HOT is the Oscar buzz on Miranda Richardson, who was doing the big “Made in Dagenham” press junket in NYC this morning. She was there and was every inch the great lady of stage and screen that I imagined her to be.
It was thrilling to meet her. And when I mentioned the “O” word to her, she seemed startled, but pleased, and not really surprised. She blew a kiss at me! And said, “Bless you.” Then I fainted. My interview with Miranda in its’ entirety will be up soon on www.youtube.com/StephenHoltShow
She’s soooo good in the Supporting Role of Barbara Castle, the British MP and Secretary of State who flies in at the end of the film, and saves the day for all the striking women, and runs off with the movie, too. She’s a great, great actress, having been nominated twice before for “Damage” and for “Tom and Viv” which she was unforgettabale in as the mentally unbalanced Viv.
I wore my “Failure is Impossible” purple sweatshirt, which I got at the Susan B. Anthony house in Rochester New York. That was Anthonys motto. She, who led the Suffragettes in the fight to get the vote for women. Just as Sally Hawkins’ character in “Made in Dagenham” leads the women’s strike for equal pay.
Miranda was VERY happy to hear that motto, “Failure is Impossible.” And I think she truly identified with those sentiments.
UPDATE: For some reason, this is underling everything, and I can’t turn it off! Sorry! But I thought this was worth mentioning, the British Independent Film Nominations have just come out with “”The King’s Speech” dominating, of course. Although I had no idea that this sumptuous, lavish film was an indie!
This happened later in the day. And so, as you can see, the Buzz changes. The OSCAR buzz that is. It’s a malleable, changeable thing like the waves on the ocean or the scent of a beautiful woman’s perfume. Especially now that we’re in November which I now officially dub “Oscar Hopeful Month.” This is the period AFTER most of the stage has been set and BEFORE the actual nominations and early awards kick in.
But the interesting thing that jumped out at me in regards to “”Made in Dagenham and the other Sony Pictures Classics Oscar-Seeker “Another Year” was that it was nominated for Best Director, Mike Leigh, but not Best Picture. And that “”Dagenham,”was nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, too, but not Best Director! Poor Nigel Cole, whom I interviewed today, must feel terribly left out!
And our gal Sal WAS nominated for Best Actress, as was the little known British actress, Ruth Sheen also from “Another Year” and so was Oscar Nominee James Broadbent for “Another Year”,too, for Best Actor. Neither of these nominations will repeat themselves at the Oscars, but they very well may at the BAFTAS. Sheen and Broadbent are subdued, quiet performances as a happily married middle-aged couple. They anchor the film, but Oscar doesn’t go for subdued or subtle. He should, but he doesn’t.
And they put Leslie Manville in Supporting! And also nominated was the beauteous, statuesque blonde Rosamand Pike for Best Supporting Actress for “Dagenham”! And NOT Miranda Richardson! Rosamond Pike! Yikes! No one saw that one coming, except Jeff Wells at www.hollywood-elsewhere.com
And here Miranda is, stateside, being the main spokes-person for the film, since Sally can’t travel to L.A. because of her play on her one day off and fly back to Bway again. But the run of the play ends at the end of November, so hopefully Sally will be able to be back on the Oscar trail then. Full-Stop.
And Rosamand Pike is not here, representing, OR the real truth behind the Oscars, not BEING CAMPAIGNED FOR. I bet Sony was really surprised this afternoon! ROSAMUND PIKE! YIKES!
The word today was that Leslie Manville is still be put in the lead for “Another Year” which is what might knock Sally H. out of contention here…
The shatteringly brilliant Manville is up against Helena Bonham-Carter for Best Supporting Actress for “The King’s Speech” playing a subdued Queen to Colin Firth’s stammering King. Of course, Colin Firth got nominated for Best Actor and BOTH Geoffrey rush and Guy Pearce got nominated for Supporting Actor for “The King’s Speech.”Looks like it’s TKS dominating from now on….
So despite what I heard earlier today, Sally is still in the race. At least in ENGLAND she is. And Miranda and director of “Dagenham” Nigel Cole are not. At least judging by the BIFA nominations today.
Confusing? I’ll say, but it’s going in any case to be a VERY British year at the Oscars! And I say, “Jolly Good!” And what does Oscar goddess Sasha Stone have to say. She says on www.awardsdaily.com that the BIFA are not usually relevant to the Oscars…And Sasha knows EVERYTHING! Being the webmistress of the biggest Oscar site on the Internet, she also HEARS everything first. I get swamped with Press Releases. Sometimes I feel she must be DROWNING! But she always keeps her smart, jolly head above the water!
HOWEVER, this year looking like it’s going to be the Year of the Brits, I think they are going to dominate, if not outright sweep every category, except Best Actress where it’s still between Annette Bening and Natalie Portman..
And who is Rosamand Pike(YIKES!) playing to earn her such a strong nomination out of nowhere in “Dagenham.” She’s the posh wife of one of the union representatives. And she’s very, very good in the little she has to do. It’s not a big role, like Miranda’s MP is.