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Entertainment Renée Zellweger Solidifies Oscar Frontrunner Status As 'Judy' Premieres in Hollywood

18:45  20 september  2019
18:45  20 september  2019 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Renée Zellweger arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of ' Judy .' Although I saw Judy less than a month ago, at its world premiere in Telluride, I wanted to see how its biggest moments played with a Hollywood crowd, so I arrived midway through the movie — and encountered Zellweger , who looked

Renée Kathleen Zellweger (/rəˈneɪ ˈzɛlwɛɡər/; born April 25, 1969) is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades

Judy, Rupert Goold's portrait of the last year in the life of Judy Garland, premiered in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The film unspooled at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, and now the belly of the industry knows what Telluride and Toronto film festivalgoers found out weeks ago: Renée Zellweger, who plays Garland, has never been better — and is going to be very hard to beat at the Oscars.

Renee Zellweger in a red shirt© Amy Sussman/Getty Images

While this was not an official Academy member screening of Judy — those will take place on Saturday night in LA (a Q&A with Zellweger, Goold and producer David Livingstone will follow) and on Sept. 25 in New York (Zellweger and Finn Wittrock will be there for a post-screening Q&A) — it was jam-packed with Academy members. Moreover, it was not a coincidence that distributors Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment wanted the film to play on this screen, which is sandwiched by two giant Oscars — stand-ins, perhaps, for the best supporting actress Oscar that Zellweger won for 2003's Cold Mountain and the best actress Oscar that she is poised to win for this film.

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The first trailer for Judy , the upcoming Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger in the titular role, is out now. Zellweger is unrecognizable in character as the The film, directed by Rupert Goold, is set to be released this fall and is already (predictably) generating Oscar buzz, particularly for Zellweger 's

Renée Zellweger 's performance as Judy Garland garnered widespread critical acclaim. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an The website's critical consensus reads: "Led by a deeply committed performance from Renée Zellweger , Judy captures the waning days of a beloved

Although I saw Judy less than a month ago, at its world premiere in Telluride, I wanted to see how its biggest moments played with a Hollywood crowd, so I arrived midway through the movie — and encountered Zellweger, who looked stunning, sitting right outside the theater's doors with a friend. I thanked her again for being my guest on the episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast that posted earlier today, and then hustled inside to catch the moment in which her Garland is pushed out on stage while drunk and/or drugged and then gathers herself, as troupers do, and belts out a showstopping rendition of 'By Myself.' (Zellweger does her own singing throughout the film.) As was the case in Telluride and Toronto, the audience erupted into applause at the end of the number.

Renée Zellweger Tears Up After Receiving Two Standing Ovations at the TIFF Premiere for Judy

Renée Zellweger Tears Up After Receiving Two Standing Ovations at the TIFF Premiere for Judy Renée Zellweger Gets Emotional After Receiving Two Standing Ovations at TIFF

Producers behind an upcoming biopic about Judy Garland have released the first image of Renée Zellweger as the late screen icon and it is striking.

The Oscar -winning actress brings the late Hollywood icon to life in the first official preview of theater director Rupert Goold’s upcoming chronicle adapted of eventual superstar Liza Minnelli, Garland’s daughter with director Vincente Minnelli. © Provided by TIME Inc. Renée Zellweger stuns as Judy

From that point forward, Zellweger had people wrapped around her finger. There was complete silence, save for a few sniffles, during her big telephone scene near the end of the film (Luise Rainer won the best actress Oscar for a similar one in 1936's The Great Ziegfeld). And, as you can see here, there was a thunderous ovation when the end credits arrived at her name.

When the film let out, attendees made their way downstairs to the lobby, where a buffet supper was laid out, but where, instead of eating, many immediately crowded around Zellweger as original Judy Garland tunes played over the loudspeaker. Zellweger gamely chatted and/or smiled for photos with all comers, including actor Clifton Collins Jr. and Call Me By Your Name producer Howard Rosenman, both Academy members.

Meanwhile, while having a nibble at a nearby banquette, I was joined by and struck up a conversation with a gentleman who turned out to be the actor Warren Berlinger. An Academy member, he told me that he was appearing on the West End in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying when Garland was doing her rocky run at the Talk of the Town (at which much of Judy is set), and he went to see her there one night. On the basis of that, and a subsequent performance of hers that he caught at the Hollywood Bowl, he felt Zellweger nailed Garland and deserves at least a best actress nomination. Bill Goldstein of the music branch, who I ran into on my way out, seconded that — and said he "loved" the movie, too.

Judy, which now stands at a formidable 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, will open in the U.S. on Sept. 27.

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