Nathaniel R. has done a write-up of those familiar faces we might be seeing more of in the coming year. I love his choices and we must never underestimate the power of a really good publicist.

Emily Blunt is a tease. She glided down the stairs in just a man’s dress shirt and her skivvies in Charlie Wilson’s War (yowza) and then *poof* disappeared from the movie, leaving you wanting much more. As the top hat top girl on the new Vanity Fair Hollywood cover the year looks promising. First up is a co-starring gig with another cover girl Amy Adams in Sunshine Cleaning. She also has a supporting role in The Great Buck Howard an indie with John Malkovich as an over the hill entertainer. Most importantly, if Oscar history is any indication, she’ll be enjoying an awards run next winter for the biopic The Young Victoria (previously discussed here) in which she plays… well, you’ve already figured that out. Oscar does love a royal. But… they don’t always love younger queens. We’ll see.

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  • It does look like a good year for Blunt, but I don’t know about The Young Victoria. Don’t you think the Academy is getting a little tired of movies about British queens?

    Check out The Oscar Nazi for year-round predictions and analysis.

  • Alison Flynn

    Don’t you think the Academy is getting a little tired of movies about British queens?

    Could be. Did you see the ReelGeezers discussing who they were voting for? He issued the blanket statement that he never votes for anyone playing a queen. Although, that didn’t seem to hurt Helen Mirren, did it?

  • sb33

    Could that be because Helen Mirren gave a behind-the-scenes portrayal of a royal as just an ordinary woman, struggling to maintain decorum?

  • The Academy might be tired of British queens but I think Emily Blunt’s role may be a little different.

    First, she’s playing a young queen Victoria. I don’t think we’ve ever seen that before. We’ve seen quite a representations of Queen Elizabeth I at many stages in her life. But I can only recall seeing Victoria played once, and that was when she was much older. Second, the movie seems to be more about Victoria and Albert’s courtship which in essence is a love story rather than a typical biopic. Or maybe this is all wishful thinking on my part.

  • Dan Sai

    It’s about time Emily gets some award recognition. We’ve all been wanting her to get the proper vehicle for a while now. I agree that it’s wrong to assume all royal stories are the same and have been done before.

  • Emily Blunt will bring something unique to the British queen-type film, something refreshing. One can only hope Young Victoria might bring something different to the table.

  • Xavi Rodriguez

    1. An iconic role for an important queen and empress
    2. martin scorsese’s production
    3. We expected a huge period production like Anna of the thousand years
    4. A young, talented (More that Knightley) and british actress in a leading role of a big film…

    I hope so… I think that film is unleast intersting.

  • Alison Flynn

    Agreed, Nick.

  • DBibby

    Emily Blunt is one of those actresses (like Kate Winslet) that can fully embody a character and create a real connection with her character and the audience. It’s only a matter of time ’til the part fits and she (they) are Oscar-rewarded. (IMO!)

  • Haroldsmaude

    Perhaps, DBibby, but Kate is proven and deserving. Think of the films that she’s carried and not been rewarded for. Emily is good, but her major parts have been minor in big films. I’m still waiting for her to knock my socks off. Perhaps this Victoria film will do it. Still, though if she goes head to head with the great Kate, my vote is set. The world will be good place when Kate (and Laura Linney) win their Oscars.

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