Moreno stunned by award
She’s won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards, but Rita Moreno had to pull the car over when the call came that she would receive the SAG Life Achievement Award.
“It was stunning news,” Moreno said, “the last thing in the world I would have ever expected.”
Moreno will receive the award at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to be presented Saturday at the Shrine Exposition Center and airing live at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.
The 82-year-old actress has a movie career that dates back to 1950. Early on in Hollywood, she landed an MGM contract, but didn’t register her first career triumph until the film adaptation of the stage musical “The King & I.”
Just deserts for Mirren
Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she’s thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
“How very saucy of the Hasty Pudding organization to offer me their award,” Mirren said in a statement issued with Friday’s announcement of her award. “As someone who adores pudding in all its manifestations ... suet, Christmas, treacle, bread and butter, Yorkshire, plum, figgy, etc., etc., I am so looking forward to the famous Hasty Pudding.”
Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe, dating to the late 18th century. Its awards are presented annually to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment.
Mirren, 68, won the 2007 best actress Oscar for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen” and has been nominated on three other occasions. She has also appeared in “The Long Good Friday,” “Gosford Park” and “The Madness of King George.” She was also named Dame of the British Empire in 2003.
Oprah, Emma feel honored
Oprah Winfrey says she’s “already won.” And Emma Thompson says she’s at least relieved not to have to put on “another frock and heels.”
Both actresses, snubbed by Oscar this year, are waxing philosophical about the situation, and looking at the bright side.
“Don’t be annoyed,” Winfrey, overlooked in the supporting actress category for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” said of her reaction.
“... I really look at that category and look who is nominated in that category: my friend Julia (Roberts) and June (Squibb), whom I don’t know, but Sally Hawkins and Jennifer (Lawrence) and Lupita (Nyong’o). I think that’s fantastic. And so I haven’t picked up the acting chops in 15 years. So to be able to be a part of a film that could get that kind of attention, that could earn the kind of audience respect that it has, I’ve been saying all along, ‘I’ve already won. I already won.’ ”
As for Thompson, passed over for best actress in “Saving Mr. Banks,” she noted: “You just go ‘Oh!’ – and then you (say) ‘Ooh, that means I can work in March instead of getting into another frock and heels.’ ”
Both actresses spoke at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif.