She’s made countless films (quick! think “The Damned”, “The Night Porter” and “The Verdict”) in a four decade-plus career, yet Charlotte Rampling has earned only one Best Actress Oscar nomination, for her magnificence in Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years”. No wonder in France, where the actress (who turned 70 on February 5), spends most of her time, she’s known as “La Légende.” Stephanie Zacharek of “Time” raved that “Charlotte Rampling gives a performance for the ages”; Peter Travers’ of “Rolling Stone” gushed that her performance is “sublimely acted, ruefully funny and quietly devastating.” Rampling is joined by two-time Oscar nominee Tom Courtenay; see for yourself when “45 Years” arrives on DVD and Digital HD on June 14 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
Kate and Geoff Mercer have reached their twilight years with simple comforts intact: a cozy house, afternoon teas, meals with friends, and the rewarding accomplishment of a happy, longtime life shared together. But as they prepare to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, the couple’s marriage is shaken to its core when unexpected news suddenly threatens to change their lives forever.
Here, Rampling answers a few quickies . . .
On receiving the long overdue first Oscar nomination
Once you get the nomination and you know that there’s only five of you, there is a complete sisterhood. You know that any of the five could get it, and we’re all equally interesting in what we’ve done, otherwise we wouldn’t be nominated, and we all obviously have a huge number of people behind us.
On being prepared for the nomination
We were getting people saying, “Whoa, something’s going on here.” And then we were watching, watching, watching to see all the different ways these things happen. I didn’t really know how it worked, so I was fascinated to see it. The ripples went across and we were being selected [in Oscar polls]. There were like ten of us—the ones that were maybe going to be nominated—and I was there, and I thought, “Wow, this is just beautiful.” And you really don’t know for sure until you get that call. You only know that you’re in the running, and the bookmakers are giving good odds. And then people fall by the wayside and you keep going. It’s like a marathon race.
On being up against three actresses who are in their 20s
They’re young actresses and they’ve all worked very hard. Brie Larson has been at it since she was seven or so. It hasn’t just happened overnight for them. They’re all turning out very mature performances now, because women can mature very quickly. The proof is in the pudding, there. They will actually have very long and beautiful careers, because they will be able to play very young women, but they will also be able to play older women. They have that sort of maturity. When you see Saoirse Ronan, you think, “Jesus, she’s so young,” but her presence is very much not to do with age. When you’re younger, your advantage is that you can play much wider than when you’re older, where you can’t really play much younger.