The new October 2013 issue of UK Empire magazine has a new interview with Naomi to promote Diana, and thanks to our friend Celyn we have some exclusive scans from it for you! Not only is it a new interview, but they also include a new still from the movie, plus a previously unseen photo from this 2012 photoshoot, in which Naomi looks absolutely beautiful. She also talks a bit about her upcoming projects Birdman and St Vincents, some of her older films and career choices, the directors she’s worked with and those she’d like to work with (Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne – excellent choices), and her friendship with Nicole … all in all, it’s a pretty fantastic and in depth interview and a must-read!! So here are the scans….
Congratulations to Naomi for scoring a nomination for Choice Movie Actress: Drama for The Impossible at the Teen Choice Awards!
Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Halle Berry, “The Call”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Carey Mulligan, “The Great Gatsby”
Emma Watson, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
The winners will be announced during the ceremony to be held on August 11th. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Fox, at 8-10pm. THR report that hosts, performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced shortly.
Congratulations to Naomi for picking up yet another award nomination for The Impossible, this time from the Empire Awards. Tom Holland also scores a much deserved nomination for Best Male Newcomer. The London based awards body will hold their ceremony in that city on Sunday March 24th, and fans can –> vote for their winners online <-- in the run-up.
Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Best Male Newcomer
Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina)
Rafe Spall (Life Of Pi)
Steve Oram (Sightseers)
Suraj Sharma (Life Of Pi)
Tom Holland (The Impossible)
Naomi Watts shares Oscars secrets
Naomi Watts has picked up a few little tricks since first walking the Oscars red carpet as a nominee with Heath Ledger almost a decade ago.
It is the world’s most glamorous walk.
To get the invite to the Dolby Theatre and earn the second Oscar nomination of her career, Watts had anything but a glamorous walk.
For weeks, Watts, playing a tsunami survivor in The Impossible, had to trudge through deep mud in fields constructed in Thailand to replicate a disaster zone.
Watts, 44, didn’t complain about the knee-deep mud.
She loved it because it helped her become Maria Belon, the Spanish doctor and mother whose terrifying survival story in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami is told in The Impossible.
‘You would walk out on to those sets in Thailand in the middle of nowhere and see the set stretch for miles and miles and the level of detail was just mind-blowing,’ Watts, speaking at another glamour event, the recent Oscar Nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, said.
Naomi’s Impossible dream for Oscars
NAOMI Watts believes her Oscar nomination for the Thai tsunami drama, The Impossible, is important for reasons that go well beyond the glamour of the 85th Academy Awards.
”If it helps the film, that makes me extra happy because it was the greatest natural disaster of our time and it’s important that people get to learn about that story,” she said. ”When it took place in 2004, we knew it was going on, but I don’t know that we fully understood it. I think the film helped us get closer to understanding it.”
Watts is nominated for her emotional performance as a doctor separated from her family by the tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people. She considers the Spanish doctor whose story inspired the film, Maria Belon, to be a friend for life after working closely together to make The Impossible.
”Her story is just one part of a massive story and she kept saying that to me,” Watts said in Los Angeles. ”It was very much her story – it never deviated for entertainment value or shock value. The responsibility was not just to honour her story but everyone’s.”
On The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona: “I absolutely loved working with him. It was clear to me in our first meeting that he’s just full of passion, with this his story in particular. He did a huge amount of preparation. . . . His research was extensive. He and his producer showed me so much material, and the way they spoke about it, more importantly, I could feel how deeply connected they were with it, and with Maria, the woman who I play, and how important it was to tell her story with the utmost truth and never deviating from it. Basically everything you saw on the screen was blow-by-blow what happened to her and her family. Despite the fact that he came from genre film, while he honors that a little bit, he’s still staying very close to the truth and not creating things for shock or entertainment value. He’s one of the most exciting directors I’ve worked with, and I see incredible things coming from him.”
On her fellow Australian nominees this year: “It’s a great year for Australia! Very exciting. I’ve only seen Jacki [Weaver] once, but I’ve seen quite a bit of Hugh [Jackman], and it really does become exciting when you see fellow actors achieving this kind of recognition and you just sort of pinch each other and say, ‘Look at this — is this really happening?’”
On whether she’s been preparing for the Oscars: “No on the Oscar preparation! In fact, I just arrived here and saw those gold statues and thought, ‘Oh, wow. This is really a flashback.’ It’s the first time it hit home that it’s actually happened.”
On being the only person from The Impossible to receive an Oscar nomination: “A lot of people went unrecognized. I don’t know why that happened. Maybe not enough people have seen the film.”
- Buzz Sugar
Naomi Watts Reflects on an Odds-Defying Career (Exclusive Video)
The actress, being celebrated for her work in “The Impossible,” laughingly recalled that after “King Kong” she vowed to “never do something that physical again.”
On Jan. 5 I moderated the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s special tribute to Naomi Watts, just hours before the fest presented her with its Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award for her performance in The Impossible, for which she since has received her second career best actress Oscar nomination. Her previous nomination, for 21 Grams, came nine years ago, shortly after she received another honor from the Palm Springs fest. She is the only person in the event’s history to be honored twice.
Over the course of about 35 minutes, I asked Watts about her life and career, and, as you can see in the video at the top of this post (provided by the fest), she couldn’t have been more lovely or candid.
Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts Want to Work Together, Can’t Find Right Movie Project
The last and only time Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts appeared in a movie together was in the 1991 indie Flirting.
Considering what besties they are, one would think they would have reunited on the big screen by now.
Sadly, they haven’t. But it’s not like they don’t want to.
“We’re looking,” Kidman told me at the Producers Guild of America Awards.
In fact, Watts added, “We’ve been looking for a long time now. But both of us have…picky tastes. It has to be the right piece.”
Kidman pleaded with a smile, “Somebody think of something, please!”
Not that the two aren’t busy enough. Both just wrapped films in which they play two of the most iconic princesses in modern history. Kidman stars as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco and Watts as Princess Diana in Diana.
“You said we were going to have a princess party,” Kidman said to Watts.
Watts quickly responded, “I was joking, but maybe we’ll have a tea party kind of thing.”
Naomi Watts was moved to tears after it was announced that she is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “The Impossible,” but it was not because of the Academy’s recognition of her acting skills.
The movie is based on a true story. Watts and Ewan McGregor play a husband and wife who go on vacation with their children in Thailand and then become separated after the devastating tsunami that destroyed parts of the area in 2004.
The actress has been keeping in touch with the woman who inspired her character, Spanish doctor Maria Belon, and said she contacted her on the day of the Oscar nominations, on January 10.
“She sent me an email,” Watts told OTRC.com. “She writes beautifully. She always writes great letters and they always make me cry and of course this one was no exception. I received it a couple of hours ago and she said, ‘I love, love, love, love you and now I love, love, love, love the Academy.’”
Watts is nominated for Best Leading Actress, along with Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour” and Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” This is Watts’ second Oscar nomination — she received her first nod for her role in the 2003 film “21 Grams.”
Naomi Watts reveals Oscars prep
Naomi Watts says the best thing to do in Los Angeles during awards season is “to go swim in the sea”.
The star has been nominated for a best actress award at next month’s Oscars for her role in The Impossible.
The native Australian revealed her best-kept secret for pre-ceremony prepping is to return to her roots by heading for a dip in the sea.
“[My best kept secret about LA during awards season is...] If I have time to go swim in the sea, it is always the best thing,” Naomi revealed to the US edition of Vanity Fair. “But often there isn’t the time, so I would say eight glasses of water a day and get as much sleep as you can get. Also small meals throughout the day – carry nuts in your purse.”