Unusual Auditions of Oscar Stars
Imelda Staunton, the silent treatment. Every actor has a terrifying nightmare of forgetting lines. For the titular role in "Vera Drake" (2004). Staunton went to director Mike Leigh's office and sat in deliberate silence for 30 minutes — at his request. "He asked me to create an introverted character and just be that person, but without talking," as he observed, she said to the New York Post. "I was so into being this character that I didn't even think about it being strange." Introspection translated on screen and into a best-actress nomination.