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BPP Oscar Caption Contest: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Pole Star: Last year's Best Actress winner, Helen Mirren, arrives at the Kodak Theater. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Winning Caption: Diablo, is this how you do it? — D. Burgess

Runners Up:

"My stripper name is Dame Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison!" — Neda Ulaby

Helen Mirren does her Diablo Cody imitation before the Oscars. — Kevbo

Helen Mirren practices for the after-party. — Dan S.



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mirren, mirren on the i the one who can play just about any role?

Sent by jan | 8:38 PM | 2-24-2008

You'd think someone would offer to carry my pole for me.

Sent by Dan Pashman, BPP | 8:39 PM | 2-24-2008

Helen Mirren caption:"Pole dance? Why not!"
George Clooney caption: "The men's room is where?"

Sent by Maureen Allen | 8:40 PM | 2-24-2008

it seems as though helen mirren has no beginning and no ending...

Sent by jay | 8:40 PM | 2-24-2008

"My stripper name is Dame Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison!"

Sent by neda ulaby - npr | 8:41 PM | 2-24-2008

Poledancing is a natural bit of research for an actress preparing to play a madam.

Sent by Seth in Kansas | 8:42 PM | 2-24-2008

Hm. Apparently, Diablo Cody and Helen Mirren share something in common...

Sent by Priya | 8:45 PM | 2-24-2008


Sent by BILL | 8:46 PM | 2-24-2008

I asked the waiter for a Slim Jim...I never expected one quite this large.

Sent by Scott | 8:55 PM | 2-24-2008

Helen Mirren does her Diablo Cody imitation before the Oscars.

Sent by Kevbo | 8:56 PM | 2-24-2008

Why yes I've taken up pole dancing. It's excellent cardio vascular workout.

Sent by Daniel | 9:19 PM | 2-24-2008

i believe hollywood is much more familiar with the "black" "list"....

Sent by jay stein | 9:26 PM | 2-24-2008

"I did it again and I have wearing the best red dress and the sexiest!"

Sent by Natalie Taylor | 9:45 PM | 2-24-2008

I'm singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain...

Sent by baselle | 10:06 PM | 2-24-2008

Oh don't worry about me, I'm just a little dizzy right now.

Sent by Maureen | 10:26 PM | 2-24-2008

Next one's for you (Crown Prince) Phillip!!

Sent by Marcey | 11:04 PM | 2-24-2008

Helen Mirren shows off her customized Lifetime Achievement Award statuette.

Sent by Leila | 5:25 AM | 2-25-2008

Diablo is this how you do it?

Sent by D Burgess | 7:45 AM | 2-25-2008

No crown, but forever looking Royal.

Sent by Diane Davis Santoriello | 7:45 AM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren on the set of the highly anticipated sequel to "Caligula"

Sent by Sean Bailey | 8:24 AM | 2-25-2008

All the good Diablo comments are taken! Perhaps thay can split the dollar bills between the two of them.

Sent by AJ Sours | 8:24 AM | 2-25-2008

They had some material left over from the carpet and poles so I used it for my dress.

Sent by D.C. | 8:44 AM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren practices for the after-party.

Sent by Dan S. | 9:01 AM | 2-25-2008

Not appropriate for the red carpet? I'll show you not appropriate!

Sent by L Martin | 9:06 AM | 2-25-2008

This is how I used to make money back in the day.

Sent by Paul Hamblin | 9:11 AM | 2-25-2008

Queen caught pole dancing at the Oscars.

Sent by M J Davis | 9:13 AM | 2-25-2008

Grasping the velvet pole, Mirren shows the crowd she harbors no hard feelings regarding the 1980 Oscar snub for her role in "Hussy".

Sent by Kris E. | 9:16 AM | 2-25-2008

Must...keep...roof...from...falling...onto...Oscar Watchers! this thing...heavy!

Sent by James K Chambliss | 9:34 AM | 2-25-2008

proving that queen's have more fun.

Sent by tracy rosen | 9:37 AM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren reminisces about her early career and how she got to where she is.

Sent by Matt | 10:13 AM | 2-25-2008

...when I was 17 it was a VERY good year

Sent by John J | 10:16 AM | 2-25-2008

say Mirren "the lovely strumpet Diablo Cody taught be to pole daahnce"

Sent by Mark | 10:21 AM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren begins her quest for a screenwriting Oscar by emulating Diablo Cody's career path.

