Judi Dench had an encounter with homophobes at the Oscars

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The acting legend recalled the story to Graham Norton that at the Oscar ceremony 2004 people went furious about the unexpected success of ‘Brokeback mountain’. At the same time Dame Dench gave her voice to a cow at the cartoon ‘Home on the range’. The name of the cartoon was changed by homophobes into ‘Homos on the range’ and Mrs. Dench let the haters know that whatever irritated them, the innocent cartoon about cows cannot be used as a weapon of hate. The actress may have taken the protest personally, as within just a few years of the incident she starred in gay-themed thriller Notes on a Scandal where she played a lesbian sprinter.Notes on a Scandal took Dench back to the Oscars, as she bagged a Best Actress nomination for the role. The James Bond actress opened up about the protest while appearing on the Graham Norton Show’s sofa tonight alongside Jamie Foxx, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell. She also opened up about being impersonated by comic Tracey Ullman, who has a recurring skit featuring Dench as a thief who uses her celebrity status to get away with crimes. Dame Judi confessed: “I think she is brilliant but she has got me into a lot of trouble. I was at a farm shop with a big bag over my shoulder the other day and I was having a look at all the stuff for sale when the salesman said, ‘Watch it!’, implying I was about to steal something!”

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