In the market for a little real estate? Maybe you’d like a suburban New York mansion that was the longtime home of Helen Hayes and her husband, playwright Charles MacArthur. The house in Nyack is called Pretty Penny. The asking price is quite a bit more than a penny — just under $5 million. The Journal News says guests there over the years included Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Rosalind Russell, Ed Sullivan, Noel Coward, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn, and Vivien Leigh. The couple also hosted Cole Porter, F. Scott Fitz-gerald, and John Barrymore. Edward Hopper did a painting of Pretty Penny in 1939. Other owners have included Rosie O’Donnell. Russell Crowe rented Pretty Penny in 2006.
In an awards season that seems to have a ceremony for every facet of filmmaking, the Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild awards returned after a 10-year hiatus with an award for Johnny Depp. The actor (inset) received the first ever distinguished artisan award for his work in such films as ‘‘Edward Scissorhands,’’ ‘‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’’ and ‘‘Alice in Wonderland.’’ Depp’s honor was presented by his longtime collaborator and makeup artist Joel Harlow, who is nominated for an Academy Award this year for makeup in ‘‘The Lone Ranger.’’ Depp also starred in the film. ‘‘This is a great honor, but glancing up at the screen I realize what a ridiculous thing I’ve done,’’ joked Depp while accepting his trophy after clips of his work were shown at Paramount Studios theater on Saturday evening. ‘‘I mean seriously, why do they still give me jobs?’’ he added. ‘‘I’ve done a lot of things . . . I should probably apologize for a few, but I won’t.’’ Praising the work of the makeup artists who’ve helped him ‘‘find the root of each character,’’ the soft-spoken actor said he liked when his face was molded in ‘‘A Nightmare on Elm Street.’’ ‘‘I found, oddly, that I liked being encased in all of that stuff,’’ he said.
The other Oscars
The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes and spectacular explosions possible have their own Oscar ceremony. Actors Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, recognizing more than 50 of the most creative men in the movie business. Two Oscar statuettes were presented among the night’s 21 awards: one to Peter W. Anderson for his contributions to 3-D technology, and one in honor of the countless owners and operators of film-processing labs over the past century. ‘‘The Dark Knight’’ writer-director Christopher Nolan accepted the film lab Oscar, which will be on permanent display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles when it opens in 2017.
On fracking and floods
Never mind the fashion: Vivienne Westwood has it down to a T. More importantly, the veteran designer wants to talk about fracking and the floods wreaking havoc in Britain. The grand dame’s show notes urged guests at her London Fashion Week showcase Sunday to join a rally against fracking, a technique the energy industry uses to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel, and chemicals. She also told reporters backstage that climate change must be addressed to stop the damage caused by extreme weather conditions. Commenting on Britain’s relentlessly wet and windy winter, the designer told of how gale-force winds forced her and her husband to get off their bicycles on their way home this week ‘‘because we would have been blown into the river.’’ Environmental concerns aside, the designer showcased a collection that was signature Westwood, with tartan, pinstripes, expertly nipped in blazers, and perfectly draped dresses. The models’ matte red lips, tousled curly hairstyles, retro pill box hats and mid-heel court shoes gave the collection a classic, retro feel. ‘‘I really wanted to emphasize, to epitomize, my English look,’’ she said.
“I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been a continual, profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence: the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.” — Cate Blanchett, during her best actress acceptance speech at the BAFTA Awards on Sunday night.