Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell wins her first Oscar for Best Screenplay
The actress, writer and director was also nominated for Best Director.The 35-year-old actress, writer and director - who played Nurse Patsy Mount in the beloved BBC period drama between 2013 and 2017 - became the first woman to win the award in 13 years. It was previously won by Diablo Cody for Juno.
Emerald Fennell knows she "can’t please everyone". © Bang Showbiz Emerald Fennell
The 35-year-old actress wrote and directed the comedy thriller film 'Promising Young Woman' - which stars Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Coolidge and Laverne Cox - and she's aware that her passion projects might not receive universal acclaim.
She reflected: "Just because you don’t like a film doesn’t make it bad or morally wrong.
"That’s the really interesting new part of this kind of dialogue. There are so many things you can make that people will kind of vaguely enjoy. But I just wanted to make the film that felt really true to me.
'Promising Young Woman' Director Emerald Fennell Talks Pop Songs, 'Killing Eve' And 'The Crown'
'Britney’s "Toxic" is as good as anything by The Beatles'‘When sexual assault happens, it’s not always the scary stranger,’ says Fennell. ‘It can be somebody you trust and, ultimately, it’s someone who doesn’t think they’re a bad person.
"You can’t please everyone. Of course not. And that’s been really cathartic for me to kind of not mind."
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Happy Birthday, Kurt!
Kurt Russell turned 70 on March 17, 1951. Despite the actor’s laid-back attitude, he’s built a thriving acting career, racking up an impressive 100 credits. While many of us know him for the roles he’s played, there are still many things we don’t know about Kurt’s private life. So, on his big day, we reveal 10 facts about the actor...
He’s been in the business for a long time
Kurt was born into a show business family. His father Bing Russell was an actor, and his mother Louise Russell was a dancer, so it’s no surprise that he followed in their footsteps. The ‘Silkwood’ actor made his film debut at the age of 12 in an uncredited appearance in 1963 film ‘It Happened at the World’s Fair’. This breakthrough led to a slew of roles for the young Kurt.
His name was Walt Disney’s last words
As a young actor, Kurt got some of his first major credits working for Walt Disney Pictures, and had a close relationship with Walt. In fact, the last words Disney wrote before he died were apparently “Kurt Russell”. The actor recalled how he learned about Disney’s last words in a 2017 interview with HuffPost. Kurt said: “They pulled me into the office a couple years after he died, and this woman — who I don’t believe it was his secretary, but it might’ve been, I don’t know ― pointed to [something he wrote] and she said, ‘Do you know what that’s about?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t.’[She said], ‘Because he wrote something after it. But then he went back up and he wrote your name. That was the last thing he wrote.’ And I said, ‘Oh gee. I don’t know what it’s connected to.’”
He had to use his imagination for auditions
Growing up, Kurt’s father didn’t want his children spending too much time watching TV, and would only allow it if it was a baseball game or a special broadcast. During a 2016 interview with GQ, the ‘Tombstone’ actor said: “My Dad, even though he was an actor, he didn't really condone watching TV. It wasn't a pastime that he thought was a good one. Because of that, I didn't really see much acting. I didn't really have much to go off of. And so I never had any other thing in my mind other than just doing it my way."
He ghost directed ‘Tombstone’
Kurt played Wyatt Earp in the 1993 Western film ‘Tombstone’, but what the audiences didn’t know is that he was responsible for more than his own role. Early on, the original director, Kevin Jarre, was fired, and George Cosmatos was brought in instead. However, Cosmatos wanted Kurt at the helm, so he stepped up to the plate. The actor explained in a 2006 interview with True West Magazine: “I said, 'I'll do it, but I don't want to put my name on it. I don't want to be the guy. I'd go to George's room, give him the shot list for the next day, that was the deal…And it was the hardest work of my life."
He tries to avoid being typecast
Throughout his career, Kurt has gone to great lengths to avoid being typecast. He's appeared in everything from martial arts films like ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and horror movies like ‘The Thing’ to blockbusters like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. During a 2017 interview with Whisky + Sunshine, Kurt said: “In Hollywood, a lotta times if you have something that's successful, the next 30 scripts you read are gonna be in that zone. So I disappointed a lotta people by saying, 'I get it. I get why you want me to do it. But, if you'll notice, I just did that. I don't wanna do that now. I passed that math test. I wanna go on to this English test now.'"
He owns a ranch and a vineyard
Outside of acting, Kurt has several other hobbies. Him and his longtime partner, Goldie Hawn, own a ranch in Aspen, Colorado, and they sell their beef to local restaurants. ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ actor also owns a vineyard in California and loves making his own wine. He told GQ: “I'm just so happy every time. It's like, wine's been being made forever and ever and ever. And if you love wine and you love really high-end wine, to make it, once you get into it, it's not just a process, it's an art form. It's like the most nerve-wracking day of the year for me."
A famous stepdaughter
Kurt and Goldie Hawn have been in a relationship since 1983, together they share their son Wyatt Russell, who was born in 1986. On top of that, the actor is stepfather to Goldie’s two children, one of whom is none other than Kate Hudson. The ‘Music’ actress considers Kurt to be her real father and has stated that her biological father “doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall".
No need for marriage
Despite having one of the longest-lasting celebrity relationships, Kurt and Goldie have never been married. During a 2020 interview with People, the actor revealed that he never felt the need to marry, saying that a “marriage certificate wasn’t going to create anything that we wouldn’t otherwise have".
The movie tells the story of a medical school dropout who seeks revenge against sexual abusers.
Emerald Fennell: First British woman EVER nominated for a Best Director Academy Award
A deeply revealing documentary about Sir Alex Ferguson. While recovering from a brain haemorrhage, Ferguson recounts details of his life and career to his son, including his legendary 26-year tenure as manager of Manchester United.
Emerald admitted to amending her original script because it was initially deemed to be too bleak.
She told The Independent: "It couldn’t be so easy. You can look at any statistic, you can look at any story - and there’s a way something goes."
Carey Mulligan - who plays the central character in the movie - previously admitted she knew she "had" to star in 'Promising Young Woman'.
The actress was desperate to land the role of Cassie Thomas - even though she was uncertain about how to play the part.
She said: "When I read the 'Promising Young Woman' script, I felt the way you do when you watch 'Parasite'. Constantly wrong-footed, like, 'Oh my word, what is this?' In a good way.
"I also felt the thing that I always want to feel: that I would be gutted if anyone else played this part. I had to do it, but also I didn't know how to do it."
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