With awards season heating up, this past week saw some of this year’s hopeful contenders make their New York bows at glam events to drum up hype.
In short, this week was a busy one.
Sunday saw the The Weinstein’s Marilyn Monroe love letter, “My Week With Marilyn,” premiere at the Paris Theater with its star Michelle Williams in attendance. Monday, Julianne Moore paid tribute to her good friend Ellen Barkin’s brave performance in the Sundance award-winner “Another Happy Day” by hosting an event in her honor. Tuesday, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton showed up in Lower Manhattan in support of her buzzed-about turn in “We Need to Talk About Kevin.” And Thursday, Cannes darling “The Artist,” was met with lots of love at its New York premiere, again at the Paris.
We caught up with “The Artist” supporting player Penelope Ann Miller at the premiere after party to ask whether the silent black and white film has the potential to cross-over.
“As they say, silence is golden,” she said. “Moviegoers are craving to go back to the beginning and why we fell in love with movies. To take it back to the simplicity and the beauty of filmmaking is really incredible.”
As it happens, Miller came to “The Artist” with an advantage the other actors didn’t have: She played silent film star Edna Purviance in “Chaplin” alongside Robert Downey, Jr.
“You could say I’m the go-to girl,” Miller said.