Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"I don't mind if I don't have any lines as long as I get to wear the crown."


This lovely photo is taken by Robert Maxwell. That quippy quote in the title line is ascribed to Dame Helen Mirren herself. They are both featured in the "Profiles" section of the October 2nd New Yorker (not available online currently). If the media keeps fawning on Mirren like this it's going to be hard for anyone else to get competitive traction in the Best Actress Oscar race.

It's a great profile by John Lahr with some really fine quotes from Mirren enthusiasts and Mirren herself. Like the following:
You know that kind of ensemble feeling -'We're all in this together.' No, actually, we're not all in this together. I am the queen. I am the star, and you know, suck it up.
Hee. I love it. The Queen hits the big cities on October 6th, which is shaping up to be the most exciting Friday of the year: Shortbus, Little Children, and The Departed are all experiencing their opening weekends together. If you live in one of the major markets you better splurge for a jumbo popcorn with free refills.

9 comments:

the boyfriend said...

See, one of the essential differences between Nathaniel and me is that I thumbed through this week's New Yorker, came to this photo and shrieked "Oh my god that's a gorgeous frock! Oh and Helen Mirren's wearing it and looking lovely." Nat grabbed it and screamed "OSCARS!" Do they give out Oscars for being best dressed? (They should.)

Stephen G said...

Speak of British acting royalty, Sir Michael Caine is getting singled out in all the reviews of Children of Men I've seen. I think this is the one nomination the film might get, bringing his total to 7 noms if I'm not mistaken.

He's also been nominated across 5 consecutive decades - 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. I can think of only one actor who matches this (Olivier, from 30s through 70s). Are there others? K Hepburn and Paul Newman have been nominated in 5 decades, but not consecutively (neither was nommed in the 70s).

That's longevity! (and some seriously inane Oscar trivia!!!)

Kris said...

There is something incredibly, oddly sexy about Mirren...

Arkaan said...

Jack Nicholson

1969: Easy Rider
1974: Chinatown (among others)
1987: Ironweed (among others)
1997: As Good as it Gets (among others)
2002: About Schmidt

Dame Helen Miren is one fantastic lady.

Ramification said...

She does look amazing, she was on a talk show here (Parkinson) the other night and they showed a clip of an interview with her when she was much younger, she looks hotter now than she did 30 years ago ...

mistyh92104 said...

I sure wouldn't mind seeing Ms. Mirren crowned next Spring either. I just hope there isn't a big backlash against her if she does become the frontrunner simply because she might be competing with Streep, Winslet, Bening, etc. Any would be worthy and Mirren is right up there with them, imho.

Besides, we could only be so lucky to have a year with such wonderful nominees in that category (esp. after last year...yeesh!), regardless of who wins.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Just wanted to let you know India has selected Rang De Basanti (Color it Yellow) as it official entry for the foreign film Oscar. The film is about today's youth dealing with corruption, patriotism, values etc. It stars an ensemble including Aamir Khan of Lagaan(2003, foreign film oscar nomination) fame. Oops! sorry for it here though. KD

Anonymous said...

Its me again, sorry for bothering. On your website, the title of Rang De Basanti is incorrectly stated as Rang de Basati. Also the film was released in the US in Jan and collected $8.8M worldwide of which $2.2M was collected in the US (source boxofficemojo.com). KD

Emma said...

Teehee! I've seen The Queen, and I'm just about to publish my review of it.