“Suffragette” hasn’t been a major player in the 2016 awards season (fairly, it hasn’t played there at all with the exception of Carey Mulligan’s Critics Choice nomination). At least, the Women Film Critics Circle has been kind to Sarah Gavron’s film, naming it Best Movie about Women, Best Movie by a Woman, Best Actress, Best Ensemble (that’s one for Meryl), Best Female Images in a Movie, Courage in Filmmaking for Sarah Gavron, and their special Karen Morley Award for best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity.
Yesterday, Meryl Streep was among the celebrities to attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 7th Annual Governors Awards. Streep and Jane introduced the segment saluting Debbie Reynolds, with 25-plus charities benefitting from her philanthropy. The presented made particular note of the Thalians, which Reynolds has been spearheading in its work on mental health issues since the 1950s. They also pointed out her decades-long work at preserving Hollywood heritage, including her rescue of 3,500 movie costumes. Reynolds was unable to accept her Hersholt Humanitarian Award in person, so her granddaughter Billie Lourd made a brief and charming acceptance speech in her place. And an audio was played of Reynolds, sounding deeply moved in thanking the Academy board of governors for the honor. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery, alongside pictures from the “Song of Lahore” screening earlier this month, which I have added, but forgot to mention :-)
Meryl Streep has received a nomination as Favorite Movie Actress at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. She shares the category with Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson. This is Meryl’s 37th – yes, that’s right – nomination for the People’s Choice Award and has received ten awards, including a clean streak of winning Favorite Motion Picture Actress each year between 1984 and 1990, which is also the last time she has attended the ceremony. For a trip down the memory lane, have a look at her appearences in 1986 and 1990. The 2016 People’s Choice Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on CBS.
It may have been called the British Academy Britannia Awards, but Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the show had a very American accent for its top awards which went to yanks Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford and Amy Schumer. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the photo gallery with more information on the show and Meryl’s speech below the previews.
The show opened with the presentation of the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film to Meryl Streep. Perhaps aware she is currently playing a major historical British feminist in her Suffragette cameo Streep wasted no time in wryly noting the divide in the gender of past winners. “I am honored to receive this award given to a distinguished group of men and women…. Oh wait, men and men,” she said of the honor and irony of being the first woman to receive it. There was much made of the fact she has received many, many awards including this one, “the first she has gotten in five or six hours” as someone said. It is entirely appropiate as she has played many British roles and even won her third Oscar as one of the most famous Brits of all, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She also humbly acknowledged a long list of directors with whom she has worked. One of her most recent helmers, Stephen Frears presented the award for which Streep thanked the British Government for giving her ten work permits to make ten movies. “I started my career 40 years ago and if Stephen Frears does a good job with our new movie, it will not have ended,” she joked.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s fall benefit will be in celebration of Tony and Emmy winner Christine Baranski. The November 2 event will attract a host of friends and colleagues including “Into the Woods” co-star Meryl Streep, Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming and Nathan Lane. The evening will also feature appearances by Walter Bobbie, Cherry Jones, Rob Marshall, Paul Rudnick, Max von Essen and more. The benefit will take place at 583 Park Ave. Baranski, who is most recently known for playing Diane Lockhart on “The Good Wife, made her Broadway debut in the Tom Stoppard hit The Real Thing, is a longtime MTC collaborator and board member. All proceeds from the benefit will benefit MTC. For more information on the organization’s slate of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, visit their official website. Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.
Last night, Meryl Streep has attended the 22nd Annual Elle’s Women in Hollywood Awards to honor her “Suffragette” co-star Carey Mulligan. Pictures have been added to the photo gallery with additional information and quotes below.
“This is so wonderful, this whole gathering of women,” declared Meryl Streep to the female supporters seated inside the Four Seasons Beverly Hills for Elle Magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood awards on Monday night. “But I mean, you really have to admit,” the beloved actress continued, “That if they had this great big meeting once a year, and they called it ‘Men in Hollywood,’ and they had like, 17% women there – who felt besieged and awkward – and they gave a lot of awards to the men of Hollywood, we would be pissed! Oh wait,” Streep continued, summoning a premature roar of applause. “They have those meetings… every day, in every city, in every country in the world!” Streep continued the sequence of laughs when she honored her friend Carey Mulligan (who she considers to be “a teeny bit of a mystery,” and who recently gave birth to a baby girl). “I saw her on stage in ‘The Seagull,’ and she played Nina, a true innocent – an actual virgin – which is hard to play,” Streep attested to the crowd. “We’ve all tried!”
Streep then praised her costar’s work in “Suffragette,” noting, “This beauty, the beauty of her conversion, the quality of her listening, is just visceral, and it’s a function of her own thinking, accessing, feeling mind, that we witness this. I’m in awe of your talent, I really am,” Streep said. “I’m also in awe of your voice! Mine is gone, you know, but yours is like warm caramel poured over the English language!” Mulligan expressed her gratitude to Streep – who also assisted during their press tour. “It’s really helpful when you have Meryl Streep backstage at events, shouting at people on your behalf, telling them to shut the hell up, because you’ve got a nursing mother here!” she said. For Mulligan, “Suffragette” also prompted a thought. “A woman threw herself in front of the king’s horse in 1913 and changed the course of history, and no one, in 100 years, felt this was a story worthy of the big screen,” she said. “Which made me think, if this monumental moment can go undocumented, imagine how many millions of women’s stories there are for us to tell?”
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will salute Meryl Streep, Sam Mendes and James Corden with Britannia Awards at its October 30 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Additional honorees will be announced soon. Streep is the recipient of this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, which the org said “is presented to a unique individual, upon whose work is stamped the indelible mark of authorship and commitment, and who has lifted the craft to new heights.” Prior recipients include Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. The Britannia Awards are BAFTA Los Angeles’ highest accolade. The honors are presented annually at a gala dinner. Proceeds support BAFTA Los Angeles’ ongoing education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.
Meryl Streep may have three Oscars and dozens of Golden Globes on her shelf, but one award has been missing so far (no, not the Tony, the other one). This Sunday, Meryl won the MTV Movie Award as Best Villain for “Into the Woods”. This has been her second nomination in the same category after a first nod in 2007 for “The Devil Wears Prada”. Since Meryl didn’t attend the ceremony, there’s nothing more to report from the ceremony. In other news, actress Nina Arianda has joined the cast of “Florence Foster Jenkins”. Arianda will play Agnes Stark, “a sexy showgirl trying to work her way into the social stratosphere with the help of her husband. When she first hears Florence’s singing, she cannot help but laugh, but eventually she becomes one of her biggest supporters.”