Mildred Pierce (miniseries)
|Based on||Mildred Pierce|
by James M. Cain
|Directed by||Todd Haynes|
|Music by||Carter Burwell|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||58–79 minutes|
|Original release||March 27 –|
April 10, 2011
Mildred Pierce is an American drama television miniseries that aired on HBO from March 27 to April 10, 2011, consisting of five episodes. Adapted from James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name, it was directed by Todd Haynes, and starred Kate Winslet in the title role, alongside Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, and Melissa Leo. Carter Burwell wrote the original score for the miniseries.
Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic elder daughter's love and respect.
- Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce
- Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon
- Evan Rachel Wood as Veda Pierce (Dilber Yunus and Sumi Jo as her singing "voice")
- Miriam Shor as Anna
- Melissa Leo as Lucy Gessler
- Morgan Turner as Young Veda Pierce
- James LeGros as Wally Burgan
- Brían F. O'Byrne as Bert Pierce
- Mare Winningham as Ida Corwin
- Hope Davis as Mrs. Forrester
- Quinn McColgan as Ray Pierce
- Waltrudis Buck as Mrs. Temple
Mildred Pierce received generally favorable reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 81% based on reviews from 58 critics. At Metacritic, the miniseries has a weighted average score of 69, based on 28 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". In a WBEZ podcast on the best theatrical films of 2011, critic Jonathan Rosenbaum used the series as an example of television work that was on par with the year's best movies, calling it Haynes' best work to date. Salon.com called it a "quiet, heartbreaking masterpiece", while The New York Times reviewer, Alessandra Stanley, commented that while the miniseries was "loyally, unwaveringly true to James M. Cain's 1941 novel", it did not "make the most of the mythic clash of mother, lover and ungrateful child", and was "not nearly as satisfying as the 1945 film noir".
Novelist Stephen King, reviewing Mildred Pierce for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, praised the acting of Winslet, Pearce and Wood, and admired the show's attention to detail and structure, but complained that the five-hour adaptation was "too damn long". He finishes with, "Winslet’s Mildred is a genuine star turn. How Joan Crawford would have loathed her."
|Parts 1 & 2||March 27, 2011||1.270 million|
|Part 3||April 3, 2011||0.987 million|
|Parts 4 & 5||April 10, 2011||0.964 million|
Awards and nominations
|Artios Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Movie/Mini Series||Laura Rosenthal||Won|||
|Online Film & Television Association Awards||Best Motion Picture or Miniseries||Won|||
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Kate Winslet||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Guy Pearce||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Melissa Leo||Nominated|
|Evan Rachel Wood||Won[a]|
|Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Todd Haynes||Won|
|Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond||Won|
|Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Won|
|Best Cinematography in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best Costume Design in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best Editing in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Makeup/Hairstyling in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Best Music in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best New Titles Sequence||Nominated|
|Best Production Design in a Non-Series||Won|
|Best Sound in a Non-Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, John Wells,
Todd Haynes, and Ilene S. Landress
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Kate Winslet||Won|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Brían F. O'Byrne||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Melissa Leo||Nominated|
|Evan Rachel Wood||Nominated|
|Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Todd Haynes||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie||Mark Friedberg, Peter Rogness, and
Ellen Christiansen-De Jonge
|Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Laura Rosenthal||Won|
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie||Edward Lachman (for "Part 5")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Ann Roth, Michelle Matland, and Patrick Wiley (for "Part 2")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie||Jerry DeCarlo and Jerry Popolis||Nominated|
|Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic)||Patricia Regan and Linda Melazzo||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score)||Carter Burwell (for "Part 5")||Won|
|Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music||Carter Burwell||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie||Camilla Toniolo (for "Part 4")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Eliza Paley, Tony Martinez, Thomas O'Neil Younkman,
Brian Dunlop, Todd Kasow, and Ellen Heuer (for "Part 5")
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie||Drew Kunin, Leslie Shatz, Bobby Johanson,
and Joshua Reinhardt (for "Part 5")
|Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Lesley Robson-Foster, John Bair, Renuka Ballal,
Nathan Meier, Constance Conrad, Marci Ichimura,
Josephine Noh, Aaron Raff, and Scott Winston (for "Part 5")
|Satellite Awards||Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Won|||
|Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Kate Winslet||Won|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Guy Pearce||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Evan Rachel Wood||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials||Nominated|||
|Women's Image Network Awards||Actress Made for Television Movie||Kate Winslet||Nominated|||
|Evan Rachel Wood||Nominated|
|American Cinema Editors Awards||Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television||Affonso Gonçalves (for "Part 1")||Nominated|||
|American Society of Cinematographers Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Motion Picture/Miniseries Television||Edward Lachman (for "Part 5")||Nominated|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||Excellence in Production Design Award – Television Movie or Mini-Series||Mark Friedberg, Deborah Jensen, Peter Rogness,
Kim Jennings, Michael Auszura, I. Javier Ameijeiras,
Mark Pollard, Don Nace, and Ellen Christiansen
|Cinema Audio Society Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Movies and Mini-Series||Drew Kunin, Leslie Shatz, and Todd Whitelock (for "Part 5")||Nominated|||
|Costume Designers Guild Awards||Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries||Ann Roth||Nominated|||
|Dorian Awards||TV Drama of the Year||Nominated|||
|TV Performance of the Year||Kate Winslet||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|||
|Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Kate Winslet||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Guy Pearce||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Evan Rachel Wood||Nominated|
|Guild of Music Supervisors Awards||Best Music Supervision for Television Long Form and Movie||Evyen Klean[b]||Won|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television||Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, and
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries||Guy Pearce||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries||Kate Winslet||Won|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Long Form – Adapted||Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond;
Based on the book by James M. Cain
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress||Quinn McColgan||Nominated|||
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