Burstyn’s 14 seconds of Emmy fame
Ellen Burstyn was just as flabbergasted as everyone else when she heard she’d been nominated for an Emmy this year for her blink-and-you-miss-it role in the TV movie “Mrs. Harris.”
In an interview with AP Radio, the 73-year-old Academy Award winner spoke publicly for the first time about her Emmy nod: “When they told me I was nominated for that, I went, ‘What, are you kidding?’ ”
Burstyn’s cameo in “Mrs. Harris” lasted 14 seconds, with her speaking a total of 38 words.
“I thought it was fabulous,” she said. “My next ambition is to get nominated for seven seconds, and, ultimately, I want to be nominated for a picture in which I don’t even appear.”
Last August, Burstyn wound up losing the Emmy to her “Mrs. Harris” costar, Cloris Leachman.