Film awards watchers are buzzing about Michelle Williams‘ Best Actress win last night at the Hollywood Film Festival. Not so much because of the award itself, but rather as a result of the person who presented it to her.
Per the Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg (and others), Don Murray—Monroe’s co-star in the 1956 romantic comedy Bus Stop (pictured)–drove down from Santa Barbara with his wife to make the presentation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Since the Williams film, My Week with Marilyn, is set during the time that Murray worked with Monroe, his evaluation of Williams’ performance is in many ways the only one that counts. Said the 82-year-old Oscar nominee from the podium:
“She [Williams] created some moments that were so intimately familiar to me because I spent 14 weeks with Marilyn… I know that Michelle studied everything — read every book she could find — about Marilyn… and the amazing thing is that there is not one thing in that film that is not truthful… it was just a revelation… she holds the mirror up to nature and she gets into acting that is beyond acting, that is being… Michelle’s performance made me appreciate Marilyn.” Afterwards, in the green room, he reiterated to me: “She nailed it.”