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- Dora Mavor Moore Awards
– Dora Mavor Moore Award, Outstanding Female Performance
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- * No longer able to suppress her desire to act, Sandy Duarte resigned from her career within the Fashion Industry to dedicate herself full time to her acting career. Sandy has had various roles in a number of theater and film projects, most notably as Noelle in Tom Walmsleys BLOOD which garnered her the very prestigious 2011 Dora Mavor Moore Award for "Outstanding Female Performance". In a category she shared with theatre giants, Rosemary Dunsmore, Kyra Harper, Peggy Baker and Maria Vacratsis; Duarte was honored to be amongst these very respected women, and to win her first Dora award.
As a followup to her award winning stage performance in Tom Walmsley's BLOOD, Duarte has just recently completed her latest stage production of Tom Walmsley's world premiere show THE NUN'S VACATION, in which she stars and produced. She was grateful to not only work with the playwright once more, but to also be given the opportunity to have the exclusive on his new play. The critics and fans touted its success, and Toronto's NOW Magazine garnered them "critics pick" with a 4/5.
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow", is a quote that Duarte strongly believes in and lives by, thus her constant need to challenge herself with roles that feed her need to grow and better herself as an actor and as a human being.
- "No one on the cast stands out, save for Robert Miano, best remembered as Sonny Red from Donnie Brasco. The most seasoned actor in the film, Miano has more than a few great scene-stealing moments. I was also surprised by newbie actress Sandy Duarte, one of the most gorgeous women that I've ever seen in film". - Amazon.ca, film 2:22 review
- "The acting in this show is superb! Dora Award-winning Sandy Duarte does a stunning job as the nun on vacation and shows us a wide range of emotions, making her character multi-faceted and engaging to watch. She gets you on her side and makes you care about her outcome."
- The cast is uniformly good...and together all three make us believe in the lust and violence between every combination of characters possible."
- "Sandy Duarte plays Noelle. Her performance is powerful. She is dominant and controlling. She is a gifted, charismatic and passionate woman". http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2010...
- "I come across a lot of actors. Ive met bad ones, good ones and great ones. Everyone from 1st year acting students, to the actor who has no chops, but no one ever tells him; to some of the greats like James Earl Jones, Sean Penn and Glenn Close. I mention Glenn Close in particular, because what she seems like on screen she is not in person. On screen she seems like this 6 foot tall ball crunching beast.
In person, Glenn Close is maybe 5 foot 2, 5 foot 3 at best (even though IMDB says shes 5 foot 5) and speaks with a tiny voice to strangers and appears a bit detached.
Sandy Duarte is the Portuguese Glenn Close.
Blood, is certainly not a Vampire story. But its got teeth. And its coming at you with a mouthful, gnashing away at every fiber of your being in the form of Sandy Duarte. If you want to see a future Dora nominee (Canadas answer to the Tony Awards) or a future Genie Award nominee (Canadas answer to the Oscars), look no further than Sandy Duarte".
- "For pure pathos, I tip my hat to Sandy Duarte and her turn in Bulgarian Princess, Monologue #22, for churning the audiences emotions by reminding us of the important role of the father in child development.
The emotional tug-of-war her character goes through while unexpectedly dining with a Bulgarian princess and her adoring father is too much to bear and we worry what might happen to our protagonist when she goes home. Shes a broken human being with a fragile veneer. Will she do something awful to herself after an excruciating night of witnessing third-person father-daughter time that she has so longed for? We feel uneasy as the lights dim
Duarte is fast making the rounds in Toronto as a respected actress who knows that the first word in the film business is respect and the second word is talent. Mad props to her on both
- "theres no denying the plays power, especially when Duartes middle-class Elizabeth begins unpacking her own psychological baggage".
- "Stephen Chambers puts on a commanding performance with stillness and good intent as does Sandy Duarte who portrays her character with such organic realism that you feel there is no acting at all".
Blogger/filmmaker Ryan Singh
- "The actors do honourable work. As Shannon, Sandy Duarte has that combination of sensual come-on, inexperience, and raging lust. Shannon pines for both men, She lusts for Pierce. She wants BrodyI just dont know why. Perhaps that first sexual experience was enough to engage her. He does something during the play to kill that". - The Slotkin Letter
- "Sandy Duarte as Sandra brought an amazing naivety and innocence to a character that seemed to be dressed at all times with but a sliver of clothing. Shes a flirt, as Brody says, but shes also a strange creature (the titular Nun) in a strange land".
- "When I recall Mitra S. Bullock, all I can think is Wow. Look out for this woman to set every stage she walks on aflame! Her performance reminded me of Sandy Duarte in Blood."