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Marcia Gay Harden scored the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2001 for her role in Pollock

By Alexia Fernández
April 08, 2021 09:00 PM
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Editor's Note: Marcia Gay Harden has since issued a statement clarifying that she "never met" Judi Dench after it was implied in a recent interview that Dench "wasn't so happy" with Harden's Oscar win for Pollock. The two were up for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001.

Marcia Gay Harden's Oscar win was the major surprise of the 2001 Academy Awards.

Many outlets reported that the actress implied in an interview with Vulture that Judi Dench, who was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the award that year, "wasn't so happy" with Harden's win for Pollock

Others nominated within that category alongside Harden were Kate Hudson for Almost Famous, Frances McDormand for Almost Famous, Julie Walters for Billy Elliot and Dench for Chocolat

"It just felt great. And by the way, I felt the girls were really happy for me as well. There was one I will not mention — but it wasn't Kate — who seemingly wasn't so happy," Harden told the publication.

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Marcia Gay Harden with her Oscar in 2001
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"And I'm friends with Frances McDormand. There you go," Harden said. "Frances doesn't give a s---."

The Mystic River actress also ruled out Walters in the interview.

In an Instagram post days later, Harden said the comment was "misrepresented."

"In a recent interview, one of my answers that related to Dame Judi Dench was misrepresented. I have never met Ms. Dench — though if I had, I am certain I would have found her to be as generous and supportive as she is respected. I am deeply sorry for anything that would have led anyone to think otherwise," Harden's post read.

A rep for Dench did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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