Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blunt words for Meryl Streep and her Oscar

Emily Blunt waxes ecstatic over her "Devil Wears Prada" co-star Meryl Streep's Academy Award win.

Blunt words for Meryl Streep and her Oscar

Emily Blunt was in her pajamas watching the Academy Awards telecast Sunday evening at her home in L.A. (Or so she says -- she was dressed by the time she arrived at George Clooney’s post-Oscar bash.) And then, near the end of the ceremonies, when Meryl Streep came up to accept her Oscar for best actress, Blunt was cheering.

 “Heaven – her acceptance speech was heaven!” says Blunt, whose first big splash in movies was opposite Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt was the cold, cool personal assistant to Streep’s commanding fashion mag editor in the 2006 release.

 “Meryl is so authentic,” says Blunt, in town the other day talking up her soon-coming Ewan McGregor rom-com, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. “Everything that comes out of her mouth is felt. She isn’t  jaded by it all. I think she lives a very separate life from the industry.”

In case you missed it, Streep merrily dissed everybody watching the Oscarcast who might have said, “Oh no, not her again,” and then thanked her husband, the sculptor Don Gummer, noting that spouses are typically cited on the butt-end of an acceptance speech.

Blunt recalled her work with La Streep on Prada: “It was really intimidating, the thought of working with Meryl, because she’s Meryl Streep. And I’m sure, even people who have been doing it for years are kind of mildly terrified at the prospect of attempting to keep up with her. But I think what she brings out of you will end up being some of the best stuff that you do in your career…. She makes everyone raise their game.”

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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