Monday, February 25, 2008

And the winner is...

by G.M. Malliet

Photo grabbed from the Daily Mail

Helen Mirren. Last night, she won the Oscar for best dress, best makeup, and best-looking actress over the age of 25. I was surprised to learn she lives in California. I think to all of us, she will forever be Jane Tennyson, charging around the mean streets of London, and looking decidedly more haggard than she did last night.

On another awards front, yesterday the Telegraph came out with a list of the top 50 mystery writers of all time, and I'm sure they're still regretting it. Because...there were some serious omissions to this list, apart from the fact no Midnight Ink authors made the list. The most glaring omission was P.D. James (I have met Ms. James and she, like Helen Mirren, scores off the chart in the charm category), but there were others. See for yourself.


Mark Terry said...

I thought Helen Mirren looked spectacular myself--and with no Botox!

Nina Wright said...

Helen Mirren IS the queen of the silver screen. Thank you, Gin, for celebrating her beauty, talent, confidence, and above all *class*. To watch her is to witness a woman in her full glory.

I also share your wonder at the omission of P.D. James from the Telegraph's list. It boggles my mind.


Keith Raffel said...

Any list of crime writers that omits the two Ross's -- Macdonald and Thomas -- is bogus from the beginning.

Mark Terry said...

Yeah, it's hard to get better than "Voodoo, Ltd", "Out On The Rim" and "Chinaman's Chance" by Ross Thomas.

And now that I think of it, was Dick Francis missing from that list?

G.M. Malliet said...

Dick Francis was indeed missing, and that's a shame, too. He's a genius at creating characters one can root for.