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Helena to Receive a CBE Award

What an incredible honour! Helena is to be awarded a CBE Award from the Queen, in the New Year! This award is one step down from her being known as Dame Helena Bonham Carter! Thanks to Reuters we have the following article:

After playing the mother of Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, actress Helena Bonham Carter will take part in a real-life royal performance when she receives an honour from the monarch herself.

The actress is among close to 1,000 people from all walks of life whose achievements are recognised in the annual New Year’s Honours List.

A rung down from a Dame with her CBE award (Commander of the British Empire), Bonham Carter received one of her two Oscar nominations for portraying Queen Elizabeth’s mother in Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.

She will experience true royal pomp when she receives her award at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace next year, but she is no stranger to nobility, coming from an aristocratic family. Her great-grandfather, the Earl of Oxford and Asquith, served as prime minister under Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V.

The official list will be published tomorrow, 31st December.

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National Movie Awards Results

Tonight is this year’s National Movie Awards and Helena was nominated in the Performance of the Year category, alongside her King’s Speech co-stars, Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in the said film. Unfortunately Helena lost the award to her co-star, Colin Firth.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Italian Online Movie Award Results

The results of this year’s Italian Online Movie Awards have been announced and I am happy to announce that Helena won! She was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, alongside actresses, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Italian Online Movie Award Nom

The nominations for this years Italian Online Movie Awards have been released and Helena is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her Academy Award nominated performance as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech. Her fellow nominees are as follows:

Best Supporting Actress
• Amy Adams – The Fighter
• Marion Cotillard – Inception
• Melissa Leo – The Fighter
• Mila Kunis – Black Swan

You can register to vote here and the results will be announced on May 8th! Good luck to all the nominees!

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Stylist Magazine Interview

National treasure is an overused phrase, but one that’s impossible to shut out of your brain when meeting Helena Bonham Carter. Wearing a cleavage-heaving jacket and waistcoat by Vivienne Westwood and with her trademark bird’s nest of brown curls piled up on top of her head, she’s the epitome of both the elegant and eccentric. Sitting with her in a boardroom at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, I’m reminded of an observation her co-star in the 2002 film The Heart Of Me, Paul Bettany, once shared with me. “Barking mad, keen as mustard and funny as f***,” he said about the actress, and I’m inclined to agree.

Her most recent role as the late Queen Mother in The King’s Speech has endeared Helena to the world more than ever. Picking up four Oscars, seven BAFTAs and a Golden Globe during awards season last month, it’s perhaps the most successful film Helena has ever been in.

You sense that she’s partly sad and partly relieved that the marathon press run and awards season appearances for the film has now ended. Instead, she’s here to discuss a previous release, the BBC drama Toast which aired at Christmas and comes to DVD this week. Based on food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood memoirs, it sees Helena star as his wicked stepmother Mrs Potter, a chain-smoking Brummie who’s somehow charming, coarse, sympathetic and sexy, all at once.

You’ve just been through awards season with The King’s Speech. Are you looking forward to getting back to normality?
I’m really looking forward to it – it’s been very difficult. The Queen Mother said herself – and it’s good advice – “If you’re in the public eye, don’t complain, don’t explain and don’t ever speak publicly.”

Did the Oscars make you nervous?
Oh, yeah. You could make a complete tit of yourself, and if you do, there are a lot of people watching – so yes, things like that are nerve wracking.

Read the interview…

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Vote for Helena!

The nominations for this year’s National Movie Awards have been announced, and Helena is one of the nominees! She has been nominated in the category: Performance of the Year, along with The King’s Speech co-stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush! This is Helena’s third nomination, but she’s yet to win, so you have until May to vote via the image below! Get voting!

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Sky viewers vote Helena!

Despite losing out to The Fighter‘s Melissa Leo in the race for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards, BAFTA-winner Helena Bonham Carter has been named as the most powerful actress in Hollywood in a poll conducted by Sky Movies as part of their Women In Film season.

Collecting 10.8% of the public vote, The King’s Speech actress takes pole position ahead of Natalie Portman (8.3%) and Helen Mirren (8.1%), with Hollywood A-listers and Oscar-winners Angelina Jolie (6.4%) and Julia Roberts (5.8%) rounding out the top five. Other names to make the list include rom-com favourite Jennifer Aniston, two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Oscar host Anne Hathaway, who presumably finds herself included due to her recent casting in The Dark Knight Rises.

Take a look at the full list of results…

1. Helena Bonham Carter (10.8%)
2. Natalie Portman (8.3%)
3. Helen Mirren (8.1%)
4. Angelina Jolie (6.4%)
5. Julia Roberts (5.8%)
6. Jennifer Aniston (4.8%)
7. Meryl Streep (4.5%)
8. Cameron Diaz (4.3%)
9. Drew Barrymore (3.9%)
10. Anne Hathaway (3.5%)

Others (39.6%)

Source: Flickering Myth

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Keep Voting!

As I’ve mentioned, the nominations for this year’s Jameson Empire Awards have been announced and Helena has been nominated for her fourth award! She’s nominated in the Best Actress category for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech. You can vote via the link below!

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‘People like you more if you lose’

The actress lost out on an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at this year’s Oscars. She was nominated for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in The King’s Speech, which picked up an impressive four gongs including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Colin Firth.

Helena, 44, believes that it’s not the winning that counts as she feels more popular after missing out on an Academy Award.

“To be honest, I do think people like you more if you lose. That’s my theory,” the actress told BBC News.

The British actress – who was also nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her role as Kate Croy in 1997 film The Wings of the Dove – says that it’s natural to feel disappointed if you lose. However, she realises there are other talented nominees who failed to win and feels she is in good company.

“To be honest, you always have a little dip, but then you get over it,” she added. “You can see other losers, and you look at the other losers and there’s Michelle Williams, there’s Amy Adams – you’re in a good club.”

The coveted best supporting actress prize went to Melissa Leo for her role in The Fighter, which was also honoured with a Best Supporting Actor award for Christian Bale.

Source: Music Rooms