English actress Helen Mirren has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress her performance in Lasse Hallström's The Hundred-Foot Journey. The film — which is based on the book of the same name by Richard C. Morais — opened in August. In it, Mirren plays a restaurateur who protests the opening of a potentially competing restaurant 100 feet from her establishment's front door.
Mirren's character Madame Mallory owns a Michelin-starred restaurant in the South of France. When a family from India are displaced to the same town, they decide to open an Indian restaurant. Madame Mallory is not pleased. The ensuing culture clashes and a forbidden romance provide the drama and comedic relief that keep the film from turning into a simple exercise in food porn. Early reviews praised the food shots as "screen siren glamorous."
Said Mirren of the film, "It's very hard to make a soufflé of a film, which is hopefully what this is, a well risen soufflé. But it's very hard to maintain that sort of lightness of touch."
Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg co-produced The Hundred-Foot Journey, which also stars Manish Dayal (90210) and Om Puri.
Another food-related film made it on the Golden Globes' short list: Mandariinid (Tangerines), a Georgian film about an Estonian man who stays behind to harvest his citrus crop in the midst of a war, was nominated for Best Foreign Film.