Just kidding! Julie is dressed like a big star and at 71, looks like time started standing still right around “Victor/Victoria” about 25 years ago. Her “Mary Poppins” co-star Dick Van Dyke is here to take part in the presentation of a lifetime achievement award for Julie as is Anne Hathaway, with whom she appeared in the two “Princess Diairies” flicks.
Says Hathaway: “She’s not only a dear friend and colleague…she was also a patient, generous and wise mentor, and I might add, a helluva lot of fun.” Julie blows her a kiss from her seat and the audience stands up and goes into a standing ovation that threatens to go on a long time.
Hathaway, showing all the pluck of her character in “The Devil Wears Prada” says: “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for honoring Julie Andrews, but there IS more.”
Now they are showing all the clips of Julie singing in “Camelot” and “My Fair Lady.” She got robbed of those movie roles after nailing them on Broadway.
Now “Poppins” clips are on. Think about it. Was Mary Poppins really such a good nanny? She had those kids do some dodgy things. But whatever. Now “The Sound of Music” clips are on and “The Hiiilllls are aliiiive” and I feel sad that she can’t sing like that anymore after that botched throat operation.
I didn’t know she was an advocate for the UN. She really is a saint! And she is a Dame! Queen Elizabeth II gave her that honor. I think it’s kind of like being a Knight?
Now out comes the ageless Dick Van Dyke. Cool!
“I never got over being toingue tied…thaqt beauty and elegange was always a little daunting to me.” “They didn’t break any mold with Julie, there was no mold. She is the one and only.”
Now Julie is taking the stage to the “Hills Are Alive” music and everyone is standing again. I have a lump in my throat. Gulp.
Julie says: “I am so grateful to be part of a guld that reaches out and goes one step beyond its tremendous responsiblities.” my career has just been filled with good fortune. amazing mentors…and what about those delicious leading men? (Paul Newman, Omar Sharif, Rock Hudson etc). Pays tribute to hubby Blake Edwards.
“I have so much joy in my work…and you, ladies and gentlemen have just given me an evening that I will cherish all my life.”
What a lady!
Eddie is REALLY the Oscar front-runner now.
He took the stage and said: “What a tremendous honors to be regonzied for ones peers. I’ve been acting for 25 years now,” he said in a faux British accent. Then he started laughing. Eddie said when the Brits (like Mirren and Jeremy Irons) accept their trophies, “they are so smooth. I feel goofy up here. Thank you Bill Condon for directing and putting me in your wonderful movie.”
Jeremy Irons and Helen Mirren held forth backstage on the differences between British actors and Americans, that being the Brits’ solid background in stage work and American actors’ gifts for playing to the camera, and the often confusing distinctions between lead and supporting roles. Can I get college credit for this?
Mirren does sound more than a tad bitter, though, about the fact that all the awards recognition for “The Queen” has come from this side of the pond, not her home turf. Is the wrath of the real Elizabeth that frightening that BAFTA fears retribution for supporting a film that does not entirely flatter the queen?
Seems she would prefer to win “the mother of all film awards,” the Oscar, than accept an invitation to tea at Buckingham Palace anyway.
Who cares about the winner? The presenters are MTM, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Gavin Mcleod, Betty White and Gorgia Engel. Wow! Mary said, “The gang’s all here!” They got a prolonged and heartfelt standing ovation. I love Mary. I could cry.
Steve Carell said as he got the trophy from Mary:”This is quite an honor having these people present this to us. I was craining my neck,’Oh my God! Oh there she is!’”
“It’s truly a great honor and we will treasure this.”
Alec Baldwin won for “30 Rock” as he did a few weeks ago at the Globe. He said: “This is a real honor. I’m really proud to be a member of this union.”
America Ferrera, who won for “Ugly Betty,” was far more composed than at the Globes when she cried a lot. This time she said to the star-studded audience: “I look out and see faces that have moved me and inspired me my entire life.”
“Ugly Betty” star America Ferrara is getting the statues to go with all the critical kudos and ratings. She was every bit as classy in her acceptance speech as Betty is unpolished. “We share a common knowledge of struggle and rejection and success,” she said of her fellow SAG members. Sweet and on point.
Can’t believe Jeremy Irons claims he feels like “a plumber” whenever he arrives on a set. Even though he blew his opening joke (and will never be cast as a New Yorker because of his accent skills), he can show the room a thing or two about genuine race in an acceptance speech.
If you’re keeping score, that’s Brits 2, USA 0.
Mirren has just scored her first award of the night for HBO’s “Elizabeth I.” And she’s the odds-on favorite for her performance as Elizabeth II in the feature “The Queen.” If (or when) she wins her second award of the night, it’ll be the first dual win for playing British monarchs named Elizabeth. It’s the kind of record baseball statisticians just love.
The show has started and the audio is not working. We’re left to read lips. Aaaaggghhhh…
She’s gonna need a new room in her house just for her trophies won this year alone. She has won for “Elizabeth I.” Said tis means more to her than any other coming from actors (pul-eeze, the Oscar won’t b e chopped liver!). She looks stunning tonight, totaql babe, especially for a 61 year old woman. Poor Annette Benning, so good in “Mrs. Harris,” loses to Mirren. First category also featured nominee Shirley Jones who was among those who opened the telling early actor stories. She has had her SAG card for 53 years! Cloris Leachman, 80, was also nominated in a stellar category. Both Jones and Leachman may have lost, but they have Oscars on their shelves at home to make cheer them up!