Sent by Myron Andes | 10:33 AM | 2-25-2008

Now next year I will write the best screenplay.

Sent by Chuck S | 10:36 AM | 2-25-2008

Who says Sharon Stone can't pole dance.

Sent by Buck Regents | 10:46 AM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren is more like cinderella than an old queen in her stately and sexy, red, diamond-sleeved, dress.

Sent by Diane Polchinski | 10:49 AM | 2-25-2008

And it appears that Ms. Mirren is taking her role as a madam, in the upcoming film "Love Ranch," a little too far.

Sent by Kenney | 11:00 AM | 2-25-2008

In honor of screenwriter Diablo Cody, Helen Mirren gets ready to show off her lesser known pole-dancing skills.

Sent by Hilary Yodis | 11:02 AM | 2-25-2008

And here we see Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley both clad in stunning red.

Sent by Gary | 11:07 AM | 2-25-2008

I claim this land for the Queen of England!

Sent by Kerrry Garber | 11:17 AM | 2-25-2008

Darn it's windy!

Sent by Travis | 11:39 AM | 2-25-2008

No more for me tonight, I'm driving

Sent by Lud | 11:56 AM | 2-25-2008

Oh gosh, it's been YEARS since I did a pole dance, but sure, it'll be fun for a photo.

Sent by Paula in DC | 12:19 PM | 2-25-2008

I can act them all off the screen and stage - I'm just here for the fun, tonight.

Sent by Richard Davies | 12:34 PM | 2-25-2008

What Queen Elizabeth looks like in her dreams.

Sent by AnnMarie | 12:35 PM | 2-25-2008

I knew those pole dancing lessons would come in handy

Sent by m negley | 12:36 PM | 2-25-2008

What is this durn thing doing here? The workers must have left it out by accident. Well, I'll just pick it up and move it. Let's keep the Red Carpet tidy!

Sent by Sarah Dewey | 12:44 PM | 2-25-2008

Tonight I would like to play the role of a pollster-Who are you voting for?

Sent by CAthy Haase | 12:44 PM | 2-25-2008

"Goodness me! I thought you meant May-pole dancing!"

Sent by Susan Podebradsky | 12:54 PM | 2-25-2008


Sent by Funkfugiyama | 1:02 PM | 2-25-2008

Is the place spinning or is it me?

Sent by Steve LaDochy | 1:13 PM | 2-25-2008

Eat your heart out, Diablo Cody!!

Sent by B.A. Bowles | 1:34 PM | 2-25-2008

Hey - who do you think taught
Diablo Cody her pole moves???

Sent by Cina Kraft | 1:39 PM | 2-25-2008

"Wheee. What was in that cigarette Dennis Hopper gave me?"

Sent by Jane Sellman | 1:45 PM | 2-25-2008

Whewwh! It's been a while since I swung on one of these!

Sent by Ken Haygood, M.D. | 1:49 PM | 2-25-2008

They just don't make these poles as smooth as they used to.

Sent by Doug | 2:25 PM | 2-25-2008

Jack your heart out.

Sent by mbrunt | 3:04 PM | 2-25-2008

Helen Mirren officially puts an end to the pole dancing aerobics trend in Hollywood.

Sent by Chad Gallion | 3:16 PM | 2-25-2008

Pole dancing with class...

Sent by Matt Brutlag | 3:25 PM | 2-25-2008

Oh no - That pole is wearing the same dress as me!

Sent by Mike | 3:46 PM | 2-25-2008

All English journalists and single philanthropists, meet me back at the pole and then back on the bus after the loo break

Sent by Harvey in Manhattan | 3:48 PM | 2-25-2008

Hey sailor! wanna buy the Queen a drink?

Sent by Sergio Santander | 3:53 PM | 2-25-2008

They were predicting a cold snap, so I had the tailor add sleeves.

Sent by R3NOIR | 4:09 PM | 2-25-2008

"I do more than cupcakes.."

Sent by Brook | 4:19 PM | 2-25-2008

Doesn't anyone else realize there's an earthquake?

Sent by Ms Eggies | 4:24 PM | 2-25-2008

Although playful as she posies with the pole, she is an ethereal beauty!

Sent by taylormade0916 | 4:51 PM | 2-25-2008

". . . and next I'll be writing a screenplay about a 16 yr old who gets pregnant"

Sent by Jerry | 6:28 PM | 2-25-2008

"Hey look everybody,"H" for Helen, cool huh?

Sent by Catherine Anderson | 3:07 PM | 2-26-2008