Elizabeth Reaser: 'Twilight' actress at Academy's Governors Awards
Elizabeth Reaser of Twilight fame – Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opens Friday, Nov. 18, '11, in North America – is pictured above while arriving at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Governors Awards, which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Until recently best known as an indie movie actress, Elizabeth Reaser (born on June 15, 1975, in Bloomfield, Michigan) has of late supported Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in the five Twilight Saga worldwide blockbusters (and blockbusters-to-be) based on Stephenie Meyer's (four) bestsellers:
- Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008).
- Chris Weitz's New Moon (2009).
- David Slade's Eclipse (2010).
- Bill Condon's aforementioned Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (to be released in Nov. 2012).
Vampire matriarch Esme Cullen
In the Twilight movies, Reaser plays Esme Cullen, the vampire matriarch “married” to Peter Facinelli's Dr. Carlisle Cullen. Their adopted “children” are Edward (Robert Pattinson), Emmett (Kellan Lutz), and Alice (Ashley Greene), plus Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed) and (relatively) recent addition Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone).
In case you're wondering, Rosalie and Jasper must have different surnames so they can shack up with their adoptive siblings without being accused of taking part in incestuous relationships. Not that that has stopped Anna Kendrick's small-town high-schooler Jessica from gossiping about them: “But they live together! It's weird!”
By the way, unlike fellow Governors Awards attendees Evan Rachel Wood, Tate Taylor, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Michel Hazanavicius, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and others, Elizabeth Reaser isn't really an Oscar hopeful this year.
Her presence at the Governors Awards is in all likelihood related to Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate's p.r. media blitz surrounding the release of Breaking Dawn 1.
'Breaking Dawn - Part 1' cast
Besides Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Anna Kendrick, and the Cullen family members, the Breaking Dawn - Part 1 cast include the following:
Michael Sheen. Dakota Fanning. Booboo Stewart. Michael Welch. Christian Serratos. Maggie Grace. Christopher Heyerdahl. Gil Birmingham. Mia Maestro. Sarah Clarke. MyAnna Buring. Julia Jones.
Christian Camargo. Lee Pace. Kiowa Gordon. Billy Burke. Bronson Pelletier. Charlie Bewley. Tinsel Korey. Tyson Houseman. Daniel Cudmore. Jamie Campbell Bower. Casey LaBow. Alex Meraz.
Elizabeth Reaser photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
Non-'Twilight' Elizabeth Reaser movies
Elizabeth Reaser has been featured in more than 20 films since 2001. Besides the Twilight installments, her movie credits include:
- The Family Stone (2005).
Dir.: Thomas Bezucha.
Cast: Diane Keaton. Sarah Jessica Parker. Rachel McAdams. Claire Danes. Luke Wilson. Craig T. Nelson. Tyrone Giordano (as Ty Giordano). Brian White. Elizabeth Reaser. Paul Schneider.
- Sweet Land (2006).
Dir.: Ali Selim.
Cast: Elizabeth Reaser. Lois Smith. Patrick Heusinger. Stephen Pelinski. Tim Guinee. Robert Hogan. Jodie Markell. Alan Cumming. Ned Beatty. John Heard. Barbara Kingsley. Alex Kingston. Patrick Coyle.
- Shut Up and Sing (2006).
Dir.: Bruce Leddy.
Cast: David Harbour. Reg Rogers. Alexander Chaplin. Chris Bowers. David Alan Basche. Mark Feuerstein. Samrat Chakrabarti. Rosemarie DeWitt. Molly Shannon. Elizabeth Reaser. Liz Stauber.
- Puccini for Beginners (2006).
Dir.: Maria Maggenti.
Cast: Ken Barnett. Julianne Nicholson. Brian Letscher. Elizabeth Reaser. Gretchen Mol. Justin Kirk. Tina Benko.
- Purple Violets (2007).
Dir.: Edward Burns.
Cast: Edward Burns. Patrick Wilson. Selma Blair. Debra Messing. Dennis Farina. Elizabeth Reaser. Rosemarie DeWitt.
- Against the Current (2009).
Dir.: Peter Callahan.
Cast: Joseph Fiennes. Justin Kirk. Elizabeth Reaser. Mary Tyler Moore. Michelle Trachtenberg. Constance Barron.
