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Can Kate Winslet win Emmy for Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning role in 'Mildred Pierce'?

September 15, 2010 | 11:43 am

Kate Winslet has not been seen on screen since "The Reader" was booked into theaters early last year. After winning the Oscar for that performance, she surprised everyone when she chose as her next project a TV remake of the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce," which won Joan Crawford her only Academy Award.

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The meaty title role in "Mildred Pierce" is a single mother who struggles to provide for her two daughters during the Depression. Taking on a job as a waitress, she infuriates her older daughter, Veda, who has grandiose social ambitions. After younger daughter Kay dies of pneumonia, Mildred pours all her love into the ungrateful Veda. The mother is even willing to take a murder rap for the daughter, who offs her stepfather in a dramatic shootout.

Todd Haynes ("I'm Not There") adapted James M. Cain's bestselling 1941 novel and directed the HBO miniseries, which will air over five nights next spring. Haynes was a 2002 Oscar nominee for his script of "Far From Heaven," an homage to the lush 1950s movie romances of director Douglas Sirk; he lost to Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her."

The 1945 "Mildred Pierce" contended for six Oscars, including best picture, which went to "The Lost Weekend." Crawford earned the first of her eventual three Oscar nominations; "Possessed" (1947) and "Sudden Fear" (1952) were the others. The actress feigned illness on Oscar night and, after skipping the ceremony, she received the press at home, where she accepted the award in bed, capping off one of the great screen comebacks.

In 1945, it looked like Crawford's career was all washed up. She had left MGM after 18 years and was desperately hustling up roles at Warner Bros. when she discovered "Mildred Pierce," a role rejected by Bette Davis. Director Michael Curtiz didn't want Crawford on board, dismissing her as a has-been, but he finally bowed to studio pressure after she agreed to take a screen test. In December, award watchers were stunned when Crawford was voted best actress by the National Board of Review. Variety called it an "eye-opening selection," which certainly opened Crawford's eyes. Promptly, she hired a veteran PR man to manage her Oscar campaign and was off to win her overdue chunk of academy gold, beating the three previous champs in the race -- Greer Garson, Jennifer Jones and Ingrid Bergman -- as well as Gene Tierney.

From the looks of the trailer below, Winslet delivers another of her knockout performances. HBO has so dominated the Emmy movie and miniseries races as of late that the broadcast networks want to bounce it from the kudocast. Regardless of where it ends up next year, look for Winslet to be as strong a contender as Crawford.

Photo:"Mildred Pierce" poster. Credit: Warner Bros.

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Titanic' to sail in 3-D | 'The Pacific' to sail for free

March 15, 2010 |  4:32 pm

TitanicJames Cameron sat down with Ed Baig to talk about all aspects of making and marketing 3-D movies. Their lively conversation including a tantalizing tidbit about "Titanic," which swept the 1997 Oscars winning 11 Academy Awards, including three for Cameron: "We're targeting spring of 2012 for the release (of a 3-D version of 'Titanic'), which is the 100-year anniversary of the sailing of the ship." And says Cameron,"It's never going to be as good as if you shot it in 3-D, but think of it as sort of 2.8-D." USA TODAY

• Sad news Monday for "Titanic" star Kate Winslet with the announcement that she and her husband of seven years, director Sam Mendes ("American Beauty"), have separated. The pair of Oscar winners said in a statement that, "they are saddened to announce they separated earlier this year. The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children."

• The SAG Awards are set for Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Nominations for the 17th annual edition of these kuods from the actors' union will be announced on Dec. 16.

• Three-time Emmy champ Valerie Harper ("Rhoda") -- who sits on the SAG board of directors -- could contend for her first Tony Award for her performance as theater grand dame Tallulah Bankhead in the new Matthew Lombardo play "Looped." Karen Wada waded through the reviews following Sunday's opening and discovered many of the critics "seemed to be high on Harper, while expressing a variety of opinions about the play." CULTURE MONSTER

The Pacific HBO • HBO is streaming the first episode of the mega-expensive mini-series "The Pacific" online for free. The 10-part WWII drama, from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, is a companion piece to their Emmy-winning "Band of Brothers." That 2001 mini-series focused on the war in Europe. "The Pacific" received a rating of 86 at Meta Critc based on 31 reviews. While there were a handful of pans, most reviews for the ambitious project were respectful if not raves. HBO

• Last year, Emmy Awards producer Don Mischer proposed time-shifting eight of the 28 awards, including best mini-series, so only the acceptance speeches would air on the kudocast. That plan was soon scuttled and Mischer is returning to produce the Emmy Awards for a 10th time. The TV academy in conjunction with NBC made the announcement Monday. Said academy president John Shaffner, "Don produced a Primetime Emmy telecast last year that hit it out of the park. We know he can creatively build on that accomplishment. We are very fortunate to be able to work with him again this year." ATAS

• "True Blood" is to begin its third season on HBO on Sunday, June 13. The vampire drama, starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin, has gone from critics darling -- winning both the new program award from the TCA and a Golden Globe for Paquin in the first season -- to a major hit for the paycaster drawing upwards of 12 million per week during the second season last year.

