Helena, nominated for best supporting actress for The King’s Speech, wasn’t paying attention to the nominations announcement at her London home, besieged as she was by her children.
“I only found out because a friend phoned,” she tells USA TODAY’s Maria Puente. “I’m really happy, and really happy forThe King’s Speech (the film, about stuttering King George VI and the Australian speech therapist who helped him, got the highest number of nominations). That really counts for something,” she said. Yet, characteristically, she joked that all she did in the film (she played Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI) was “wobble in the background.” But she didn’t get nominated for wobbling. Bonham Carter has played queens before — Tudor queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Grey, both of whom lost their heads — and of course, she tore up the screen as the Red Queen in partner Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
She described The King’s Speech as “a really good actors’ film,” and said everyone involved has been surprised and heartened by the widespread praise and the awards attention. “We’re so used to making really bad films or small, independent films that no one sees, which is a shame because often that’s when you do your best work.”
She also joked that the news of next year’s royal wedding of Prince William and fiancée Catherine “Kate” Middleton (William is the great-grandson King George VI and his queen) has been terrific for the marketing campaign for the movie. “We have to be invited — we’re part of the family now,” she said with a laugh.
Helena’s upcoming film, The King’s Speech swept tonight’s British Independent Film Awards with Helena, Colin and Geoffrey all winning their acting awards! (Supporting Actor & Actress and Best Actor – as well as Helena’s already announced award, The Richard Harris Award). The film also won the Best Screenplay award, and the Best British Independent Film Award as well! Congrats to all the winners!
Liane and I will be updating the gallery, tomorrow, with plenty of pictures of Helena at the awards, with her mother, Elena. Unfortunately Tim wasn’t at the awards with Helena, as he has kidney stones!
On the 1st December 2010, Helena attended the press screening of her upcoming TV film, Toast, which is due to air at 9pm on BBC One, on the 30th December 2010. We have found 3 MQ images of her there, so view them in the gallery!
Considering the intense security I had to wade my way through recently to visit Helena Bonham Carter at her Manhattan hotel, for a few moments it actually did feel like I might be visiting the Queen of England. (As it turned out, it was just the Israeli Prime Minister’s security detail.) Alas, no — just screen royalty, as proven in her latest effort, The King’s Speech.
The film features Carter as Queen Elizabeth, though to hear her tell it, she would have rather have played Elizabeth’s husband George VI — the King of England who, in the early years of World War II, trains with a speech therapist in order to lose a nasty stammer that’s plagued most of his life. Of course, that part went to Colin Firth, and Carter took a role she admits could, on paper, be considered thankless. A little more than a year later, she’s on her way to her second Oscar nomination. Movieline spoke to Carter about playing a historical figure who only died eight years ago, landing the role as Sonny Crockett’s girlfriend on Miami Vice and her infamous line that was cut from Fight Club.
Read the interview…
Helena Bonham Carter spent years trying to get away from her reputation as the queen of corsets, but she stepped back into period garb to play Queen Elizabeth, the wife of George VI and future Queen Mother, opposite Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. In person, she dresses more like Madonna circa Lucky Star, with a half-dozen silver chains slung around her neck and her nest of curls topped by a lopsided maroon bow. As she talked about her relationship with professional filmmaking oddball Tim Burton, her own arrested development and the Queen Mum’s acid wit, she negotiated a forest of drinking glasses filled with varicolored liquids on a nearby table (a penchant that earned her the nickname “Cups” from her “King’s” director Tom Hooper), pausing slightly to dispatch her mother to a nearby Duane Reade drugstore for vitamin supplements.
It’s tricky to play a figure as revered as the Queen Mother. You have to play her as an ordinary person but maintain an air of royalty, almost otherness. Playing her is a bit slippery because she’s so well loved and she’s so well known and she’s lasted for so long. She’s so ingrained in people’s heads. I don’t look like her, neither does Colin look like … [laughs] what’s-his-name. I went in search of her essence. It’s like finding the essence to a perfume. Something that’s recognizably her. She was a very complex character, but she would try and pass herself off as this charming, rather vague exterior — in a way, the archetypal woman. She played very low status. The head was always cocked, and she looked thoroughly sweet and cozy — which she wasn’t.
I have to say, I chucked to myself when I saw the title of this! :laughing: A rather…random interview with Helena about her role in The King’s Speech and Tim Burton. Enjoy!
Thanks to her many collaborations with her partner, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter is now best known for eccentric, dark roles in such films as Sweeney Todd and Corpse Bride. However, as Emily Blunt noted after she starred in the royal drama The Young Victoria, “As an English actress, you have to don a bonnet at some point,” and this is Carter’s time to step into the House of Windsor: She currently stars in The King’s Speech as Queen Elizabeth, who encourages her husband, King George VI (Colin Firth), to overcome his devastating stutter when he has to make a public address announcing that England is declaring war on the advancing Nazis. We sat down with Carter, who was clad in anti-Queen chic (goth-goddess spiderweb tights, lace-up boots, black Anthropologie dress, and fingerless gloves) as she talked about balancing this queenly role with Harry Potter’s Bellatrix Lestrange, what Burton and Johnny Depp talk about that she just doesn’t get, and why Brits aren’t as fascinated by the royal family as Americans think they are.
You shot The King’s Speech simultaneously with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, didn’t you? On set for one of them one day, the other the next?
It was funny, my son would ask, “Do you have to play the witch or the queen tomorrow?” so that pretty much summed it up. It was interesting because Harry Potter is quite slow as a process, so I had a lot of down time. I was reading William Shawcross’s biography of the Queen Mother, dressed in my witch outfit! And you know what? It was a really good mix; it was a therapeutic mix.
The official UK poster of Helena’s upcoming film, The King’s Speech has just been released and it’s much better than the US poster! Unfortunately Helena doesn’t feature on the poster, but it is still a beautiful poster, nonetheless. View the poster below!
Helena’s upcoming film, The King’s Speech has received a strong reaction from the Academy, The Wrap reports.
“The audience loved the film … It played as well as anything I have seen this year,” reported one Academy member who attended the screening at the 1,000-seat Samuel Goldwyn theater, which the member estimated was 85 percent full. Another person in attendance said that the credits brought “lots of applause” for director Hooper and stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce and others, plus “solid applause for the writer, cinematographer, costumes, all down the line.”