After winning the Golden Globe for BBC America’s telefilm “Gideon’s Daughter” at the 2007 ceremony, then-23-year-old Emily Blunt walked up on the stage like a deer in the headlights. “Oh God,” the up-and-coming actress said as she looked out at the crowd of A-list movie stars and TV legends. “Thank you so much. This is — Whoo!” Blunt nervously shouted as she waved her hand in the air. Watch the fun flashback video above.
“This was a film very close to my heart,” she continued. “It was a film for anyone who’s ever had a child and anyone who’s ever had a parent. It was just incredibly moving.” Blunt won the Best TV Supporting Actress trophy for “Gideon’s Daughter” for playing the estranged child of ace publicist Gideon (Bill Nighy). She beat out fellow nominees Toni Collette (“Tsunami: The Aftermath”), Katherine Heigl (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Sarah Paulson (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) and Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”).
Nighy also took home a Golden Globe for the project in the category of Best TV Movie/Mini Actor. After finding him in the crowd, Blunt smiled, “Thank you, Bill Nighy. I love you so much. And thank you for cringing me out as best you could at any opportunity.” At the podium Blunt also thanked her co-star Miranda Richardson and the film’s writer/director Stephen Poliakoff before quickly stepping off-stage.
Now 35 years old, Blunt has four other Golden Globe nominations to her name for “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “The Young Victoria” (2009), “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2011) and “Into the Woods” (2014). That tally is likely to increase this year as she’s a contender for both “Mary Poppins Returns” in Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress and “A Quiet Place” in Best Film Supporting Actress.
In our recent interview with Blunt, she told us that her goal with the “Mary Poppins” sequel was not to imitate original star Julie Andrews but rather to “carve out my own space for myself” and “do my own version of her.” Blunt is also earning Oscar buzz for her take on the iconic British nanny character.
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