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Dame Helen Mirren, 76, is the same age as my mom which makes me look forward to growing older, honestly. Helen was honored with the Life Achievement Award at the SAGs last night. The montage of her work is here, it’s well worth watching and reminded me of how many movies I’ve seen her in! She wore a scoop neck long sleeve pink Prada gown with pink and white flower appliques. I really liked her big pink headband and am wondering if I need one. I don’t know if I would have the nerve to pull a giant headband off but they’re definitely in style.
Helen’s speech was masterful in that she was so entertaining and she seemed completely comfortable. You know that she memorized and rehearsed it but the fact that it flowed so easily is a testament to how she has honed her craft. She talked about the process of how she became an actor, first being inspired by the greats and then putting the work in. My favorite line was around 2:45 when she said that being an actor is not about vanity but about emotional labor and shared experiences, essentially. “Together we laugh, we weep, we worry, we change clothes, we throw up and we suffer diarrhea. Don’t you? I do.” I love her.
Presenter Salma Hayek was also in a pink gown, in am expertly gathered and draped satin Gucci. For Salma this is quite good and I like that she’s wearing polka dot mesh gloves, they’re such a throwback. Salma seemed a little tipsy in her red carpet interview but she did fine on stage.
Here’s Helen’s speech!