QUICK PEEK: Angela Lansbury inspires film nominee hopefuls

Angela Lansbury at the AFI Awards Night (Photo by AFP)

The 76th Golden Globes will happening on Sunday, January 6 (Monday the 7th in the Philippines), kicking off the awards season for the best in film and television of 2018.

This “Golden Globes weekend”, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their Top 10 movies and television series of the past year, increasing the chances of many celebrities of nabbing an award or two.

But the AFI Awards Night was graced by an individual who knows a thing or two about winning awards, having been in the film business since 1944.

Angela Lansbury, the veteran actress who starred in films like The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), received a standing ovation upon entering the AFI luncheon at The Four Seasons in Los Angeles.

Everyone got on their feet to applaud the great Dame Angela Lansbury

“I took my first steps in the business on Stage 25 at the MGM lot,” said the 93-year old, “I never felt so alone in my life.” Luckily enough she made contact with directors in Hollywood, including George Cukor who gave Lansbury her debut in 1944’s Gaslight (she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role).

Lansbury went on the appear in over 50 films, receiving critical acclaim over a 70-year career. She was made a dame in 2014 for her contributions to the performing arts, and is probably most remembered for her voice role as Ms. Potts in Beauty and the Beast (1991) – singing as well the titular song during the film.

There is no doubt then that Lansbury knows how hard it is to be an actor in Hollywood, “You never know when it’s going to happen and whether you’re going to be The One. And that’s what’s thrilling and what makes being in our business so extraordinary.”

With the awards season looming, she only had this to say to aspiring nominees, “”As you leave here today and are invited to endure seemingly endless parades of programs that label you a winner or a loser – remember this room, remember this group, when we are all together as one.”

Lansbury will be among those attending those “endless parades of programs”, having appeared in Mary Poppins Returns alongside other acting veterans like Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke (who was in the original Mary Poppins). The film hits Philippine cinemas on Tuesday, January 8.

The AFI Top 10 of Film and Television of 2018 are as follows:

– Black Panther
– BlacKkKlansman
– Eighth Grade
– The Favourite
– First Reformed
– Green Book
– If Beale Street Could Talk
– Mary Poppins Returns
– A Quiet Place
– A Star Is Born
– Roma (Special Award)

– The Americans
– The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
– Atlanta
– Barry
– Better Call Saul
– The Kominsky Method
– The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
– Pose
– Succession
– This Is Us

Story from AP; Winners list from AFI

Also check out our piece on Dick Van Dyke reprising a familiar character for Mary Poppins Returns!

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