Exactly the Margaret Thatcher you’re thinking of. The woman who died in 2013 at the age of 87 years old. Apparently, that little piece of Thatcher biography trivia hadn’t made its way into the brain of one journalist in the press room at the Emmy Awards last night. But maybe that journalist was all mixed up because they got confused and distracted by Gillian Anderson’s American accent. They wouldn’t have been the only ones who were seemingly afflicted by such last night.
Gillian Anderson, who was just nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in the most recent season of The Crown, did a half-hour-long Instagram Live to answer questions from her most fervent fans. Gillian shot the shit about her beloved doggies (Nelson and Stella), British snacks, being devastated by the results of the World Cup, and her go-to pandemic outfit: a black tracksuit with no bra. 52-year-old Gillian says she’s DONE with bras, and she doesn’t care if her boobies swing down to her belly button; wearing a brassiere is just “too fucking uncomfortable.” It’s official! Scully freed the titty! Continue reading
And it didn’t make history because it was the first time everyone in the audience and the viewers at home said the words, “Wow, what an enjoyable and short award ceremony!“. I’m sure some people said that, due to the fact that the SAG Awards clocked in at a tight 60 minutes, as promised. And there was no doubt a lot of people appreciated that a pre-taped show cut out the middle man (the middle man being a long-winded acceptance speech that begins with at least 9 full seconds of folded paper fumbling). But the big news was that for the first time in SAG Awards history, all four film acting categories went to non-white nominees. Like the category for Female Actor in a Leading Role – Motion Picture, which went to Viola Davis, seen above freaking out from the comfort of her own couch.
Last week Alec Baldwin, blowhard patriarch of the Baldwinito child army (now six-strong!), quit Twitter for the third time after receiving backlash for tweeting a CNN article about Gillian Anderson’s British and American accents. He wrote, “Switching accents? That sounds…fascinating,” obviously making a comparison to his esposa Americana Hilaria Baldwin. Alec announced his Twitter departure in a 10-minute-long Instagram video rant, being sure to mention he was a big Gillian fan, and his tweet was actually very high-brow “irony” that went over the heads of all us plebs. Now it’s Gillian’s turn to address the accent controversy, and her official statement is basically, “I don’t give two shits.” Equal parts unsurprising and inspiring.
Yesterday, seven-time father Alec Baldwin decided he wanted even more attention this week, and tweeted a link to a CNN story entitled “Gillian Anderson’s American accent throws some people off”. It was about how Gillian Anderson bounces between her British and American accents. For your information, Gillian was born in Chicago, but soon after her birth, her family moved to London, where they lived until she was 11 years old. After that, they moved back to America, but still spent their summers in London. I guess it was the “summers in Europe” part that triggered Alec, cuz he wrote: “Switching accents ? That sounds…fascinating,” referencing his faux-Spanish wife Hilaria Baldwin. Big surprise, tweeters and Gillian fans didn’t appreciate this comparison, and Alec’s replies were filled with people telling him to shut up and “LEAVE GILLIAN ALOOOONE!” In response Alec deactivated his Twitter account. And then posted a nearly ten-minute-long video on Instagram bitching about his “haters.” OK, sure.
So. Gillian Anderson and The Crown creator Peter Morgan broke up in mid-December after dating for four years. Then, last month, it was revealed that Peter, 57, had quickly moved on to his friend, 47-year-old TV producer/heiress Jemima Goldsmith, which allegedly left Gillian, 52, “bemused.” You may remember Jemima as Jemima Khan, ex-wife of former cricket star/current Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, and ex-girlfriend to Hugh Grant and Russell Brand. Jemima’s very rich, bitch. And now you can add “shocked and confused” to her descriptors, cuz Peter has abruptly left her to get back together with Gillian Anderson. That dirty dog!