's why I am delighted to be part of creating the opportunity for young Scots to help them realise their potential through drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland." (Source)
So, no. He is far from a loser. Look at him. Here with Anne-Marie Duff on the carpet. That hair. James is underrated in so many ways, especially on talent. But he’s also underrated for his hair. Even Bradley Cooper would have a hard time challenging this hair.