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Kodi Smit-McPhee (born 13 June 1996) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as The Boy in The Road, Owen in Let Me In, Norman Babcock in ParaNorman, Alexander in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Nightcrawler in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse. He will also play Will Burrows, a lead role, in the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Tunnels.
Smit-McPhee in 2014
13 June 1996 |
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Family||Sianoa Smit-McPhee (sister)|
Smit-McPhee's first feature film role was in Romulus, My Father, which garnered him the 2007 AFI Award for Best Young Actor as well as a Best Actor nomination. His appearance in 2009's The Road saw him receive a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor and a 2010 Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best International Actor. The following year, he starred in Let Me In, for which he received a 2010 Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Young Actor for his performance in the film; he was also nominated for the film Matching Jack the same year. In 2012, he filmed The Congress. The film premiered at the 2013 Directors' Fortnight at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Smit-McPhee then starred in ParaNorman, in which he lent his voice as the lead role of Norman. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature for the 2013 Academy Awards, and also received a 2013 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Animated Film. Later the same year, Smit-McPhee had a role in Dead Europe, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. His next role came in The Wilderness of James in the title role of James. He also starred in A Birder's Guide to Everything, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, and played Benvolio in a film adaption of Romeo and Juliet. He co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The project reunited him with director Matt Reeves, with whom he previously worked with on the film Let Me In.
In 2013, Smit-McPhee filmed the action science fiction film Young Ones. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014. Soon after, he appeared in Slow West, which was released in 2015. In March 2014, he was cast in the Nine Network's seven-part drama series Gallipoli; which was broadcast in February and March 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. He plays 17-year-old Thomas "Tolly" Johnson, who ages himself up so that he can enlist with his brother Bevan and ends up fighting at Gallipoli in the campaign that helped create the Anzac legend. The series is produced by Endemol Australia and was shot over a three-month period starting in March 2014. Smit-McPhee played Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), a role whose older version was previously played by Alan Cumming. Smit-McPhee will reprise the role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
|2006||Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America||Toby Connelly||Television film|
|2007||Romulus, My Father||Raimond|
|The King||Young John Wesley||Television film|
|2010||Let Me In||Owen|
|2013||The Congress||Aaron Wright|
|Romeo & Juliet||Benvolio|
|A Birder's Guide to Everything||David Portnoy|
|2014||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||Alexander|
|All the Wilderness||James Charm|
|Young Ones||Jerome Holm|
|Maya the Bee||Willy||Voice|
|2015||Slow West||Jay Cavendish|
|2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler|
|X-Men: Dark Phoenix||Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler||Post-production|
|2006||Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Brandon||Episode: "Umney's Last Case"|
|2006||Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Jackson Evans||Episode: "The Fifth Quarter"|
|2006||Monarch Cove||Young Jake||4 episodes|
|2015||Gallipoli||Thomas "Tolly" Johnson||Miniseries|
|2016||Sky Fibre - X-Men Apocalypse - Television Advertisement||Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler||Set after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Australian Film Institute||2007||Young Actor's Award||Won||Romulus, My Father|
|Best Lead Actor||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||2008||Special Achievement Award||Won|
|Best Actor – Supporting Role||Won|
|Young Artist Award||2009||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor||Won|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||2010||Best Young Actor/Actress||Nominated||The Road|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Nominated|
|Australian Film Institute||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Nominated||Matching Jack|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society||Best Performance by a Youth (Male)||Won||Let Me In|
|Critic's Choice Award||2011||Best Young Actor||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Nominated|
|Fangoria Chainsaw Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Ensemble for a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards||Best Male Supporting Actor||Nominated||Matching Jack|
|Saturn Award||2015||Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Nominated||Dawn of the Planet of the Apes|
- "Acting game is a family affair". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- Knox, David (3 March 2014). "Nine announces Gallipoli cast". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Shawn S. Lealos (18 February 2015). "X-Men Apocalypse Casts Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler". Renegade Cinema. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (14 June 2017). "Fox Formalizes Simon Kinberg To Helm 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'; Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy Back, Jessica Chastain In Talks". Deadline.com. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Kodi Smit-McPhee cast as Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer announces". News.com.au. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Sky Fibre and X-MEN Apocalypse TV ad - Extended Cut".
- "Sky Fibre and X-MEN TV ad - Behind the Scenes (Visual Effects)".
- Media related to Kodi Smit-McPhee at Wikimedia Commons
- Kodi Smit-McPhee on IMDb
- "Gallipoli star hates war even more (interview about 2015 TV miniseries)". Stuff/Fairfax. 3 February 2015.