The 76th Venice International Film Festival took place in Italy from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7. Taiwanese actor Mark Chao and Chinese actress Gong Li were among this year’s contenders for Best Actor and Best Actress, and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award went to legendary British actress Julie Andrews.
The 83-year-old actress won an Oscar for Mary Poppins in 1965, and she was nominated again the next year for The Sound of Music. Andrews kissed her award last week and said that she felt “so blessed” for having such a fairytale career. “I’m still amazed! I’ve been a lucky girl who got to play beautiful roles,” the actress said.
Andrews gained popularity among young fans for her role as the queen in The Princess Diaries (2001) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). Both films were produced by late pop diva Whitney Houston and co-starred by Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway — who revealed earlier that she and Andrews would return for another sequel of the Disney series.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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