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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM

A word from Dame Judi Dench, a.k.a. M

So you thought (spoiler alert! just in case anyone out there STILL hasn’t seen “Skyfall”!) M was dead? Nonsense! She’s back, and she’s got a new adversary . . .

 

 

Apparently she’ll have more to say on the topic later. A little background: “Philomena,” which comes out later this month and features Dench as an Irish woman searching for the child she was forced to give up more than fifty years ago, has been rated R by the MPAA. I’ve seen “Philomena” — wonderful movie — and for the life of me can only remember one F-word, but apparently there are two, and the MPAA gives automatic R ratings for more than one. Which is absurd. Harvey Weinstein, who’s distributing “Philomena,” is appealing the rating, and as you can see he’s hauled out the big guns. Nice to see M back!

While we’re on the topic of Dame Judi and “Philomena,” expect to see her get her seventh Oscar nominations for this role. (She’s won only once, in the supporting actress category, for “Shakespeare in Love.”) She’s a joy in the film: funny, vivid, a little dippy — and just when you think you have Philomena figured out, she breaks your heart. And who will she be up against? Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” for sure; my vote for the remaining two would be Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Enough Said” and Julianne Moore in “What Maisie Knew,” but I haven’t yet seen some of the likely contenders (i.e. Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County,” Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Amy Adams in “American Hustle”). So we shall see. But wouldn’t it be lovely to see Dame Judi, who’ll be 79 next month, win her first Best Actress Oscar? It would be richly deserved. Carry on, M.

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