Truly Awesome Victory

Lower Hutt-raised Hollywood starlet Anna Paquin, 26, has won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama, awarded for her performance as Sookie Starkhouse in HBO’s vampire series True Blood, beating A-list competitors Sally Field and Kyra Sedgewick. In 1993, at the age of 11, Paquin edged out Winona Ryder for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Piano. As Sookie Starkhouse in True Blood Paquin said: “I was the pale brunette from New Zealand, and I’m playing the Southern tanned blonde, essentially a Hooters waitress,” Variety quoted her as saying. “It wasn’t the most obvious casting choice, but I just really wanted it and I didn’t stop until they said yes.” In 2008, Paquin was nominated for an Emmy for the TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. New Zealand’s Prime Television will screen True Blood “shortly”.


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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…