In a recent article in the New York Post, Adam Buckman wrote about the growing controversy surrounding Ellen Burstyn's Emmy nomination for her role in the HBO film, 'Mrs Harris.' I happened to watch the flick this weekend on DVD before reading Buckman's article, and had honestly not realized that Burstyn appeared in the film at all. Which is no wonder, considering her bit part in the film lasts only
9 seconds (turns out it's 14 seconds -- see update below).
Burstyn's Emmy-nominated role in the film (which you can watch below in its entirety) hits at about the 18 minute mark, where she appears as a former lover of Scarsdale Diet doctor Herman Tarnower as part of a series of faux documentary interviews:
If you haven't seen the film, and are imagining that perhaps these two sentences of dialogue are somehow crucial to its story -- think again. Burstyn's character is never mentioned again in the film. Which begs the question: did the Academy nominators actually watch the film before casting their ballots, or did they simply vote for the the recognizable name?
As Lori Radcliff correctly points out in our comments section, I overlooked Burstyn's other appearance in the film, which occurs less than a minute later, upping her total Emmy-nominated screen time to 14 seconds. Here is that second clip: (thanks Lori!)