Friday, January 19, 2007

Mirren's wins at the Golden Globes

So Helen Mirren won two Golden Globes for playing two very different Queen Elizabeths. Her award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie came for Elizabeth I and her second globe of the night came for potraying Elizabeth II in The Queen in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama category.

And I don't care what anyone says: Mirren looked drop dead terrific. Its nice to see a winner do away with the cutesy giggles, bang tosses, jokes that sounded funny back then, political rants and arm waves and replace it with a cucumber cool demeanor that would have done the Queen proud. Sure her speech was boring, but who was listening, anyway? Plus in a sea of people trying to deliver the most memorable speech, her understated podium speech was downright classy.

With Meryl Streep getting a nomination (and eventually the Globe) in a different category - Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Mirren's only competition came from Judi Dench. But it's hard to see Dench winning for a movie that was as dark (and fiscally unsuccessful) as
Notes On A Scandal. But with Streep likely scoring a nomination for Best Actress in the Oscars, Mirren will have to contend with her. Much as I like Streep's work in "The Devil Wears Prada", I hope Mirren wins.

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