Oscar Winners and Ship Godmothers Go Hand in Hand

February 25, 2008
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Last night, millions of TV viewers watched Marion Cotillard win the Academy Award for best actress for her role in "La Vie en Rose." As she accepted her Oscar, she joined an illustrious club: Oscar winners who are also cruise ship godmothers.

We dug through the archives and came up with 10 Academy Award-winning actresses who have christened modern cruise ships or will soon. Marlee Matlin (who won best actress for "Children of a Lesser God") is the godmother for Holland America's Noordam, Julie Andrews (best actress, "Mary Poppins") did the honors for the Crystal Serenity, and Whoopi Goldberg (best supporting actress, "Ghost") christened Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas.

Carnival let Dame Judi Dench (best supporting actress, "Shakespeare in Love") and Mira Sorvino (best supporting actress, "Mighty Aphrodite") smash Champagne against, respectively, the Carnival Legend and Carnival Liberty.

Old-time stars Olivia de Havilland (best actress, "The Heiress") and Audrey Hepburn (Best Actress, "Roman Holiday") have been Princess godmothers for the Grand Princess and Star Princess. Still a contemporary, Sophia Loren is MSC's go-to gal for christenings -- she's done the Opera, Lirica, Orchestra, and Musica and will do the Poesia this year. She won best actress for "Two Women."

And Helen Mirren (2007's best actress for her namesake role in "The Queen") has been tagged as godmother for P&O's Ventura launching in April.

Last night's winner named Costa Serena last May, a pre-"La Vie En Rose" time when, at least for many North American readers, she wasn't much on the radar (despite a charming performance in the Russell Crowe flick "A Good Year"). But at least one U.S. journalist on hand found himself smitten. Reports Cruise Critic Assistant Editor Dan Askin, "the French starlet had the crowd rapt with her combination of classic beauty and sweet demeanor (at least her stage portrayal was that of sweetness). I don't remember anyone there wearing a frown -- most onlookers were star-fixed and beaming unabashedly. Likewise, it also seemed clear that Ms. Cotillard was giddy to be there, and her voice trembled as she recited the invocation."

Who's the next Oscar-winning godmother? Who would you choose? Write to us at editor@cruisecritic.com and please put "godmother" in the subject line.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor