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Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 -- Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for "Lincoln." Blanchett's first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest. All of these but de Hav »
Speaking to Vulture, Grant joked that he long suspected he would be left out of the Downton Abbey "phenomenon".
"Of all the Gosford cast, only Dame Maggie Smith was cast in Downton Abbey," he said. "I thought there was kind of, for want of a better term, a creative embargo there. That Julian didn't want any overlap."
The star continued: "Journalists over the years have said to me, 'Are you going to be in Downton? Why aren't you in Downton?' I didn't feel like I could email Julian to say, 'Oy! Can you please write me a part?'
"He knows who everyone is. He was an actor. I would imagine if I had done »
The 2014 Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we couldn't help but notice that there's not one, but two women nominated for playing our favorite kind of Oscar–nominated role: the brash, tough-talking older matriarch, a role we affectionately call "the Mema," after Michael "The Angry Ginger" Kittrell's grandmother from Reelz's reality series Hollywood Hillbillies. Of course, a "Mema" isn't nominated every year, but with Jane Squibb from Nebraska and Meryl Streep from August: Osage County both being nominated in a "Mema" role, we thought we'd share some of our favorites "Mema" nominations in advance of this weekend's telecast.
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- Ryan Gowland
The actor, who portrayed Rufio in Steven Spielberg's 1991 Peter Pan sequel, joined CineFix's Homemade Videos for the re-enactment.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m whipped into a cackling fugue state about the Oscars. I’m in love with the damn Oscars. In fact, I’m suspicious of people who don’t love the Oscars. And here we are with my favorite Oscar countdown to date: the 10 most fabulous Best Supporting Actress-winning performances. Keep in mind this isn’t the same thing as the 10 best Best Supporting Actress performances. I wrote that list years ago and declared Sandy Dennis, Patty Duke, Cloris Leachman, Meryl Streep, and Kim Hunter the supreme supporting ladies. My feelings have not changed. But it’s time to honor the fabulous performances, the supporting actresses who bring whizzbang, panache, sexual superiority, and fun to an occasionally dour category. Here are the 10 most fab winners of my favorite Oscar.
10. Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor
Is Prizzi’s Honor essential viewing? No. But Anjelica Huston’s thick, »
- Louis Virtel
This mock Oscars PSA is a guide to how to gracefully accept your statue. It offers sage advice from the likes of Maggie Smith, Sir Ian McKellen, and Charlie Sheen. Impressionist Piotr Michael has these people down pat. If you close your eyes you’ll believe it’s really them.
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- Ed Kennedy
Watch All the Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes in Under Three Minutes These beautiful people won a little gold man for their little gold men. By Matt Toder Some great actors really put everything into a role, while others take it all off. Check out this sexy supercut of 22 actors and actresses who bared their bodies in Oscar-winning movies – from Charlize Theron's steamy turn as a serial killer in Monster to Geoffrey Rush's ultra-sensual trampoline moves from Shine. There are boobs and butts galore, so make sure you're somewhere will people will appreciate your, um, love of cinematic history before pressing play. Find full list of unclothed honorees below. Can you match them up to the clips in the movie? Kevin Spacey, American Beauty Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets Maggie Smith, California Suite Cuba Gooding, Jr, Jerry Maguire Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard Charlize Theron, Monster [...] »
- Matt Toder
Dame Maggie Smith has no plans to leave 'Downton Abbey'. The 79-year-old actress - who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley - is still enjoying her role as the Crawley family matriarch and will remain part of the period drama for the foreseeable future. Executive producer Gareth Neame said: ''Maggie Smith will be in the show as long as she wants to do it. She'll be back this coming season. She's a huge part of the show, and I think she enjoys doing it. ''I think it's remarkable for someone who's had such a long and illustrious career to be still »
Gareth Neame dismissed rumours that the veteran actress will soon quit the ITV period drama in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"Maggie Smith will be in the show as long as she wants to do it," Neame said. "She'll be back this coming [fifth] season.
"She's a huge part of the show, and I think she enjoys doing it."
Neame went on to describe 79-year-old Smith as the "muse" of Downton creator Julian Fellowes, calling the pair a "remarkable combination".
"I think it's remarkable for someone who's had such a long and illustrious career [as Maggie] to be still delivering work of this calibre," he added.
Neame also recently spoke about the potential for further series, »
Dame Maggie Smith turned in another solid season as our dearest Dowager Countess Lady Violet on Downton Abbey's season 4! The strong female characters of the PBS show are multifaceted and flawed, and we see a little of ourselves in each of them. But the strongest and most outspoken of the bunch is clearly Lady Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played to perfection by Maggie. And while she's a bit rough around the edges (and her advice is far from politically correct, by today's standards), she says it how it is and doesn't let her age or gender prevent her from getting things done. So as we wait for another season, check out the best quotes from Lady Violet to learn a lesson in brazenness from the matriarch of Downton Abbey. Source: PBS View Slideshow › »
- Tara Block
Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 8
Directed by Jon East
Written by Julian Fellowes
Aired Sunday at 9 pm on PBS
Downton Abbey concludes yet another season of ups and downs with a pretty even-keeled finale. Like the end of Season 3, the events of this special happen mostly away from the titular residence, but this time, Scotland is exchanged for London and ballrooms and Jazz clubs take the place of horseback rides and hunts. And this time, everybody can just relax and enjoy the show. There’s nothing to fear for fans who have become accustomed to the risks of loving the show’s characters. Julian Fellowes has allowed the festivities to proceed without interruption from sudden deaths or acts of violence.
The reason for the move to London is Rose’s coming out ceremony, where she will be presented to the King and Queen and thereafter be considered an eligible young woman »
We have six days ’til the Oscars, and that means we have six more days to celebrate one of the most intimidating, established rosters of Best Actress nominees in years. Together the ladies on this list have been nominated 38 times. That’s a serious nomination number, guys. We’re getting into an Alison Krauss/Grammys situation now. Man. Let’s get Judi Dench a fiddle.
The poll question is simple: What are your favorite movies starring this year’s Best Actress nominees? I’ve selected my responses below. Fight for your own (and mine, if you can get around to it).
Winner: Blue Jasmine
Tough one. Elizabeth leaves a lasting impression, and re-watching it recently, I was surprised to find how much Blanchett reminded me of her fellow Australian Judy Davis. Even though she looks like an austere hybrid of Gwyneth Paltrow and a California Suite-era Maggie Smith, »
- Louis Virtel
Downton Abbey’s penultimate season 4 episode centered around a church bazaar held on the estate grounds, while relationship drama seemed to unfold everywhere.
'Downton Abbey Recap
Following Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Blake’s (Julian Ovenden) rescue of the estate’s pigs, the Crawley’s determine that Tim Drewe (Andrew Scarborough) will take up caring for their livestock. When the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) suggests that Blake would think it silly that they were hiring Drewe based on his family’s history of working their land, Mary takes to Blake’s defense. By the time she watches Blake lift up a crying George, she appears to be fully smitten. The Countess is not impressed.
Later on, when Anna (Joanne Froggatt) learns that Gillingham (Tom Cullen) will be returning to Downton with Green (Nigel Harman) in tow, she tells Mary about how the valet had raped her. When Mary urges Anna »
Netflix Streaming can be overwhelming — so many options, yet so hard to actually weed through — and we here at Vulture have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming video roundups. Now that Valentine's Day is upon us, it seemed appropriate to weed through the love-tinged movies currently available to stream on Netflix and point out some can't miss titles. Read on:A Room With a View: Let's start with the proper nouns: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham-Carter (though you'll barely recognize her, she's so young), Merchant-Ivory, Italy. Is that not enough? Okay: There's a non-sex scene in a field that is hotter than basically anything you can find on HBO. It is the definition of swoon. Punch-Drunk Love: "Many people hate it," writes Vulture critic David Edelstein about this Paul Thomas Anderson movie in our recent list of 25 great »
- Gilbert Cruz,Amanda Dobbins
Downton Abbey is bulking up for season five. Richard E. Grant has joined the new season of the British drama, along with Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Rade Sherbedgia (24). Returning to Downton Abbey are Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan, who both reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively. Grant will portray Simon Bricker, who visits the Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams. Chancellor has been cast in a guest-starring capacity, playing Lady Anstruther, while Sherbedgia will play a Russian refugee. They join an already large ensemble cast made up of Maggie Smith,
- Philiana Ng
While the Olympians continue to dominate the TV spotlight in Sochi, another gathering of championship talent takes a bow in the weekend's other gold-medal event: PBS's Great Performances presentation of National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Friday, 9/8c, check tvguide.com listings).
Laurence Olivier led the National Theatre upon its founding in 1963, and he and other luminaries are seen in vintage clips from past productions, interspersed throughout a dazzling evening of live re-enactments and tantalizing excerpts from landmark plays, including Angels in America, Stuff Happens, The History Boys and War Horse. Fans of Downton Abbey will delight to see the Dowager Countess Maggie Smith in her 1964 prime, vamping in ...
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- Matt Roush
Once Upon a Time has cast a Glinda for its Wizard of Oz story arc. TVLine reports that Sunny Mabrey has been picked to play the Good Witch.
Lifetime has announced that Drop Dead Diva will end with the upcoming sixth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. I just hope another show quickly steps in to fill the upcoming Brooke Elliott shortage on TV.
EW reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set to appear on Shameless as Fiona‘s new boss. Judging from Morgan’s roles on Weeds, Supernatural and Watchmen, I’m already starting a deathwatch for his character.
- Lyle Masaki
The cast of the sequel directed by John Madden comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young, including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey.
Though Gere has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that he will shoot for a film in the country.
"Richard is coming here on Thursday," said a member of the film's. »
- Anita Agarwal
The very classy crew of the British flim The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is currently shooting very quietly in Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. The cast of this sequel directed by John Madden, comprises a distinguished bouquet of British and Indian troupers both old and young including Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Tina Desae and Lilette Dubey. The new addition to the original cast for the sequel is Richard Gere. Though he has visited India several times as a goodwill ambassador for AIDS campaigns and for his Buddhist activities, this is the first time that Gere is shooting for a film in India. "Richard is coming here on Thursday," a member of the film's unit says from Udaipur. "He is very excited about shooting in India, and so are we. He has specially asked to be accommodated in a hotel close to the shooting which need not be super-luxurious. »
- Subhash K. Jha
“Winter’s Tale” marks the first time in eight years, since 2006′s “Superman Returns,” that legendary screen actress Eva Marie Saint has appeared in a movie. What took her so long? “I don’t know,” Marie Saint, 89, said on Tuesday night at the premiere of her new film. “As you get older, there aren’t that many roles.”
“It’s not England,” she continued, “where a Maggie Smith or Judi Dench go for parts. We have a different attitude about older actresses. Because I’m still healthy, I don’t want to play a person who is in bed dying. I choose not to.”
The red carpet premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater included appearances by the Warner Bros. movie’s stars Colin Farrell, William Hurt and Matt Bomer, along director Akiva Goldsman. Ron Howard also attended the film and after-party at Metropolitan Club.
This “Winter’s Tale” is »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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