Katie Holmes-Cruise Makes Surprise Appearance for Mirren
By P.J. Stratton
Actress Helen Mirren is in for a long award season.
The seasoned veteran is already getting double-barreled accolades for portraying both Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II in separate movies even before the onslaught of the Oscars and Golden Globes.
The unprecedented situation became apparent at the recent WIN Awards, where Mirren won Outstanding Actress in both the Film and TV Movie/Miniseries categories – a feat which may be repeated at the Globes, which also have film and TV categories. In addition, she is a front-runner in the Academy Award best actress race for her performance in “The Queen.”
One half of TomKat made a surprise appearance, as the trim and fit Katie Holmes-Cruise accepted an award on behalf of Mirren, who has been filming in London, at the Women’s Image Network Awards. The appearance served as a brief time-out for the former “Dawson’s Creek”-er just before she left for Italy for her palatial wedding to Cruise and reported honeymoon in the Maldives.
Holmes-Cruise mentioned working with Mirren in 1999’s “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” and shared her deep admiration and friendship with the English star. “She is a fantastic role model and a wonderful human being.”
Not all women have as easy of a time getting noticed as Holmes-Cruise, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who was feted as Woman of Year at the WIN gala.
Boxer said women were still not getting the recognition they deserve and often had to find encouragement that society does not always provide. “Women have to find their inner applause,” she said. But additional support from friends and family often prove helpful, the Senator said. “We need to have someone cheering us on and giving us confidence.”
Phyllis Nagy, who honed her directing and writing skills in England, took the honor of best woman director.
Mary McDonnell, who won for top TV drama actress for “Battlestar Galactica,” said her inspiration was her son. He encouraged her to take the part of President Laura Roslin and make it her own even though it meant three years on location in Canada.
Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Martha Luttrell co-chaired the studded event that presented awards for film, television and advertising work dispelling stereotypes and enhancing the image of women.
Proceeds from the 2006 gala will enable WIN to launch a new program, A Day in A Life, which will mentor at-risk girls, many in foster care.
WIN Award Winners 2006
Outstanding Made for Television Movie…Mrs. Harris – HBO
Outstanding Lead Actress in Miniseries or Movie…Helen Mirren – Elizabeth 1 – HBO
Outstanding Lead Actor in Miniseries or Movie…Robert Carlyle – Human Trafficking – Lifetime
Outstanding Comedy Series…The Office – NBC
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series…Jenna Fischer – The Office – NBC
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series…Clark Gregg – The New Adventures of Old Christine – CBS
Outstanding Documentary Film…Born Into Brothels – HBO/Cinemax Reel Life
Outstanding Film Outstanding Film or Show Produced by a Woman…Campus Ladies – Oxygen Media – Executive Producers; Christen Sussin, Carrie Aizley, Cheryl Hines
Outstanding Film or Show Directed by a Woman…Phyllis Nagy – Mrs. Harris – HBO
Outstanding Reality Series…Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance – Oxygen Media
Outstanding Drama Series…The Closer – TNT
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series…Mary McDonnell – Battlestar Galactica Sci-Fi Channel
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series…Bill Paxton – Big Love – HBO
Outstanding Feature Film…Water – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Feature Film…Helen Mirren – The Queen – Miramax Films
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Feature Film…Ralph Fiennes – The Constant Gardner – Focus Features
Photo Caption: WIN CEO Phyllis Stuart, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Actress Katie Holmes