I fully expect Renée Zellweger to get a standing ovation as she rises to accept her Academy Award for playing Judy Garland in Judy this Sunday. But there’s at least one person who won’t be standing, in fact I imagine Liza Minnelli will be sucking her teeth as she’s splayed across a velvet fainting couch surrounded by “her Oscar for ‘Cabaret’” which “sits on a low table alongside a copy of a 1972 Time magazine with Minnelli on the cover. On a table next to the couch are her Tonys, while a collection of additional awards crowd a sideboard near the entryway” as she’s described in a recent Variety interview. Liza’s not here for Renée’s portrayal of her mother. In fact, when the subject was brought up, she deployed shade so penetrating and complete, PG&E’s still reporting outages and is scheduling rolling blackouts for the next 10 years in order to recover.
Liza had already voiced her objections to being associated with Judy back in 2018 when Renée’s casting was first announced. In response to an erroneous report that Liza was coaching Renée for the film, Liza posted to Facebook “I have never met nor spoken to Renee Zellweger” and said that she did “not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way.” And when Liza says “nor” you know she means business. So when Variety asked her about it, she only had one thing to say.
Hanging on one wall are reproductions of iconic Warhol paintings of Minnelli and her parents. The unending fascination with Garland continued last year with the release of “Judy.” Renée Zellweger is the favorite to win the Oscar for her transformation into Garland during the last months of her life. Minnelli has no interest in seeing the film. All she will say right now is “I hope [Zellweger] had a good time making it.”
Yes, is this the Beverly Hills Police Department? I’d like to report a murder. The killer’s name? Liza, WITH A Z! Aretha Franklin is up in heaven right now taking notes. I have never heard such a benign collection of words sound so threatening before in my life. So no, it’s safe to say that Liza will not be rooting for Renée come Sunday. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Scarlett Johansson’s having a basket of muffins sent over to her as we speak. To which Liza will probably say something like, “oh, isn’t that nice. Now who is the one who butchered Sondheim?”
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