- The Art of Getting By (2011).
Dir.: Gavin Wiesen.
Cast: Freddie Highmore. Emma Roberts. Sasha Spielberg. Marcus Carl Franklin. Ann Dowd. Elizabeth Reaser. Rita Wilson. Blair Brown. Sam Robards. Michael Angarano. Alicia Silverstone.
- Young Adult (2011).
Dir.: Jason Reitman.
Cast: Charlize Theron. Patrick Wilson. Elizabeth Reaser.
- Liberal Arts (2012).
Dir.: Josh Radnor.
Cast: Zac Efron. Elizabeth Olsen. Allison Janney. Richard Jenkins. Elizabeth Reaser. Michael Weston. Kate Burton.
- One and Two (2015).
Dir.: Andrew Droz Palermo.
Cast: Kiernan Shipka. Timothée Chalamet. Elizabeth Reaser. Grant Bowler. Kyle Bell.
- Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016).
Dir.: Michael Showalter.
Cast: Sally Field. Max Greenfield. Beth Behrs. Wendi McLendon-Covey. Stephen Root. Elizabeth Reaser. Isabella Acres. Kyle Mooney. Natasha Lyonne. Kumail Nanjiani. Caroline Aaron. Tyne Daly. Peter Gallagher.
- Ouija 2 (2016).
Dir.: Mike Flanagan.
Cast: Doug Jones. Henry Thomas. Lin Shaye. Elizabeth Reaser.
She received a Best Actress Spirit Award nomination for Sweet Land. She lost to Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson.
As for her television work, Elizabeth Reaser is probably best known for her recurring role as Rebecca Pope in the series Grey's Anatomy, which earned her an Emmy nomination (2007) in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series category and a SAG Award nomination (2008) as a member of the series' cast.
Elizabeth Reaser movie list updated in April 2016.
'Blade Runner' actress Sean Young at the Academy's Governors Awards
Veteran Blade Runner actress Sean Young is seen on the 2011 Governors Awards' Red Carpet outside the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Like Elizabeth Reaser, Sean Young is not a 2012 Oscar hopeful; she has no movie coming out this year.
James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope, Cry the Beloved Country, the voice of Star Wars' Darth Vader) was a long-distance Honorary Oscar honoree, as he's co-starring with Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, 1977) in Driving Miss Daisy on the London stage.
But in attendance was Jones' fellow 2011 Honorary Oscar recipient, make-up artist Dick Smith (Ghost Story, The Fan, The Hunger).
Sean Young movies
Since 1980, Sean Young has been featured in about 50 films. Among them are the following:
- Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980).
Dir.: James Ivory.
Cast: Robert Powell. Veteran Anne Baxter (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for The Razor's Edge, 1946). Sean Young (minor role).
- Blade Runner (1982).
Dir.: Ridley Scott.
Cast: Harrison Ford. Rutger Hauer. Daryl Hannah. Sean Young. Joanna Cassidy. Edward James Olmos.
- Dune (1984).
Dir.: David Lynch.
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan. Sean Young. Virginia Madsen. Francesca Annis. Brad Dourif. José Ferrer. Richard Jordan. Patrick Stewart. Linda Hunt. Sian Phillips. Sting. Dean Stockwell. International cinema icon Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Conversation Piece).
- Wall Street (1987).
Dir.: Oliver Stone.
Cast: Charlie Sheen. Michael Douglas. Daryl Hannah. Sean Young.
- Now Way Out (1987).
A remake of John Farrow's The Big Clock (1948).
Dir.: Roger Donaldson.
Cast: Kevin Costner. Sean Young. Gene Hackman.
- Cousins (1989).
A remake of Jean-Charles Tacchella's Cousin Cousine (1975).
Dir.: Joel Schumacher.
Cast: Ted Danson. Isabella Rossellini. William Petersen. Sean Young. Lloyd Bridges. Norma Aleandro.
Sean Young has also been featured in less prestigious fare such as:
- The controversial drug-addiction drama The Boost (1988), with James Woods (who sued Young at the time).
- The popular Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), with Jim Carrey.
- Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995), which earned her a couple of Razzie Award nominations.
- Motel Blue (1997).
- Poor White Trash (2000).
Sean Young photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.
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