Accepting her third Academy Award for acting, MERYL STREEP wowed last night’s Oscar crowd with self-deprecating humor and easy charm as she acknowledged that there were probably a lot of people not happy with her win. STREEP’S portrayal of Brit Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in IRON LADY was considered by most to be a tour-de-force and had her running neck-and-neck with VIOLA DAVIS of THE HELP for Hollywood’s top honor. We spoke with the actress recently about her work in the film and she talked about stepping into the role. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Winning the Academy Award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role, OCTAVIA SPENCER received a standing ovation at the announcement of her name. THE HELP star admitted to ‘freaking out’ before coming backstage to address the press. During our recent interview with SPENSER, she talked about being involved with this project even before the celebrated novel the film was based on hit the stands. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Is it just me or was Jessica Chastain in every other movie that was released this year? In 2011, the once unknown actress graced us with The Tree of Life, The Debt, Take Shelter, The Help, Texas Killing Fields, and Coriolanus! To put the proverbial icing on the cake, Chastain received a Golden Globes and Critics Choice Award nod for her work in The Help.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chastain as she promoted The Tree of Life and, later in the year, The Debt. My favorite story from the two interviews came from Chastain’s recollection of almost introducing herself to Robin Williams. Thanks to the Oscar winning actor, Chastain’s Julliard School education was funded by Williams.
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Chastain will be seen in 2012 with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in director John Hillcoat’s (The Road, The Proposition) latest drama, Wettest County.
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