It’s been a fine year for women in film. Negga’s quiet resolve in Loving to Natalie Portman’s searing anguish in Jackie, the Best Actress field is packed with complex, nuanced characters. But the real race is between Isabelle Huppert for her dark, morally murky role in Elle and Emma Stone for her bittersweet, love-affirming performance in La La Land. Stone has the edge.
There’s been a growing appreciation from the Academy that what Emma made look easy demanded real talent and precision. Plus, she’s the only actress whose movie is also nominated for Best Picture. And this year, that should matter.
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Who Will & Should Win ::
Emma Stone vs. Isabelle Huppert
The “Easy A” star delivers career-best work as a struggling actor realizing her dreams’ reach may have exceeded her grasp. Recent “La La Land” backlash could make for an upset in this category, with Oscar voters preferring to go with Isabelle Huppert for “Elle” instead of Stone — BUT the Academy also loves to award a young up-and-comer (re: J-Law). To sway them fully on Team Stone, I hope they rewatch her character’s first audition scene, the one where she cries on cue having while faking a phone call. The scene’s an all-timer.
Who Should Win:
Isabelle Huppert. Portman was flawless, but Huppert was fearless. There’s so much going on with Huppert’s titular character in the revenge drama “Elle” — she’s survived a sexual assault and is maneuvering the politics (sexual and otherwise) in the video game company where she works, all while trying to figure out the identity of the masked man who attacked her. Oh, and she’s also the daughter of a notorious serial killer who may or may not have participated in her father’s ghoulish activities. This is a performance so layered that its layers have layers. And a lot of the more “problematic” aspects melt away in the simple humanity of Huppert’s performance. It’s nuanced and grateful and utterly unforgettable. If the Academy had guts then they’d award it to Huppert. But they don’t, so they won’t. It’s enough to make you want to seek revenge.
This list includes both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Nominees…
1. Isabelle Huppert
:Best Actress – Elle : Director : Paul Verhoeven
After a compelling 40-plus-year career, Isabelle Huppert received her first Oscar nomination for her complex performance in Sony Classics’ “Elle.” The recognition was a “This film means so much to me,” she says. “And with this nomination, [director] Paul Verhoeven is also rewarded.” Huppert was raised in the western suburbs of Paris and trained at a conservatory near Versailles.
To put it bluntly, “Elle” blew critics mind — and Huppert’s performance is 95% of the reason they’re still trying put their brain back together. She’s fearless, unpredictable, and unequivocally magnetic as Michèle Leblanc. If critics muster the courage to watch the film a second time, the primary reason will be to once again witness a supreme talent like Huppert prove that film acting can truly be transcendent.
Wins : Golden Globes :BestActressDrama
Best Foreign Language Film
What was the movie that changed your life?
“The Lacemaker,” which was really important for me. My mother had told me that I should read the book because the description of the character was so close to me. It was as if the author, Pascal Lainé, had written the role for me! Every actress hopes to encounter such a part somewhere in her career, and I was incredibly fortunate to experience that at a very early stage in my life. That opportunity defined how I was perceived as an actress from that point on.
For me, it’s not a role. I don’t like the idea of character, for example. A character for me is very arbitrary; it gives you only limitations. I prefer to think I just play situations, states of minds,
feelings. Great projects are always rare. I mean, it’s not like you sit on top of the pile of great masterpieces and say, ‘Oh, what should I do?’ It never happens like that.
Isabelle Huppert said this about her approach to acting.
Huppert believes her film should be billed as a “human comedy”
on ‘Elle’: “Because it is so funny, you see the depth and the darkness.”
2. Emma Stone
:Best Actress – La La Land : Director: Damien Chazelle
24 films, including La La Land (2016) and Battle of the Sexes(2017).
Emma Stone wins for La La Land…
Golden Globes :Best Actress Musical or Comedy…
SAG : Performance by an Female Actor in a Leading Role…
BAFTA Best Actress…
Emma won GoldenGlobe for BestActress MusicalorComedy.
