Meryl Streep as Julia Child: Golden Globes and SAG nominations
Congratulations to Meryl Streep for her Golden Globes and SAG nominations for her portrayal as Julia Child in Julie and Julia.
For me, she along with Stanley Tucci as Paul were the highlights of the movie, and I could have watched a whole film just about the Childs.
Well done and well deserved.
I think one of the things I admire about Julia Child is that she spoke her own mind. She was honest. So she didn't think much of Julie Powell. I have no problem with that.
As for McDonald's fries... Julia was right, the fries didn't taste better at first when McD's made the switch... and McD's recognized that. So they did something deceitful. They issued a slogan saying their fries were fried in 100% vegetable oil, which was true... and left out the fact the fries had been coated with animal suet before they were frozen...
I just saw the movie - ordered it on Pay-per-view. It was really enjoyable.
But near the end, when a reporter tells Julie that Julia doesn't like her (Julie's) blog, is that part true?
That bummed me out, because I Julie was such a fan of Julia, and had so much respect for her, that it must have really stung when her idol brushed her off so carelessly.
Yes, it's true, according to Julie Powell's book and Judith Jones. Juila could have a prickly side. During the Charlie Rose interview with Nora Ephron and Meryl Streep, the latter mentioned that Julia unceremoniously brushed off a request that she endorse a program with which Ms. Streep volunteered. If I'm remembering correctly it was something to do with educating kids about good nutrition. On Julia's later TV shows, she frequently scorned the widespread admonitions about limiting fat intake. It seems as though she took them as a personal criticism.
I agree that it seems like Julia took personal offense when anyone wanted to discuss, much less act on, limiting fats in foods.
I listened to a radio interview she did in the early '90's on CBC, and she was appalled at McDonald's for changing the way they cooked their french fries.
McDonald's stopped using one oil, replacing it with a much healthier oil (remember?), and she said after that they tasted terrible, and that the man who made that decision, whom she named, should be shot or hung or some such thing.
She said it a few times too, like she just couldn't believe what he had done to those fries, and that he should never be forgiven.
She was a pistol.
Not for Julie and Julia, but he did get nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Lovely Bones (Golden Globes).
I thought he was wonderful in the film and just as good as Meryl. And in light of the fact that his wife passed away in May, his performance seemed just that much more poignant.