• HBO might be getting one more season out of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" according to creator and star Larry David. At Saturday's PaleyFest, he told Kate Stanhope "I'm leaning toward it, so I would say there's a good chance. It is not definite yet, but we're working on it." The five-time Emmy contender for comedy series drew its best ratings for season seven which used a reunion of "Seinfeld" as a plot device for David to repair his TV marriage. TV GUIDE

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Top photo: "Titanic" poster. Credit: Fox

Bottom photo: "The Pacific" poster. Credit: HBO

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Oscars have always welcomed the world

March 10, 2010 | 10:19 am

This year's Oscars numbered only one foreign-born winner -- Austria's Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious Basterds") -- among the four acting champs. However, that does not mean the Oscars are guilty of any homegrown bias. After all, six of the 20 acting nominees were from other countries, including "Nine" supporting actress contender Penelope Cruz, who is from Spain. She won that same category last year for her performance in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Indeed, at last year's Oscars, Cruz was one of just three foreign-born folk among the acting nominees but they all won, including lead actress Kate Winslet ("The Reader") and supporting actor Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight"). Winslet was the latest of 37 English actors to win Oscars, Ledger was the sixth champ from Down Under and Cruz was the second winner in a row for Spain.

Two years ago, all four acting winners came from foreign shores: Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood") and Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") from England, Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose") -- who made Oscars history by giving the first French-language performance to be so honored -- from France, and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men"), who was the first Spanish performer to win an Oscar.

That marked the second time in Oscars history that all four acting champs hailed from outside the United States. The first was back in 1964 when the winners were three Brits -- Rex Harrison ("My Fair Lady"), Julie Andrews ("Mary Poppins"), and Peter Ustinov ("Topkapi") -- and Russian born Lila Kedrova ("Zorba the Greek").

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The Oscars rolled out the welcome mat at the very first ceremony in 1929 when Swiss-born Emil Jannings won lead actor for his performances in "The Last Command" and "The Way of All Flesh." And three of the first four lead actresses came from Canada -- Mary Pickford ("Coquette"), Norma Shearer ("The Divorcee"), and Marie Dressler ("Min and Bill").

One of our most prolific forum posters, the aptly named Academy Awards Guru, has compiled a list of the nationalities of all 273 Oscar winners for acting. During the course of 82 ceremonies, they have won 314 Oscars (there has been one tie in each of lead actor and lead actress). Of these, 81 winners came from outside the U.S. to take home 91 Oscars. While 22 other countries have produced Oscar winners, it is not surprising that England leads with 37 of her citizens winning 43 Oscars.

Over the last 82 years at the Oscars, lead actor has gone to a non-American 24 times and lead actress 26 times while in the 73-year history of the supporting awards, non-Americans won supporting actor 22 times and supporting actress 19 times.

In the following list, the Oscar-winning performers are listed under the country with which they are most associated and their birthplace is given when it differs. In addition, those actors who were born elsewhere but raised primarily in the U.S. are not included, such as Elizabeth Taylor, born in England, Claudette Colbert in France, sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia DeHavilland in Japan, Anthony Quinn in Mexico, and Paul Muni in the Ukraine.

Australia
Cate Blanchett
Russell Crowe (born in New Zealand; family emigrated when he was 4)
Peter Finch (born in England; family returned to Australia when he was 7)
Nicole Kidman (born in the U.S.; family returned to Australia when she was 4)
Heath Ledger
Geoffrey Rush

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Kate Winslet taking on Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning role in 'Mildred Pierce'

February 12, 2010 |  1:08 pm

A year after finally taking home the Oscar for "The Reader," Kate Winslet is ready to go back to work. The Hollywood Reporter says Winslet will be starring in a five-hour TV remake of the 1945 film "Mildred Pierce," which won Joan Crawford her only Academy Award. We can only imagine what that grande dame of old Hollywood would think of all this.

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Todd Haynes ("I'm Not There") is adapting James M. Cain's bestselling 1941 novel and will direct the HBO miniseries. Haynes was a 2002 Oscar nominee for his script of "Far From Heaven," a homage to the lush 1950s movie romances of director Douglas Sirk; he lost to Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her."

The 1945 "Mildred Pierce" contended for six Oscars, including best picture, which went to "The Lost Weekend." Crawford earned the first of her eventual three Oscar nominations --  "Possessed" (1947) and "Sudden Fear" (1952) were the others. The actress feigned illness on Oscar night and, after skipping the ceremony, she received the press at home, where she accepted the Oscar in bed.

The meaty title role in "Mildred Pierce" is a single mother who struggles to provide for her two daughters during the Depression. Taking on a job as a waitress, she infuriates her older daughter, Veda, who has grandiose social ambitions. After younger daughter Kay dies of pneumonia, Mildred pours all her love into the ungrateful Veda. The mother is even willing to take a murder rap for the daughter, who offs her stepfather in a dramatic shootout.

If Winslet thinks she can score another award, an Emmy, by assuming this role, she may be doubly mistaken. For starters, "Mildred Pierce" looks like high-camp soap opera when viewed from the cynical perspective of the 21st century. How can that mix be adapted for modern audiences? Second, it may not really be award-winning material. It's widely known among Oscarologists that Crawford didn't really win her Golden Boy for the brilliance of her diva strutting in "Mildred Pierce." She won it for the brilliance of her full-throttle strong-arm campaign, one of the first major tub-thumping blitzkriegs in Oscar history.

In 1945, it looked like Crawford's career was all washed up. She had left MGM after 18 years and was desperately hustling up roles at Warner Bros. when she discovered "Mildred Pierce," a role rejected by Bette Davis. Director Michael Curtiz didn't want Crawford on board, dismissing her as a has-been, but he finally bowed to studio pressure after she agreed to take a screen test.

In December, award watchers were stunned when Crawford was voted best actress by the National Board of Review. Variety called it an "eye-opening selection," which certainly opened Crawford's eyes. Promptly, she hired a veteran PR man to manage her Oscar campaign and was off to win her overdue chunk of Academy gold, beating the three previous champs in the race -- Greer Garson, Jennifer Jones and Ingrid Bergman -- as well as Gene Tierney.

Photo: "Mildred Pierce" poster. Credit: Warner Bros.

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