It’s too bad Dame Judi Dench is recovering from knee surgery and couldn’t make it to Tuesday night’s screening of “Philomena.” The crowd, some with mascara-tinted tears on their cheeks, would have told her to expect a fifth nomination for the Best Actress Oscar.
(Dench has never won Best Actress, though she did win Best Supporting Actress in 1999 for “Shakespeare in Love.”) Dench plays Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who is helped by an unemployed reporter (Steve Coogan) to track down the son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years earlier.
And Dench, along with distributor Harvey Weinstein, is already victorious in one big way.
The MPAA agreed Wednesday to change the movie’s R rating to PG-13 — and Weinstein didn’t even have to remove the two F-bombs that earned “Philomena” an R in the first place.
Oscar-winner Mark Rylance lost out on winning another big award as Kenneth Cranham took home the best actor award for The Father.
Weinstein brought the real Lee to the after-party at the new Skylark club on West 39th Street, as well as former BBC reporter Martin Sixsmith, whose best seller was the basis of the movie.She said: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm absolutely livid as I had a bet with my grandson ...and I'm never going to be able to forget it." She praised "a really fantastic company and crew and stage management", saying of the award: "It's lovely to have, but in actual fact it belongs to all those people just as much as it belongs to me." The best supporting actor award was won by Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss for his role in Three Days In The Country.She added: "I'm taking Noma Dumezweni and Marianne Jean-Baptiste with me." The Magic Radio audience award was won by The Phantom Of The Opera.:: The Olivier Awards will be held on April 9 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall By Laura Elston and Tony Jones, Press Association Court Staff Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are bringing their own modern touch to their royal marriage ceremony, fusing the traditional and the contemporary.
Musical revival Gypsy won four awards, the most of the evening, including the much-coveted best actress in a musical for Imelda Staunton.