Michelle Williams was absent from the London premiere of My Week With Marilyn, in which she takes the title role of Marilyn Monroe. Luckily for her, Emma Watson was more than happy to take centre stage.

My Week With Marilyn had its London premiere on Sunday to the delight of fans that lined the red carpet. And with the star of the film, Michelle Williams, conspicuously absent from the festivities, it was up to the British supporting cast to fill the void. Most notably Emma Watson.

Fresh out of the last Harry Potter movie, and less than a month before its release on DVD, Watson can be seen as Marilyn Monroe’s wardrobe assistant Lucy in the film opening in theatres on the 25th November 2011. It was up to her to bring the Hollywood glamour to the carpet, and boy did she rise to the challenge, wowing the public and media in a stunning black skirt and white peplum top combination, courtesy of Jason Wu. Needless to say she more than made up for Williams’ disappointing, but unavoidable absence.

The film is set around Marilyn Monroe’s brief time in England when she played opposite Lawrence Olivier in The Prince and the Show Girl. Based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, Olivier’s Third Assistant Director (really a dogsbody), the film documents the tension between his boss and Miss Monroe during production. Critics have so far been impressed with Williams’ portrayal of the tragic star, a performance that makes sense of the enigma that was one of the most intriguing stars of the 1950s.

Much speculation of Michelle Williams’ immanent Oscar nomination is already circulating. The Academy are notorious for honoring actors who give convincing portrayals of real people. Last year, the best actor Oscar went to Brit Colin Firth for his role as King George VI in the much acclaimed The King’s Speech.

We’ll have to wait until next year to find out. Until then My Week with Marilyn is released on 25th November 2011.

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