“Grace of Monaco” made a dramatic Hollywood comeback when Emmy nominations were announced on July 16. To the surprise of most pundits, it earned a nomination for Best TV Movie.
The film stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly during the time when Kelly was the princess of Monaco and her husband, Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), was in conflict with French president Charles de Gaulle (André Penvern).
Originally intended for theatrical release, the film never made it to theaters. The production was troubled by criticisms from Kelly’s children, a behind-the-scenes battle for final cut and a chilly reception at the Cannes Film Festival where it premiered in 2014. But despite being written off by almost everybody, Lifetime took a chance on it and aired it on May 25, just in time to make it eligible at the Emmys. However, few award-watchers anticipated it would get big hugs from the TV academy. According to our Editors and Users at the time, if Lifetime was going to break into this category, it was supposed to be for “Whitney” or “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” not “Grace.”
Sometimes the Emmys are not about who wins or loses. They’re about the industry tattling on itself, revealing feelings about family members. Sometimes the story behind the film is more important than the story on the screen. That’s “Grace of Monaco” – a real cinema Cinderella story. In the end, she’ll get to go to the dance – Emmy’s Governors’ Ball – with or without a trophy, regardless of who ends up winning. Further proof that happy endings are sometimes real in Hollywood.
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Photo: Nicole Kidman in “Grace of Monaco.” Credit: Snap Stills/REX