This year's convention season has boasted some time-tested big-screen performers on both ends of the spectrum: at the RNC, Clint Eastwood gave his rendition of The Invisible Man, while the DNC offered up Kal Penn taking on The Social Network (#sexyface). But the most moving performance of the lot didn't come from someone with a history on the screen or stage — it came from Michelle Obama. On Tuesday night, the first lady declared her love, support, and admiration for her husband and children in a speech that, politics aside, had to have left the heavy majority of viewers in a pool of tears.
The woman really knows how to move an audience. It wasn't just a well-written and earnest testament to hard work and family values, but a decidedly well-delivered one. Mrs. Obama handled the whole ordeal with impressive expertise; her enunciation, her perfectly timed pauses, her majestic command of vocal tempo... she knows her way around a speech. And if the first lady is this skilled just standing behind a podium, maybe she wouldn't do too shabby on the set of a movie?
We're all wondering where the future will take Michelle Obama, whether her husband wins a second term or not. Perhaps Michelle herself will get into the political game? Maybe she'll expand her work promoting healthy lifestyles for the American people? Those ideas are fine, but we're thinking bigger! Flashier! Something truly worthy of the first lady's camera-friendly skills. We're thinking showbiz!
Michelle has already taken her first steps into the pool of acting: in 2011, she made a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon series iCarly, playing herself. But that's small potatoes compared to what she's capable of — prime time! And she'd better get in on the action soon; Ann Romney has already been offered a spot on Modern Family. So what sort of role is best suited to launch the FLOTUS into the Hollywood world?
As Michelle proved with the anecdote about the early days of riding around in Barack's broken down jalopy, she can earn a laugh or two. Plenty of today's greatest dramatic film stars started out as comedic players on TV: Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, George Clooney, Bronson Pinchot. So why not try her hand at guest starring on a sitcom?On a fifth season episode of Parks and Recreation, Michelle Obama guest stars as park-hating Councilwoman Deborah Humphries, who challenges her new co-councilor Leslie Knope at every turn when it comes to issues of natural preservation. It doesn't take long for Leslie to find out that Deborah's aversion toward the maintenance of public grounds stems from her own father's obsession with keeping parks clean... an obsession that drove him to madness.After a few of these roles, perhaps as a nutrition teacher on Community or a mentally unbalanced new roommate for Dave and Max on Happy Endings when they realize they can't feasibly afford that apartment on their own (and maybe a spot on the How I Met Your Mother finale as the final answer to the show's perpetual riddle), she might be able to take a step toward genre expansion with a dramedy...On a second season episode of Girls, Michelle Obama guest stars as New York University literature professor Selma Winter who inspires Shoshanna to explore other sources of inspiration beyond Sex & the City, effectively turning the young girl's life upside down... much to the chagrin of her cousin Jessa and friends Hannah and Marnie. But when the gang approaches Prof. Winter about her influence on Shoshanna, they find themselves equally changed by her wisdom.Following a self-effacing cameo on Veep and an appearance on Louie as an element of star Louis C.K.'s fever dream, Michelle can find herself on the road to straight drama.On a sixth season episode of Mad Men, Michelle Obama guest stars as Don Draper's ultimate rival: in an era where African-Americans face tireless oppression, Obama's character Janine Phillips has earned a role at the head of a rival ad agency's creative department. She's better than Don will ever be — and perhaps just as tortured by a haunting past of poverty and abusive parents. Can Richard Whitman accept that a new Don Draper has blossomed in the industry?And all it'll take from here is a turn on Breaking Bad playing an FBI Agent on the hunt for Walter White, or a Game of Thrones sorceress more powerful than the dragons themselves, and she'll be able to make the transition... to movies.
Now that she's exhibited her versatility with television, Michelle can break right into big name blockbusters. Who knows what sort of characters the indexes of J. R. R. Tolkien will bring to Peter Jackson's third The Hobbit movie? Perhaps producers will find a certain Mockingjay role perfect for Michelle in time for the third and fourth The Hunger Games movies? And there's got to be a Marvel villain the first lady can tackle in The Avengers 2. But speaking of superhero flicks...Michelle Obama joins the cast of the developing Justice League movie as Wonder Woman, embodying the strength and insuperability of the D.C. heroine, with a humanity that audiences couldn't imagine coming from anyone but Lynda Carter.Of course, there's always room for an voiceover role when it comes to big stars...Michelle Obama takes a role in the sequel to Finding Nemo, playing a misunderstood octopus named Edna, whose foreboding presence has prevented her from making any of the friends she's always dreamed of... until she meets the warmhearted Dory and sprightly young Nemo.And yes... a zany, slapsticky comedy is unavoidable...Michelle Obama accepts a part in The Hangover Part III as the head of the insane asylum wherein Zach Galifianakis' character is held, and is hell bent on making sure his cronies don't help him escape.Finally, Michelle's tour-de-force. An original project, written and directed by Mrs. Obama herself, about the trials and tribulations of being the first lady... in the year 3015.Michelle Obama taps into the works of Ray Bradbury and George Orwell to set up a science-fiction dystopia in her original project First Lady, Last Hope, in which she stars as the title character — Rochelle Amabo — a first lady who discovers a dreadful government cover up, unbeknownst to her presidential husband (played by Will Smith) and must stop at nothing to ensure justice for her country's people.And there you have it. A career on the rise. As you can see, long after her stay in the White House, Michelle Obama will have plenty of career opportunities. Let's just hope Sasha doesn't follow suit... child actors never turn out quite right.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 19, 2000 - Rene Russo, the actress, didn't win any awards for her head-turning performance in "The Thomas Crown Affair." But tonight here at the Beverly Hilton, Rene Russo, the haircut, did. Welcome to the first-ever Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards, where the above-the-title stars take back seats to behind-the-scenes primping professionals.
