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There Is Nothing Like A Dame

February 22, 2014

Occurring two weeks prior to Oscar, Helen Mirren seems to have capped the awards season in a definitive way by referencing Shakespeare’s Tempest at last weekends BAFTA Awards.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air.
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself – 
Yea, all which it inherit – shall dissolve,
And like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

The 2014 BAFTAs were indeed baffling. Britain claimed Gravity as its own because of its British producer, David Heymn; yet, there was no mention during the evening of Sir Isaac Newton. Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director, yet 12 Years A Slave was chosen Best Picture. A decade into the 21st century, these insubstantial pageants by rights should fade. Yet they remain such stuff as our dreams continue to be made of.


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  1. I love that final passage in The Tempest and adored Helen Mirren’s Prospero (Prospera?).


  2. One of my faves as well. Thanks, Alice…


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