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Kenneth Branagh PHOTOS: 2011 Hollywood International Star of the Year A lot is being made this awards season of George Clooney’s versatility in front of and behind the camera, as the “Ides of March” director finds himself in the Oscar race for his performance as a bewildered father in Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”

And it’s true that Clooney is enjoying a productive 2011. But Kenneth Branagh has performed a similar feat this year. Click here to read interview with Kenneth

Consider this. Earlier this year, Branagh kicked off the Summer 2011 season with his Shakespeare-by-way-of-Marvel-comics blockbuster, “Thor.” The smash hit earned a whopping $449 million at the worldwide box office, establishing Chris Hemsworth as a bankable star while also setting the stage for “Captain America” and, later, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” It was a coup for Branagh, but he wasn’t finished yet.

It’s Branagh’s masterful turn as Sir Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ charming “My Week With Marilyn” that has the respected actor in the Oscar race for a Best Supporting Actor trophy. By playing his hero, Branagh lends stability and professionalism to a unique behind-the-scenes drama. For these triumphs, we’re please to recognize Kenneth Branagh as our 2011 Hollywood International Star of the Year:

Kenneth Branagh

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Click here to read our exclusive interview with Branagh on behalf of “My Week With Marilyn”

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