Thursday, January 25, 2007

QE 1/2

3 of the best actress/supporting actress nods this year are linked by royal blood.

* Judy Dench played Queen Elizabeth 1 (and won a best supporting oscar) and Queen Victoria (nomination)

* Helen Mirren has been nominated for best actress for portraying Queen Elizabeth 2. She's won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role as QE1 in the mini-series Elizabeth

* Cate Blanchett was nominated (she wuz robbed by Gwynnie in her pink prom dress!) for playing QE1 (same year that Judi Dench won for playing an older version of the Queen)

My friend M and I have an annual bet on who will win at the Oscars. If the movie she picks wins, I will take her to dinner at an Italian restaurant. If I win, she takes me to dinner at a Middle Eastern restaurant. The hardest part is sometimes matching the restaurant to an element in the movie choice.


carlosceldran said...

Treat the winner instead to British food? Hmmm.. I don't know about that. Where is there good British fare here? Prince of wales is closed...

Katrina said...

Helen Mirren also won the Globe for her QE2 role. And I SO agree about Cate! She was absolutely brilliant in "Elizabeth," pure pleasure to watch. Every time I see that on TV, I can't help but sit entranced by her stellar acting. Gwyneth is a good actress, but didn't deserve to win that year. And she has a simpering quality about her that has always annoyed me.

Have you watched "Ladies in Lavender" starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith? I just bought it, but haven't had a chance to see it. LOVE all those Brit actresses!

Mila Tan said...

Hmmm, can't think of any British pub/restaurant around these parts. Maybe in Burgos.... Thank goodness my friend didn't choose to bid on The Queen for best pic! But then I could always take her to Queens (heehee) if she had and it wins.

I always think of Cate as British, not Australian. She's got more of that classic dramatic training that seems to be missing in other Aussie actresses of her age range. Did you hear that there's a sequel to "Elizabeth" later this year? Clive Owens will play Raleigh, and Cate will reprise the role of Elizabeth. Same director too!

Katrina said...

Hey, that's right, Cate's Australian! The other actress I often get mixed up about is Kate Winslet. I first saw her when she was very young in an Australian film called "Heavenly Creatures," so I keep forgetting she's British.

I still feel bad about missing the TV movie "Elizabeth I" with Helen Mirren. I was so looking forward to it, because it looked like it was based on that book by Alison Weir, which I enjoyed. I wonder if the sequel will be based on "The Children of Henry VIII" by the same author? I didn't like that book quite as much as the former.

Mila Tan said...

Katrina, hallmark channel will show Elizabeth again (I think it's Feb 10). Catch if it's on. Otherwise maybe there's a dvd copy floating around.

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