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- April 16, 2001
- Vol. 55
- No. 15
Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Best Actor—and the evening's faux pas award for breach of protocol. To honor his deceased grandfather, World War II cinematographer Stan Wemyss, Crowe pinned Wemyss's Member of the Order of the British Empire medal—one of England's highest honors—on his Armani tuxedo jacket. But according to Clive Cheesman of the British College of Arms, Crowe, or anyone else who did not actually receive the honor, is technically not permitted to wear the MBE medal, which was given to We-myss for his film work in the Pacific, Singapore and Tripoli for the New Zealand National Film Unit. "It's not a criminal offense," says Cheesman, "but it's not appropriate."
Speaking of the Oscars, where was Erin Brockovich-Ellis? She had her dress picked out and hair and makeup appointments scheduled—but then her daughter Katie, 16, became seriously ill with a sinus infection at school in Oregon. Brockovich-Ellis made the 13-hour drive from her house north of L.A. to bring her daughter home (doctors wouldn't allow Katie to fly). They got back in time for the show, but Brockovich-Ellis opted to stay home with her daughter to watch it on TV. Katie is expected to make a full recovery.
Xena: Warrior Princess wrapped its sixth and final season on March 31 in Auckland, New Zealand. Just after the all-night shoot, the 75-person crew presented star Lucy Lawless and costar Renee O'Connor with gifts that were more than a year in the making. The crew bought a large piece of jade, which holds spiritual significance among the Maori, New Zealand's native people, and had an artist cut it into two pieces resembling the chakram, the weapon used by their characters on the show. Producers are mum about the two-part finale, airing in late May-June.
When Elton John heard Scottish actor Ewan McGregor sing his love ballad "Your Song" in the upcoming musical Moulin Rouge, which costars Nicole Kidman, John told the film's director, Baz Luhr-mann, "This guy's going to be a huge rock star." Well, John's prediction could come true. We hear that McGregor is negotiating a recording deal.
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