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Last week, I reviewed the first two seasons of Victoria. Tina reviewed the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca. Sim shared her visit to the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. She also reports that The Child in Time, a series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kelly McDonald, will make it to American TV next month. Becky reviewed Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel.
The British made a good showing at the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Helen Mirren started the fun with a Price Is Right style showing of the jet ski that Jimmy Kimmel gave away to the shortest speech giver of the night. I wondered, being British, if she’d ever seen the Price is Right!
By my count, four Brits won Oscars.
Two Brits, Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, won for their short live action film, The Silent Child. Ms. Shenton signed part of her speech, keeping a promise to the deaf star of their film.
Roger Deakins won for Best Cinematographer for Blade Runner 2049. We weren’t really enthusiastic about the film, but I can’t argue that the cinematography was stunning. This was his first win after getting fourteen nominations.
Gary Oldman won Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. I’m looking forward to seeing that film soon. His nomination and win were not without controversy in the #TimesUp era.
Speaking of #TimesUp, did you see Emma Watson’s tattoo?
Did you watch the Oscars? Are there more British moments to highlight?