Evan Rachel Wood as that voracious, villainous Veda in 'Mildred Pierce' [Video]
Evan Rachel Wood looks like a good bet to nab an Emmy nomination for "Mildred Pierce." The HBO miniseries was a huge, critically hailed TV event, and the original 1945 film had a strong awards pedigree. Joan Crawford won her Oscar as Mildred, of course, and it looks like Kate Winslet is a shoo-in to win the Emmy. Ann Blyth was nominated in Oscar's supporting slot for the same role portrayed by Wood today: the whiny, ungrateful, status-scheming daughter of a single mom struggling to survive the Great Depression. Whether or not Wood wins will depend largely on who is nominated against her.
Wood's gutsy adaptation of Veda caused much, ahem, excitement thanks to a nude scene she did at the urging of Winslet. Why did she do it? Is she happy that she did? The scene was part of a steamy twist in the updated plot that you won't find in the 1945 film -– or the original novel by James M. Cain that was banned in Boston and a few other U.S. cities.
Expect "Mildred Pierce" to receive scads of other Emmy nominations, including best mini/movie. (The two categories will be combined this year.)
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Photo: Evan Rachel Wood and Kate Winslet in "Mildred Pierce." Credit: HBO