1. Dench. Dame Judi Dench.
2. Dame Judi Dench calling Steve Coogan a feckin’ eejit.
3. Michelle (un)Fairley
4. Michelle Fairley in snappy Fleet Street editor mode (translation: more than one costume and a scene with her looking sexy in specs. You know, for those of you who have that particular attractive-ladies-wearing-glasses fetish. It’s nothing to be ashamed of - I hear it’s actually quite common).
5. In all seriousness, Philomena is a quietly beautiful film. I was lucky enough to see it at the Austin Film Festival, and the response was great: a really engaged audience, lots of laughs, and quite a few tears. Judi Dench’s performance is just lovely. She and Steve Coogan really make for a dynamic duo. And while I usually don’t care to speculate about awards season, I wouldn’t be surprised if Judi Dench gives Cate Blanchett (so brilliant in Blue Jasmine) a run for her money in the Best Actress race. It’s a beautiful film based on an extraordinary true story, and weeks after you’ve seen it, you might find yourself remembering a moment from the film. And if/when that does happens, you’ll likely find that you’re smiling.