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Finding Neverland

5 Favorite Johnny Depp Movie Moments: PEOPLE Critic's Take

Originally posted 06/07/2013 01:15PM

Whittle Johnny Depp's widely varied film career to just five awesome scenes? That's a crazy, cruel mission, but one I'm willing to undertake. Of course, such a venture pushes many worthy entrants off the list (Sweeney Todd, Ed Wood, Finding Neverland, Benny & Joon and a host of others), but anything worth doing is worth debating, crying and pulling each other's hair over. So here are my five favorite moments in Depp.

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Depp's Neverland Scores Pre-Oscar Honor | Johnny Depp

Depp's Neverland Scores Pre-Oscar Honor

Originally posted 12/01/2004 09:00AM

HONORED: Johnny Depp's critically acclaimed film Finding Neverland was named best film of 2004 on Wednesday by The National Board of Review, which typically hands out the first awards of Oscar season. Depp's performance in the film, about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, has garnered much Oscar buzz, but another Oscar hopeful, Jamie Foxx, was named best actor for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in Ray. Annette Bening was named best actress for Being Julia. The group's list of top 10 films of the year also includes The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by Mike Nichols's Closer, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby and the wine country comedy Sideways.

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Inside Johnny's Private World | Johnny Depp

Johnny's Depth

Originally posted 11/11/2004 12:00PM

Johnny Depp was having his very own take-your-daughter-to-work day. For months he had been commuting from the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory near London to see his family – Lily-Rose, 5, Jack, 2, and their mom, his longtime companion, Vanessa Paradis, 31 – at their retreat on the French Riviera. Every weekend was the same, says producer Richard Zanuck: On Friday after work Depp took a two-hour flight to Nice followed by a two-hour drive to the family house in a tiny French village, then headed back to London again every Sunday night. The trip never wore him out. "Monday morning he'd be all smiles and say, 'I just had the greatest time with my family,' " says Zanuck. "It seemed to refresh him." But he brought the family to England for the last month of shooting. And nothing could quite compare to the charge he got bringing Lily-Rose to the set on Nov. 9. As Zanuck explains, "He wanted her to see him playing with the Oompa Loompas."

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