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.
On Wednesday, Tom Brokaw was honored for his continued contributions to the always-anticipated Mostly Mozart Festival each year at Lincoln Center. His introduction was given by Meryl Streep. “As a journalist, Tom has not only reported and delivered the news, but he has represented a certain kind of authority in our culture. Like a dad, he explains stuff to you without talking down to you. Or, when he was younger, a super smart, super straight-shooting, reliable friend. A narrator of our lives,” Ms. Streep said during her introduction. “Although he has received more awards, and more accolades, than anybody in his profession,” she later added in closing with a laugh, just before folding her speech papers into Mr. Brokaw’s breast pocket. “May I say, as someone with deep experience in this area, just one more isn’t going to kill you!” Pictures from the event have been added to the photo gallery, with many many thanks to my friend Claudia.
Theatre East and Yale Alumni Association of New York will present Elizabeth Parrish with the Laurette Taylor Award on Thursday, May 28th at Ramscale Studio South, 463 West Street, in the West Village Highline district, NYC. The benefit starts at 7pm with an exclusive cocktail reception, followed by dinner at 8pm. The award will be presented to Ms. Parrish by Kate Mulgrew. The ceremony will include tributes by alumna Meryl Streep and the Stella Adler Studio’s Artistic Director, Tom Oppenheim. Ms. Streep, who studied under Ms. Parrish at Yale, has publicly credited Ms. Parrish’s teachings in connection to her performance as the Witch in the recent film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods. The complete press release can be read here.
Meryl Streep led a chorus of stars honoring the Indian woman whose brutal rape and subsequent death has inspired a documentary so harrowing it has been banned by the Indian government. Streep spoke at the New York City premiere of India’s Daughter, a BBC program which tells the story of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student who was set upon by six rapists as she rode a bus in 2012. Singh was injured so badly after the repeated, violent rapes that she later died in hospital. Indian ministers secured a court order banning the documentary in India, for fear it could stoke public anger. Pictures from the screening have been added to the image library.
While this Oscar season has been quiet for Meryl (I guess there’s no big reason to make the rounds this year), she has attended the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party yesterday, where she was photographed with her “The Deer Hunter” co-star John Savage. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library.
On February 18, Meryl Streep has attended Diane von Furstenberg’s Pre-Oscar Brunch, alongside her “Homesman” co-star Hilary Swank. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library. Also added are some fantastic new stills an on-set pictures from “Silkwood”, with many thanks to the great Claudia for sending them in.
Good news today. Meryl Streep is among this year’s presenters at the Academy Awards. So even if Patricia Arquette, highly likely, will win Best Supporting Actress this year, we will see Meryl on stage, nevertheless. The Oscars take place on Sunday, February 22nd. Also, Meryl will be attending “An Evening of SerioussFun” on March 2nd, celebrating the legacy of Paul Newman. Here, she’s joined by George Clooney and Tom Hanks. To learn more about the event, visit their website. Many thanks to Glenn and Simona for the heads-up.