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Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM
Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.
Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?
And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?
Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.
Originally posted 11/22/2011 03:40PM
Colin Firth is sexy, dashing, Academy award-winning … and available?
Firth, 51, is teaming with Oxfam America, a charity dedicated to ending poverty, to raise funds by auctioning himself. The winning bidder and a friend will meet the King's Speech star at the Dec. 6 premiere of his movie Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and be chauffeured to a Chateau Marmont after party.
Note to the winner: don't worry if you geek out meeting the Brit face-to-face. Firth has experienced some awestruck moments of his own meeting his idols.
"Ever so often, I will meet someone who I greatly admire and get truly dumbstruck," Firth tells PEOPLE. "I'm a big fan of the people in the world of music and literature. If I'm a big fan of somebody, I prefer to keep at a safe distance because I don't know what I will do."
To make a bid in the auction, which ends Wednesday, click here.
Originally posted 03/30/2011 10:45AM
It's official: Angelina Jolie has signed to star as Egypt's beloved Queen Cleopatra. So, the question is: Who will be her Marc Antony?
Keep in mind that unlike the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor version, the forthcoming Scott Rudin production will focus less on Cleopatra's seductive powers in the bedroom and more on her shrewd appetite for business and politics.
So who should fill Marc Antony's gladiator sandals? We've got a few good men in mind.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 11:40PM
The Oscars paid royal tribute to The King's Speech, honoring the drama about King George VI as Best Picture and shining gold upon its Best Actor Colin Firth, Director Tom Hooper and Screenplay writer David Seidler.
"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," Firth said on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre Sunday night, at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The British actor was so excited he admitted to "experiencing stirrings … in the abdominal region that are threatening to turn themselves into dance moves."
Natalie Portman, as the troubled dancer in Black Swan, was named Best Actress. "This is insane," she said in her speech. "I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you."
Originally posted 02/14/2011 06:55AM
There was no hesitation when it came to The King's Speech at Sunday night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards – the BAFTAs.
The popular drama about King George VI's seemingly insurmountable stammer swept the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, with seven awards.
These included those for Best Picture, Actor Colin Firth, Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush, Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Original Screenplay writer David Seidler.
For Firth, it was a back-to-back victory. He also won last year for A Single Man, about a gay man mourning his late lover. "I like coming here," the Oscar frontrunner told the Bafta crowd, eliciting a laugh. He also paid tribute to his beautiful Italian wife Livia Guiggioli, saying, "I would like to thank Livia and the whole family for remaining so steady, whether they are dealing with a dancing queen or a sometime king."
Originally posted 02/08/2011 10:15AM
Colin Firth has learned one major consequence of being an Oscar front-runner – that talking about how you're feeling becomes a full-time job.
"One does get asked quite regularly how one feels, and of course it does change throughout the day. I feel obliged to take my temperature or something," the actor, 50, joked Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees in Beverly Hills.
If only he could clone himself, that might help.
Originally posted 02/07/2011 03:55PM
On top of all its Oscar nominations, The King's Speech now has the Queen's seal of approval.
Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a private screening of The King's Speech and was "moved" by the film, according to its producers, the Weinstein Company.
The film tells the emotional story of Her Majesty's father, King George VI, as he struggles to overcome his debilitating stutter.
"Thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime because the memory of these events was still too painful," says screenwriter David Seidler in a statement.
Originally posted 01/30/2011 10:15PM
Black Swan's Natalie Portman and The King's Speech's Colin Firth, along with The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, might just as well clear their mantels.
They all took home Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, a reliable prognosticator of the Feb. 27 Oscars.
Among those she thanked, Portman singled out her parents, "who taught me to work the hardest and never to be an a--hole, that wasn't acceptable."
Originally posted 01/25/2011 12:40PM
Did Oscar host and 127 Hours Best Actor nominee James Franco get his feelings hurt – or does he just have a sense of humor?
On Tuesday morning, the actor spoke to the Today show after the Academy announced his nomination, but he used most of his airtime to rib NBC host Meredith Vieira about her practically already awarding the prize to King's Speech nominee Colin Firth.
"I guess you'll be polishing his statue, eh, Meredith?" joked Franco. A chagrined Vieira said she'd polish Franco's, as well, though she admitted, "I'm in the doghouse."
As for Firth, he sent word from London to describe how he was marking Tuesday's happy occasion, saying he's "currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."
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