No Olivier for Keira Knightley – But She Looked Fabulous

  • This year’s Olivier Awards – the UK’s equivalent to the Tonys – were given out last night, and Rachel Weisz, as expected, won Best Actress in a Play for playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Tony winner Mark Rylance won Best Actor in Play for his role in Jerusalem, defeating Hamlet star Jude Law. Keira Knightley went home empty-handed, losing the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award to Streetcar‘s Ruth Wilson. But Ms. Knightley looked fabulous in a “curve-hugging” (ahem) Erdem Moralioglu gown, which was miles ahead of the tacky mess she wore to the Olivier Awards luncheon.

    The big upset of the night was in the Best New Play category. The much-hyped Enron and Jerusalem lost to The Mountaintop, a partially fictionalized account of Martin Luther King‘s last night in a Memphis motel room before his 1968 assassination. It was the first time that a black woman (28-year-old American, Katori Hall) won the Olivier for Best New Play. The official site for the Olivier Awards has highlights from last night’s ceremony.

  • The Daily Mail has a play-by-play of Torchwood star John Barrowman‘s appearance last night on Desperate Housewives. SPOILER ALERT!
  • The Daily Mirror has an “exclusive” on the new Doctor Who series: “The new Time Lord, played by Matt Smith, is certain to feel both his hearts pounding as soon as he catches sight of gorgeous new sidekick Karen Gillan. Six-foot tall Karen, 22 – a former model plucked from obscurity for the prime-time role – will be seen flirting and cavorting with Smith in the show’s steamiest scenes ever…And later in the series, she will share a passionate kiss with Matt, the 11th actor to play the part.” Oh, to compose overheated prose for a seedy UK tabloid – that’s my true ambition.
  • By the way, the new BBC AMERICA Doctor Who website is live, and there’s a marvelously epic new series trailer that came out today:

  • Robert Pattinson on how fame has affected his game: “Like, last year, if I went out, I’d have to fight to chat someone up. This year, I look exactly the same, which is really scruffy, and yet lots of people seem to have just changed their minds and decided I’m really sexy.” (Telegraph)
  • R. Patz says his sex scenes in Remember Me gave him a “new respect for porn stars…You realize the whole crew are looking directly at your butt crack. I can’t think of anything exciting for them about this.” (Digital Spy)
  • Pattinson is quickly replacing John Mayer as the king of the gonzo-bizarre quote: he says he “looked like a transvestite” in the Twilight movies.(The Sun)
  • Cheryl Cole is a greater inspiration to millions of British women than Dame Helen Mirren, Oprah Winfrey, or The Queen. (Digital Spy)
  • Chef/long-distance runner Gordon Ramsay was forced to abort the L.A. marathon two-thirds of the way. He tweeted afterward: ‘Damn, had to stop at 15 miles, just felt my calf muscle go. Massive well done to everyone who got round.’ The Daily Mail has photos. Carey Mulligan‘s boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, did finish the race.
  • This is what happens when people don’t give a crap about you: you can “get married in secret in Paris,” like Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher.(The Sun)
  • Huge ’90s Britpop band Suede reunited for their first show since 2003, and they didn’t play their best song, “The Drowners.” Sacrebleu!(NME)

  • Boy George opens the door for a 30th anniversary reunion of Culture Club.(BBC)
  • Pete Doherty has been arrested again: he’s suspected of supplying drugs to documentary filmmaker Robin Whitehead, who died of an overdose in January.(BBC)
  • Today’s the one-year anniversary of Jade Goody‘s death from cervical cancer. And in rather untimely fashion, Jade’s mum, Jackiey, is embroiled in a coke-and-booze scandal. (The Sun)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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