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“Sometimes acting is like inviting a new lodger in and she was definitely the most fun to have around. I miss her. And the diamonds.” – Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor

Source: People.com

Posted by Jamie
Friday July 11th, 2014

Helena has been nominated for an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor. She is nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie category. Winners will be announced Monday 25th August.

Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Kristen Wiig, Spoils of Babylon

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, Return to Zero (Lifetime)

Posted by Liane
Thursday July 10th, 2014

When casting a movie about Elizabeth Taylor, Helena Bonham Carter would probably not be the first actress you’d think of to play one of the most iconic, revered, and beloved women of the 20th century. Not to worry, though, Bonham Carter won’t take it personally, since she’s not her first choice, either. Still, when producers of the BBC Four telefilm cast their movie about Taylor, ex-husband Richard Burton, and their ill-fated turn in the 1983 revival of Noël Coward‘s play Private Lives, it was Bonham Carter who came to mind. Good thing she said yes, as the two-time Oscar nominee is now a front runner for her third Emmy nomination, as well. Studio System News chat with Bonham Carter about her performance in the role.

SSN: Did you ever meet Elizabeth Taylor? Did your paths ever cross?
Bonham Carter:
No, sadly not. I never did. I’ve met lots of people who had met her, friends of hers, but I never had the luck to meet her. Of course now, having played her, I feel like I have. It’s a very big responsibility to play someone who actually existed, and without having the chance to have that firsthand meeting with them, inevitably you can find someone who was around and knew them. You depend on other people’s firsthand accounts.

SSN: This is not the first time you’ve played someone iconic. A couple years ago, you got an Oscar nomination for playing the Queen Mother.
Bonham Carter:
Clearly, Elizabeth is an important name to me. (laughs) I was lucky in that one of my oldest friends was Elizabeth Taylor’s god daughter. When I was asked to play her, I was shocked, because of course I look nothing like her. When something like that happens, you feel like you have to ask permission, but if the person is dead, you really can’t, can you? So I asked my friend, and she said, ‘she would find it funny.’ So that, combined with their permission and the fact that she had such a great sense of humor made me think, yeah, I really want to do this. More than that, I was honored to do it.

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Posted by Jamie
Wednesday June 18th, 2014

The 2014 Critics Choice Award nominations have been announced and Helena is up for an award! She is nominated in the Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series category, for her performance in Burton & Taylor. The winner will be announced on 19th June. View the other nominees below!

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Whoopi Goldberg, A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Holliday Grainger, Bonnie & Clyde
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Posted by Jamie
Thursday May 29th, 2014

Helena and co-star, Dominic West have both been nominated for a television BAFTA for their performances in Burton and Taylor. The ceremony will take place Sunday 18th May at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Helena Bonham Carter
Burton and Taylor

Kerrie Hayes
The Mill

Maxine Peake
The Village

Olivia Coleman
Broadchurch

Posted by Liane
Monday April 7th, 2014

Having admired Helena’s beautiful features for the past five hours, I am please to say that I have just uploaded 2,011 screencaps of Helena as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor. I am now in the processing of sorting through Sweeney Todd and Enid caps, so hopefully they’ll be up at the weekend. You can keep voting for which films you want to see capped next in our poll.

Posted by Liane
Thursday January 23rd, 2014

The nominees for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced, and Helena is up for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television, for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton & Taylor! Her fellow nominees are below.

Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen
Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren in Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake

The winners will be announced on January 12, 2014!

Posted by Jamie
Thursday December 12th, 2013

The nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced, and Helena is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor.

Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King – Betty & Coretta (Lifetime)
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor – Burton & Taylor (BBC America)
Holly Hunter as G.J. – Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)
Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden – Phil Spector (HBO)
Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin – Top of the Lake (Sundance Channel)

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Saturday 18th January 2014 on TNT and TBS at 8pm (ET) /5pm (PT).

Posted by Liane
Wednesday December 11th, 2013

Helena has been nominated for a Satellite Award as a part of this year’s celebrations! She is nominated for the Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film award for her portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in Burton & Taylor. She will against the following actresses:

Holliday Grainger in Bonnie & Clyde
Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven
Helen Mirren in Phil Spector
Rebecca Hall in Parade’s End
Laura Linney in The Big C: Hereafter
Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake
Melissa Leo in Call Me Crazy: A Five Film

The results will be announced on February 23, 2014! Fingers crossed for Helena!

Posted by Jamie
Thursday December 5th, 2013

One of the most interesting actresses of her generation, Helena Bonham Carter, recently travelled across the pond to the Hampton’s International Film Festival for the première of her BBC film Burton and Taylor (in which she plays Elizabeth Taylor) and for an intimate In Conversation With… event. It was a fitting event for the festival, which selected UK films as their national focus; and Carter proved to be an ideal guest. Not only does her career speak for itself, but Carter herself is a genuinely charming, funny and down-to-earth speaker whose weird characters and often unrecognisable physical transformations are all the more impressive when seeing the vibrant woman in person.

Carter has no traditional training and admits she only found an ‘in’ within the industry as a teenager when she found the number of her schoolmate’s agent and gave him a call directly. But even before that, she was drawn to the idea of performing and had a desire to be on television, or she puts it “I wondered if I could be inside that box.” At thirteen saw her first of many influential female performances, Judy Davis in My Brilliant Career. It was a performance she found so impressive, she found herself wanting at first to be Sybylla Melyn (Davis’ character) before deciding she wanted to be an actress.

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Posted by Jamie
Tuesday October 29th, 2013