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Older and wiser Keaton garners praise
Diane Keaton in Something's Gotta Give
Keaton is nominated for best actress
Diane Keaton is once again flavour of the month - 27 years after she found fame in Woody Allen's comedy classic Annie Hall.

Her performance in Something's Gotta Give as the romantic focus for two men - a womaniser played by Jack Nicholson and a young doctor played by Keanu Reeves - has received high praise and warranted an Oscar nomination.

It has also helped change many preconceptions about what constitutes a romantic comedy.

The 58-year-old actress has proved there is an appetite among audiences for romantic comedies which do not necessarily feature young actors.

'Made sense'

"I think it was a central theme to somehow give hope to all those people out there, all those baby boomers who are right in the middle of this experience in their life," she told the BBC.

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"I thought that it's something that happens in life - and the role itself made sense.

"I think the enjoyment of another person is something special and my character got to really enjoy this woman, this person."

Keaton's career has been closely allied with that of her former partner Woody Allen.

Her biggest successes are films which Allen directed, including Sleeper and Radio Days, and a small role in Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy.

Annie Hall earned her an Oscar win as best actress, and she received Academy Award nominations in 1982 for Reds and in 1997 for Marvin's Room.

A strong script, performance and a few brief moments of nudity from Keaton in Something's Gotta Give have helped generate all-important publicity.

Blossomed

She says the movie tells that it is okay to have romantic feelings no matter what your age.

Her acting has been praised in the film, with many critics saying she has blossomed in the role.

Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson
The film is a romantic comedy for an older audience
"The way that it was a leap forward for me was that it was so intimate, and I'm so terrified of being so intimate.

"And it had been so long since I'd been in a love story. Because it really is a love story above everything else."

The film has also been seen as a standard bearer for older Hollywood actresses and has helped revitalise Keaton's career, which has been patchy in the last decade or so.

"I think I've just been - although I didn't know - waiting for this part for the last 20 years," she says.

She says she has no problems with being so fondly remembered as the ditsy Annie Hall.

"It doesn't irritate me for one second. I really feel like it gave me all the opportunities that I had and all these people that I've worked with."




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