August 6, 2021

Renée Zellweger is back on the Oscars red carpet 16 years after ‘Cold Mountain’

The great return of Renée Zellweger After six years missing from Hollywood culminates this Sunday on the red carpet of the Oscars, when the Texan actress returns to the Dolby Theater 16 years later to win the statuette for Cold Mountain. Then he had been working in the world for a decade and his most characteristic film, The diaryof Bridget Jones, he had succeeded so much that he was already preparing the next. However, it was only a matter of time before she decided to leave it all behind, risking losing what she had worked so hard for, and take a break away from the hustle and bustle of the movie theater.

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Cold Mountain It was released in Spain in February 2004, like so many other Oscar-nominated films that await the arrival of the awards to reach international theaters. No one can deny the effect these awards have on the billboard and the producers know it. The plot centers on a town, named after the film, during the American Civil War where a woman (Nicole Kidman) seeks refuge to await the arrival of her lover, who returns wounded from battle. In this process he stays with Ruby (Zellweger), a rude and nasty little town girl with whom he ends up developing a good friendship. The director was the same as that of The English Patient Y The talent of Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella, who died in 2008, and of the seven categories in which he received an Academy Award, only Renée took it.


That has been, until now, his first and only Oscar but on the night of February 9, he could expand his collection thanks to his applauded performance in Judy, where she gives life to the legendary actress and singer Judy Garland, considered one of the best artists in the history of cinema. This is his first big role in the cinema after he returned in 2016 without making a lot of noise and taking on much smaller projects. Considering the success of Bohemian Rhapsody in 2019 it was clear that biopics musicals were going to triumph this year and, although everything pointed to Rocketman (a nomination), Judy It has been the Trojan horse (with two) of the gala.

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Yes indeed, since he won his Oscar, he had returned to the red carpet. Also since his departure from the filming after having participated in his last film, Our love song in 2010 since in 2013 she was among the guests because she was one of the presenters. He took the stage with Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah to deliver one of the awards in the middle of a break that he decided to take for health reasons. As he revealed to the magazine in December Deadline, “There were many reasons but the first is that it was obvious that I needed to stop. “” My schedule had overwhelmed me and I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was exhausted and making decisions that were not healthy, “he said in a candid interview.

I needed to try other things, things that did not fit into the schedule he had had for so long. It is never a good time to go when you are getting incredible creative opportunities, but I needed to believe and challenge myself in a different way, “he added, explaining that he was looking for a purpose in life outside of film sets and promotional tours in which he had been all his life.


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For Renée, playing Judy in this great comeback to the big screen (last year we also saw her in a Netflix series) has been a real challenge: “I couldn’t believe they had looked at me to bring her to life. It was a real challenge. of the most important artists of all time. ” He prepared himself conscientiously and based on a lot of study through videos and old images of him: “Then I would stand in front of the mirror to emulate his gestures, his movements over and over again and thus internalize her language without speaking. “And it has undoubtedly paid off. Now it is only a matter of days to see if the dream can repeat itself for her and she can take home a companion for her precious Oscar.