Marcia Gay Harden is ‘deeply sorry’ for insinuating that Judi Dench is unpleasant


Marcia Gay Harden gave a wonderful interview to Vulture a few weeks ago to mark the 20th anniversary of her surprise Oscar win for Pollock. Harden dished on what the awards season was like back then, what went into preparing for the night of the Oscars, how it felt to win, and all of the stuff that happened after the win. It was a really fun, enjoyable interview and Marcia served up some wonderful 20-year-old gossip about Ed Harris, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and more. She also indicated that one of the nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category was “displeased” with her win. The Vulture interviewer used the process of elimination to get Marcia to basically admit that she was talking about Judi Dench, who had been nominated for Chocolat that year. People got really mad at Marcia! They were mad that she dissed an international treasure who had lost her husband just a few months before that Oscar ceremony. So Marcia posted a message to her Instagram:

Marcia Gay Harden has apologized to Dame Judi Dench — claiming her comments about a past Oscars win were “misinterpreted.” Harden, 61, who recently spoke to Vulture about her 2001 Academy Award win for Best Support Actress in “Pollock,” appeared to suggest that fellow nominee Dench, 86, wasn’t pleased about the loss. Harden said Tuesday she is “deeply sorry” after the remarks went viral.

“In a recent interview, one of my answers that related to Dame Judith Dench was misinterpreted. I have never met Ms. Dench – though if I had, I am certain I would have found her to be as generous and supportive as she is respected,” Harden posted to Instagram this week.

Harden concluded her message Tuesday stating, “I am deeply sorry for anything that would have led anyone to think otherwise.”

[From Page Six]

I mean, I didn’t put it together that Judi was probably not in the best frame of mind at that Oscars because Michael Williams (her husband) passed away in January of that year. Perhaps Marcia had never put it together either until now? And besides, Marcia didn’t go into that interview trying to trash Judi. She was just gossiping about that night and how she felt like one of the nominees was kind unpleasant towards her. Whatever. She apologized. This is why we can never have good celebrity gossip anymore! Celebrities used to trash other celebrities in interviews all the time. I miss that.

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  1. Darla says:

    Remember when Clooney totally trashed Leo, and by name, in that interview? Damn that was good stuff. I don’t care what people cried about here, I have always liked Marcia and still do. Dench has her little history of defending sexual predators, she’s no Queen. Oh, wait…well, she’s no angel!

  2. nicegirl says:


  3. Soupie says:

    I like them both, although Judi has been problematic. Still, I loved her project about trees and it made me really like her. Fascinating. Who knows who it was? Who cares? People are people, we’re all flawed with good and bad qualities.

  4. Noki says:

    I remember Jennifer Lopez had such a big mouth🤣she would give her unfiltered opinions about anybody. I wonder if media training has become more standard or because of social media things get put out there quicker so celebs are more inclined to bite their tongie.

  5. Plums says:

    It probably was Judi and MGH was probably mortified when she learned about the recent widowhood in reactions to her fun, dishy interview.

  6. tealily says:

    Oh, I wish she hadn’t apologized! I’d like to think there was some 20 year old rivalry between the two of them. Haha!

    • Jenn says:

      Well, and MGH has nothing to apologize for! She was giving her impressions of that night. No big deal!

  7. Valerie says:

    I’ve no doubt that Judi is an unpleasant person. Why should she have to walk back her opinion? Was this apology demanded by royal decree on behalf of the Dame herself? Eyeroll.

  8. Julia K says:

    Gossip used to be fun and for the most part, harmless. The “word police” has made us all fearful. Being politically correct is the new normal. Everyone has to apologize for just a simple malaprop. I still like people who say what they feel, damn the critics. My spellchecker is even turning on me: changed my damn to darn.

  9. Paperleaf says:

    Everything sticks around forever; tweets from 10 years back are being used to cancel people. Personally I wouldn’t risk anything if I were famous, but sure, it makes things less interesting for us. People who lose their tempers and feel justified to do so will still stay stuff though: randomly, e.g., Channing Tatum and that British guy who dated Diana Agron not paying his friend rent money.