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Angela Lansbury to Receive First Academy Award


The Governors Awards are one of the side events of the three-ring circus that is the Oscars, honorary and humanitarian awards carved out of the larger broadcast in 2009 and presented in a separate ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year’s honorees, which include Steve Martin and Angelina Jolie… and Angela Lansbury, for whom this will be her first Oscar.

Lansbury, familiar to many from well, the list is long. Depending on how old you are, you might remember her best as Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast), Jessica Fletcher (Murder, She Wrote), Eglantine Price (Bedknobs and Broomsticks), or even Nancy Oliver in 1944 Gaslight. Despite a seventy plus year career, she’s only ever been nominated for supporting actress Oscars (for Gaslight, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Manchurian Candidate), never winning. Lansbury, Martin, and costume designer Piero Tosi will receive an Academy Honorary Award for the “indelible” contributions they’ve made to cinema.

Jolie, on the other hand, will be awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, for her efforts with the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as the Special Envoy of High Commissioner António Guterres. Congratulations to both ladies, and especially to a long overdue statuette to the lady behind my beloved Eglantine Price, the Nazi-fighting, kid tolerating, Disney witch I grew up wanting to be.

(via Deadline.)

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  • Joie Young

    Basically everything I ever wanted to be when I grew up, too. LOVE Angela Lansbury. Also, if you’ve never seen her in THE COURT JESTER, get thee to a movie store, now!

  • Glitchy

    And don’t forget, the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle. The Chalice from the Palace is the brew that is true.

  • Joie Young

    Oh, but SIRE! I’m not lu lu luing, I’m willow willow wailing!
    Also – life could not better be on a medieval spree.

    (MY PEOPLE!)

  • Sara Glassman

    I STILL want to be Eglantine Price.

  • Robert Vary

    But they BROKE the chalice from the palace!

  • Joie Young

    And replaced it with a flagon – with a figure of a DRAGON! Now the pellet with the poison is in the flagon with the dragon!

  • Jim

    I have to go research what POSSIBLE reason they had for NOT giving it to her for Manchurian Candidate.

  • Anonymous

    Angela Lansbury, how old is she?

    I remember “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” fondly (together with that other witch Mary Poppins, yes, she is a witch!) but today’s witch are so much cooler! ;-9 ;-9

    Read the “Spook” series by Joseph Delaney (and avoid the up-coming Hollywood movie version with Jeff Bridges!)!

  • Mark Brown

    What happened to the goblet with the goblin?

  • Anonymous

    Angela Lansbury was NINETEEN when she made Gaslight. When she’s onscreen, you can’t take your eyes off her. She more than held her own with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
    This Oscar’s long overdue.

  • Anonymous

    Angela Lansbury was NINETEEN when she made Gaslight. When she’s onscreen, you can’t take your eyes off her. She more than held her own with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
    This Oscar’s long overdue.

  • Anonymous

    Angela Lansbury was NINETEEN when she made Gaslight. When she’s onscreen, you can’t take your eyes off her. She more than held her own with Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman.
    This Oscar’s long overdue.

  • Elias Algorithm

    So that pads another half hour. Don’t get me wrong, she’s certainly earned it.

  • Charles Ranier

    Angela Lansbury was my mother’s favorite actress. They looked a lot alike, face shape wise. This news pleases me greatly.

    Also don’t forget her playing Queen Anne in the original 3 Musketeers movie with Gene Kelly and Lana Turner!

  • Anonymous

    Yeay Angela Lansbury! I’ve known her for many roles, but I watched plenty of Murder, she wrote with my parents. My mom’s fav. quote is something like
    Character” Sometimes I think I’m the angel of death.”
    Mrs. Fletcher “I know how you feel.”
    I can’t find where it came from though, so I think she made it up :D

    I found this while I was looking for that quote though…
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/marcelle/16-reasons-you-must-revisit-murder-she-wrote-82mt

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    Princess Guinevere FTW, so glad I’m not the only to come here for this!