‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Screens, and Emily Blunt Lands In the Oscar Race

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” had its first public screening for SAG members Saturday night at Fox, and Emily Blunt portrays the iconic nanny with such confidence and charm that she could land a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

No easy feat since Julie Andrews won the Oscar with the role in 1965 and charmed the world with a performance that was “practically perfect in every way.”The Rob Marshall-directed musical should also be very competitive in several craft races, including John Myhre’s production design, Sandy Powell’s costume design, Marc Shaiman’s score, Best Song, VFX, and sound editing and mixing.“There is no one else on this planet who could play this part,” Marshall said during the post screening Q&A, where he appeared on a panel with Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as lamplighter Jack), producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt, and Myhre.

“I wanted to honor that beautiful,

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