Yes, it was the beauty folks' turn to make Oscar-like acceptance speeches and bask in the praise of thankful A-list celebrities who they've made look good, "day after day, year after year, facelift after facelift," as host Rita Rudner drolly put it.
"It's the American dream that I've heard so much about. It's happening to me right now," hair stylist Enzo Angileri said, accepting the so-called Georgie award for doing Russo's do in "Thomas Crown," named best contemporary hairstyling work.
Decades ago, hair and make-up people were treated like celebrities themselves. But the list of big names attending the awards ceremony showed that, while movie and TV beauticians may no longer make it into the gossip columns, they nonetheless are held in high esteem by those who do.
"It's an art form," said actor Billy Bob Thornton, an award presenter. As if to prove that point, Thornton showed up in full make-up (complete with oily gray hair) and costume (a Slim Whitman-meets-Colonel Sanders outfit) from "Waking Up In Reno," a film he's now shooting, in which he plays an aging country singer.
"A lot of people don't realize how much time we spend in make-up, how many hours we spend being literally transformed by these artists," he said.
Other name brands handing trophies included: Holly Hunter, Brendan Fraser (greeted by cat-calls from the audience), Ellen Burstyn, Mimi Rogers, and cast members from TV shows like "That 70's Show," "Freaks and Geeks," and "Providence." Before the event, crowds of fans and electronic lined the Beverly Hilton lobby as the stars rolled in.
Tony Curtis presented the lifetime achievement award to makeup artist Monty Westmore, who recently retired after a 50-plus-year career that included more than 100 films, ranging from "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogart to the forthcoming "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey.
Unlike the Oscars, which have been plagued by mishaps this year despite 72 years of experience, the Georgies basically survived their first go-round with almost no problems. Ballots were mailed out to the 1,100 members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 706, who voted on the 17 different award categories. And the golden statuettes, which look vaguely Oscar-like, didn't disappear en route to the event.
But note the phrase: Almost no problems. Amid the celebration, two important items were missing: The champagne and sunglasses. The champagne ordered for the ceremonies never arrived, and was believed to have been delivered to another hotel. And the Calvin Klein shades that were to be supplied by the designer label and given out to the presenters, also were no-shows.
When informed of this caper, actress Christina Applegate (of "Jesse" fame) was understandably dejected.
"Was I supposed to get some glasses?" Applegate said. "Darn."
Here's a complete look at the night's winners:
Best Contemporary Makeup (Feature) Toni G and Will Huff "The General's Daughter."
Best Period Makeup (Feature) Leonard Engleman, "Tea With Mussolini."
Best Character Makeup (Feature) Kevin Yagher, Peter Owen, Elizabeth Tag and Paul Gooch, "Sleepy Hollow."
Best Effects Makeup (Feature) Greg Cannom and Wesley Wofford, "Bicentennial Man."
Best Contemporary Hair Styling (Feature) Enzo Angileri "The Thomas Crown Affair."
Best Period Hair Styling (Feature) Vivian McAteer, for Cher in "Tea With Mussolini." Television TELEVISION
Best Contemporary Makeup (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) James MacKinnon and Stephanie Fowler, "Thank You Providence," "Providence."
Best Period Makeup (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf, Kevin Westmore and LaVerne Basham, "Triangle," "The X-Files."
Best Character Makeup (Television) Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky and Ed French, Episode #507, "Mad TV."
Best Makeup Effects (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Kenny Myers, Todd A. McIntosh, Robin Beauxchesne, Douglas Noe, and Brigette Myre-Ellis, "Living Conditions," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer."
Best Period Makeup (For a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week) Sue Cabel, Matthew Mungle and Joe Hailey, "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story."
Best Character Makeup (For a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week) Douglas Noe, for Cicely Tyson in "A Lesson Before Dying."
Best Contemporary Hair Styling (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Darrell Fielder, Jonathan Hanousak and Joy Zapata, "The Final Frontier," "Mad About You."
Best Period Hair Styling (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series -- Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Gabriella Pollino, Deborah Piper, Valerie Scott and Cindy Costello, "Prom Night," "That 70's Show."
Best Character Hair Styling (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Josee Normand, Charlotte Parker and Gloria Montemeyor, "Bride of Chaotica," "Star Trek Voyager."
Best Innovative Hair Styling (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Josee Normand, Charlotte Parker and Gloria Montemeyor, "Dragon's Teeth," "Star Trek Voyager."
Best Period Hair Styling (For a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week) Marlene Williams and Tim Jones "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny & Cher Story."