Across the Universe
"The next day, one of my little daughters, Thando—if you watched the special, she was the girl who said she wanted to be an actress—said, 'Mama Oprah, it was a feast for my soul,'" Oprah says. "She said, 'My eyes didn't know where to land. I couldn't take it all in, but it's all right here. I'm going to carry it for the rest of my life.'"
While the stories of Jude, Lucy, Sadie and JoJo are told in musical interludes, Julie packs those moments with dazzling special effects, animation and puppetry. The combination of songs and visuals—and famous cameos from musicians and actors like Salma Hayek and Bono—add up to a stroke of genius unlike anything you've ever seen.
Julie says making a film as unique as Across the Universe with a mostly unknown cast was "daunting." "Evan Rachel Wood [who plays Lucy] is very well known. But we are introducing to people five more tremendous young stars," Julie says. "And that takes a lot of risk on the part of the producers. And they backed it."
"It was the most terrifying moment," she says. "I just felt that ultimately, that was it. I got to do the movie and sit with him and have him see it. And he sat next to me and when 'All My Loving' started, he sang under his breath. That was it!"
What did he think? "At the end I did the classic thing. I said, 'Was there anything you didn't like?' He said, 'What's not to like?' And it was just those words."
The audience sang along with a show-stopping rendition of "All You Need Is Love."