Almost Ready for Oscar: Kate Hudson
So who did Kate Hudson, Oscar nominee and famous daughter, vote for in this year's Academy Awards?
"No one," she told me last night at the premiere of her new film, About Adam. "I'm not a member of the Academy. Yet."
Hudson may very likely walk off with Best Supporting Actress for her role as Penny Lane in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous. If she does, there will be nostalgia and a warm glow in Hollywood, since her mom, Goldie Hawn, won her Oscar at the same age — 21 (for Cactus Flower, in which she upstaged Ingrid Bergman and Walter Matthau.)
Kate knows who her date will be on Sunday night — "my husband, Chris," she told me, since she got two tickets for the show. (That's Chris Robinson, lead singer of the Black Crowes, and a good dozen years her senior.)
But her parents, Hawn and Kate's stepdad, Kurt Russell, will be there too, since Goldie's presenting the Best Score award.
And what will Ms. Hudson be wearing?
"A dress!" she said. "It's a secret, otherwise. You'll have to wait and see."
She has not yet perfected the head tilt and clap necessary for when the long camera lens shoots her during the reading of the nominee's names.
"I can't think about it. It makes me too nervous!"
Hudson is still bubbly and open after everything she's been through — no sign of a diva yet. Maybe good parenting is all a kid needs these days, because she had it, and it shows.
Aerosmith rocked at the controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner Monday night, but it was a melancholy night. Steven Tyler was joined by his daughters Liv, Mia, and Chelsea, as well as Liv Tyler's fiancée, Royston Langdon of the New York band Spacehog.
But at the same time the extended Tyler family was saying prayers for Mia's mom and Steven's ex-wife, Cyrinda Foxe Tyler, who has suffered some serious health setbacks and is hospitalized here in New York.
Foxe, 49, and Tyler, 53, have had a lot of major differences in the past, but I'm told that the Aerosmith lead singer — who's on a roll right now — will do the right thing and take care of Foxe in her time of need. Let's hope so.
Add Frances O'Connor, the wonderful star of Mansfield Park, to the cast of Miramax's The Importance of Being Earnest. Oliver Parker, who directed another good Miramax Oscar Wilde adaptation, An Ideal Husband, has just placed her in a group that includes Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth.
Firth, who steals Miramax's Bridget Jones' Diary, is the latest addition to the studio's repertory company.
O'Connor opens this week in About Adam, which stars Stuart Townsend and Kate Hudson (see above). It so happens that I raved in this column last June about Townsend, a breakout star from Ireland who is about to shoot 24 Hours with Charlize Theron and Courtney Love (playing a kidnapper). He starred in London's West End at the Donmar Warehouse with Helen Mirren in Orpheus Descending.
I'm telling you right now, this guy is about to become the hot actor who everyone wants in their films. He'll need a publicist, though. Townsend still has a rough-around-the-edges feel to him, a little like talking to a bloke in a pub. That's fine for now, but not when he hits Entertainment Tonight, etc. Still, a star is on his way to a theater near you. And O'Connor? She's no slouch, either, believe me.
Lasse Hallström's adaptation of E, Annie Proulx's The Shipping News — with Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore — starts shooting any minute up in Nova Scotia. But by April 1st, one last cast member must be added — the role of the young guy. My spies tell me the part is coveted by every single 22-year-old actor in Hollywood, from TV shows to movies.
So who's going to pick the final choice? I'm told the part is so important that Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein will adjudicate. If only these guys knew where Weinstein was staying for Oscar week, I'm sure the Cuban cigars and good whiskey would be piling up at the concierge desk. But I'm not telling, not even for one of those cigars….