Inspired by last weekend's glitz and glamour at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in the Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, California (not that I'm at all biased that Gary Oldman should have got an Oscar), I'd like to mention a few ladies who, to me, exemplify the spirit of what Hollywood should be about.
1. Michelle Williams.
|Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine|
Image courtesy of IMDB
Nominated for an Oscar for her lead role as the dazzling yet vulnerable Monroe at only 31 years old, she has maintained her natural grace and elegance, despite the L.A. hype that she could so easily have let take over her life.
|Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn.|
Image courtesy of www.michelle-williams.net
|Michelle Williams at the 2012 Oscars|
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Michelle won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her role as Marilyn in January 2012. She said: "I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, and so the person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl, whose bravery and exuberance is the example that I take with me in my work and in my life."
2. Emma Watson
The Parisian-born 21 year old hit the big time with her first ever film role as Hermione Granger, the heroine of the Harry Potter saga. The eight films were first adapted from the bestselling novels by J.K. Rowling in 2001, beginning with Christopher Columbus' Philosopher's Stone.
|Emma as Hermione in 2002's Harry Potter|
and the Chamber of Secrets
|Emma as Hermione in 2011's Harry Potter|
and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
|Emma's first day at Oxford University|
Image: Grazia Daily
|Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower|
She is already a familiar face at Fashion Weeks worldwide, having modelled with Burberry two years ago. She first collaborated with fashion label People Tree in 2009/2010 as a Creative Advisor for their teenage spring line, Love from Emma. She has also worked with designer Alberta Ferretti in March 2011 on a collection called Pure Threads. "I'm happy to encourage anyone interested in making conscientious clothing from raw, sustainable materials, so much so that I'll work for free," Emma said at the time.
|Emma Watson modelling for Burberry's Spring/Summer 2010 collection,|
alongside brother Alex (left) and musician George Craig
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|Emma's photoshoot for Vogue|
|Emma modelling for People Tree, Spring/Summer 2010|
|Emma for People Tree|
Video: Emma's Photoshoot for People Tree
|Emma Watson and Alberta Ferretti's 'Pure Threads' Collection|
This time last year, Emma received the Style Icon Award from Elle Magazine and was presented with it by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Her premiere outfits in recent years have gained a lot of media scrutiny. Personally, I think her style at the London premieres is much more suited to her than what she has chosen to wear at the U.S. premieres. However, she's got plenty more success lying ahead in her future!
|Emma at the UK Premiere of Harry Potter and the|
Deathly Hallows: Part One, November 2010
Rafael Lopez black lace and feathered dress
|At the New York Premiere of|
Deathly Hallows: Part One,
Wearing a Calvin Klein Collection dress
Image: Daily Mail
|Emma Watson at the London Premiere of|
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two
Wearing chiffon dress by Oscar de la Renta,
jacket (not seen here) by Antonio Berardi
Image: Daily Mail
|The Trio: Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson at the|
New York Premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two
Emma is wearing Bottega Veneta.
3. Carey Mulligan
The stunning Carey Mulligan is only twenty-six, but her remarkable ability as an actress has already made her a household name. Making her debut in 2005's Pride and Prejudice alongside Kiera Knightley, the young Englishwoman starred in 2009's An Education as Jenny, which won her a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was also nominated for an Oscar.
|Carey Mulligan as Jenny in An Education|
|Carey Mulligan as Daisy in The Great Gatsby|
She has thrown herself into every role she has had, no matter what era the production is set in. She has consistently challenged herself with new characters and situations, and brought an added layer of complexity to them with her interpretation.
|Carey Mulligan as Elsie, with the rest of the Kipling family:|
Daniel Radcliffe as Jack, David Haig as Rudyard and Kim Cattrall as Caroline
4. Ellen Page
25 year old Canadian actress Ellen started in the industry at a young age, first performing at age four in school productions. Gaining recognition in the 2005 films Mouth to Mouth and Hard Candy, she was offered the role of Kitty Pryde - or 'Shadowcat' - in X Men: The Last Stand.
|Ellen (second from right) as X Men 3's Kitty Pryde|
|Ellen Page with her Whip It co-star and director Drew Barrymore|
5. Kate Winslet
|Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures|
|Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet|
in Sense and Sensibility
'I'm Flying' Video: Titanic
|Kate Winslet with her co-star|
in The Holiday, Cameron Diaz, in 2006
Below: Kate Winslet accepting the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, presented by Cameron Diaz and Mark Walberg.
These five ladies all have had great successes in their careers but keep their feet firmly on the ground. They are nothing but passionate about their craft and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next for them all.