VARIETY – The cast of “Mary Poppins Returns” has been selected for the Ensemble Performance Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The honor will be presented at the festival’s Film Awards Gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Cast members Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Salah and Joel Dawson are expected to attend the event, where the award will be presented by the film’s director Rob Marshall. The festival, now in its 30th edition, runs from Jan. 3 to Jan. 14.
“‘Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In this outstanding sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family as they race to keep the bank’s executives from foreclosing on their home. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and many others.”
Past recipients of the Ensemble Performance Award include Best Picture winner “Argo,” as well as past Best Picture nominees “American Hustle,” “The Big Short,” “Hidden Figures,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Social Network.”
The film has been named one of the top 10 movies of the year by AFI and the National Board of Review. It’s received three Critics Choice nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and a SAG Award nomination for Blunt.
Tomorrow night, Emily and the cast of Mary Poppins Returns will make a very special appearance on UK talk show The Graham Norton Show. Many of you will no doubt remember some of her previous visits to the show, alongside co-stars such as Tom Cruise, Jessica Chastain, and most recently to promote A Quiet Place alongside husband John Krasinski. From the clips released so far, it looks as if this appearance will be just as memorable and hilarious. You can view them using the “read more” option. I’ve also added some photos from the taping to the gallery. Enjoy!
Our favorite Hollywood power couple at last have a joint magazine cover! Emily and John are featured on the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, where they discuss their collaboration for A Quiet Place, individual projects and balancing their marriage with parenthood and fame. Did I also mention the photoshoot? I don’t really need to.. I’m sure many of you have seen it already, but if not, you can now view it in the gallery.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – One of the defining moments in Emily Blunt and John Krasinski’s marriage happened unexpectedly during a cross-country flight in early 2017. Krasinski was on his way to meet with executives at Paramount about a script he had co-written and hoped to direct and star in — the high-concept thriller A Quiet Place. Blunt was immersed in preparations for a daunting new acting project, as the magical nanny in Disney’s sequel to one of its most beloved films, Mary Poppins. The couple had two healthy young daughters, a new home in Brooklyn and careers that were thriving — separately.
It seemed like a good idea to leave it that way. So Krasinski, after secretly writing a part for his wife, abandoned his plan to ask her to play it. “I decided the safest thing to do was just have this experience on my own,” says Krasinski of making A Quiet Place. He was afraid Blunt would say no — or, in a possibility that seemed even more mortifying, that she would say yes out of a sense of wifely duty rather than genuine enthusiasm. “I didn’t want this to be the one job that she was like, ‘Listen, I don’t know if I love this, but I love you, so I’ll do it.’ ”
Many congratulations to Emily, who has been nominated for her roles in A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns. I hope this will be a big awards season for her–and it would be much deserved if so. You can view the full list of SAG nominations by clicking here.
DEADLINE – Usually the SAG Awards are good for one or two out-of-left-field nominees in its movie competition, and you could say Emily Blunt’s double score for Lead Actress in Mary Poppins Returns and Supporting Actress in A Quiet Place might qualify.
Both are well-deserved, but few were predicting the latter, especially in a category that omitted more obvious choices such as Nicole Kidman; Claire Foy; and especially If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King, who has been cleaning up on the critics circuit. She was shut out along with her movie today, perhaps in favor of another, less-speculated contender, Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots, along with Blunt’s brilliant near-silent turn in A Quiet Place. Two years ago, Blunt also scored a stunner with SAG by gaining a Best Actress nomination for The Girl on the Train, which was the only major recognition she got for that role awards-wise.
Beyond the shakeup in the uber-competitive Supporting Actress race, the big news from SAG was the continuing strong move toward diversity in the Outstanding Cast category, which in the past few years has honored movies including The Help and Hidden Figures with big wins (last year it went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). This time around SAG not only welcomed the largely all-black cast of Black Panther but also Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and the first all Asian-American cast from a studio film in 25 years, Crazy Rich Asians. Add in the unexpected entrant here, Bohemian Rhapsody — which, in addition to its expected Best Actor nom for Rami Malek as Queen singer Freddie Mercury, also brought along its whole cast in a significant move that could portend a bigger showing at the Oscars than some might have thought. After all, actors are the biggest voting bloc in the Academy by far, and they have certainly embraced the musical biopic here, and movies with a heavy musical component in general, if you throw in A Star Is Born and Mary Poppins Returns.
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A Star Is Born’s inclusion for Cast was a no-brainer, and with four nominations overallm it predictably led all films this year and might be a nominal front-runner in what is still continuing to be a wide-open race this awards season. Panther’s nom, its only mention other than for Stunt Ensemble, reps a breakthrough for superhero movies and wouldn’t be a shocker to see its landmark cast onstage January 27th at the Shrine, when the winners are announced. Here’s an interesting point to make – and you can bet pundits will because we always do: Only two movies have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar without at least being nominated for SAG Outstanding Cast: Braveheart in 1995 and last year’s The Shape of Water, which many thought at the time spelled doom for Guillermo del Toro’s unique love story but obviously didn’t. For a few minutes the year before, we also thought La La Land had broken the SAG un-nominated Cast curse, but you know what happened there. Consider the fact that such presumed Oscar favorites as Green Book, The Favourite, Vice, Mary Poppins Returns, Roma and If Beale Street Could Talk are among those missing in action in the Cast category, and it certainly adds intrigue to the race.
Yesterday was a busy day for Emily on the promotional trail for Mary Poppins Returns, and she made another stop at the SiriusXM studios to discuss the film with Jess Cagle–this time joined by Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer (alongside the amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda). The video is likely to be uploaded very soon, so we will of course keep you posted on that. Enjoy the photos!
Logan Hill, veteran New York Times contributor, hosts an advance screening of the all-new original musical “Mary Poppins Returns,” followed by a conversation with Academy Award-nominated director Rob Marshall and Academy Award-nominated stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda. In this sequel to the beloved Disney classic, Mary Poppins returns to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.
Some new photos of Emily alongside director Rob Marshall and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the TimesTalk with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Cast in New York yesterday (Dec 3) have been uploaded to the gallery. Such a simple yet lovely look for Emily!