Acting chops matter most, but adorability never hurts, and this Emma Stone has in tidy supply. A natural blonde, Stone has registered her greatest impact on-screen as a scorchy redhead, first in Superbad, later setting the high-school halls abuzz in Easy A, finding romance in the inexplicably titled Crazy, Stupid, Love, and co-starring in a pair of Woodys (charming Colin Firth in Magic in the Moonlight and jostling Joaquin Phoenix’s moody moods in Irrational Man). Restored to blondeness, Stone played the uncharacteristically abrasive part of the wounded, resentful daughter in Birdman, a small volcanic eruption that earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. Stone finds herself in the Oscar steeplechase again this year after winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical for her swirly, ardent luminance in La La Land, a valentine to Hollywood musicals and the Los Angeles dusk directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), which re-teams her with Crazy, Stupid, Love manwich Ryan Gosling. A sensation at the Venice Film Festival, La La Land was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, that finicky tribe of cannibals.
Stone, for “La La Land.” Of the six major Oscar races, this will be the one to watch on Oscar night, as it is the toughest one to call. Stone (pictured above, with Ryan Gosling) appears to have the late momentum, plus she has earned the Golden Globe and the SAG, which tradition tells us is a strong sign of eventual Oscar success. But Portman has earned her share of award-season accolades as well, putting her in prime position to pull the upset, especially if voters can’t bring themselves to vote for “La La Land” in all 14 categories in which it appears on their Oscar ballot. The French actress Isabelle Huppert is also in what amounts to a three-way logjam here, though she might be a step or two behind Portman.
I’m always gonna love you.
I’m always gonna love you, too.
City of stars, are you shining just for me?
City of stars, there’s so much that I can’t see
City of stars, you never shined so brightly
Trivia & Comments ::
Damian Chapelle decided to cast Emma Stone after seeing this performance:
Broadway production of “Cabaret”
“Some other girl and guy would love the swirling sky but there’s only you and I, and we’ve got no shot.”
— A Lovely Night from La La Land
“La La Land” somehow reminds me of manhua “The One” by Nicky Lee. Could not to re-read some chapters. It is maybe the best non-fantasy non-science-fiction love-story I’ve ever read.
P.S. Also this movie reminds me of “The Notebook”. But “La La Land” definitely has better chemistry between the characters. No offense.
3. Natalie Portman
:Best Actress – Jackie : Director :Pablo Lorrain
37 films, including Jackie (2016); one Academy Award.
A super-concentrated packet whose features have the precision of an X-Acto knife, Natalie Portman literally and figuratively blasted out of the box as a pubescent punkette assassin in The Professional(1994) and hasn’t taken a breather since, working with the top stratum of directors in a carousel of genres ranging from costume drama (The Other Boleyn Girl) to space opera (the Star Warsprequel trilogy), to mirror-splintering psychodrama (Black Swan, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role). And now, dominating the camera frame while scarcely moving a facial muscle (Garbo-esque close-ups galore), is her command performance as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie, a master class in how to use deportment, etiquette, feathery enunciation, and impeccable fashion taste to ward off chaos and the howling wolves of grief. From Jackie’s blood-spattered pink Chanel-styled suit to her widow’s black veil and mourning dress as she staggers through the milky-white mist of Arlington National Cemetery, the film is iconography in sleepwalk motion, history as a trance state.
Portman. She drew a tough assignment in portraying Jacqueline Kennedy in Pablo Larrain’s unconventional biopic, but she proved up to the challenge. Not only did she believably portray the former first lady, but she exhibited a rare ability to essentially own a film from beginning to end.
In short, her turn in “Jackie” marks the performance of her career.
Don’t look at me like that. I was First Lady of the United States. Women have been doing far worse for far less.
I was just so happy that he could be proud. Cause then I was having the baby and I couldn’t campaign and then we got in the White House and all the things I’d always done, suddenly they became wonderful. Because if anything the First Lady does that is different, everyone seizes on… I was just so happy for Jack that he could be proud of me. Those were our happiest years. – JackieKennedy
“John is someone I admired my whole life because he seems to exude the truth. Jackie did talk to priests and I have a Catholic background, so it felt important to bring that into the story. There is a pivotal moment in their conversation that is crucial to understanding how Jackie found the strength to go on.”
— Pablo Larraín on John Hurt’s role as The Priest in Jackie
Can I say goodbye?
Yes, of course you can, my love.
“In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
Mica Levi’s score is beautiful.
There comes a time in man’s search for meaning when he realizes that there are no answers. And when you come to the horrible and unavoidable realization, you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching.
Trivia & Comments ::
-Director Pablo Larraín said Natalie Portman was the sole choice for the role.
-Designer Zac Posen credits part of his early success to Natalie Portman.
– The Academy has historically shown a preference for period films and wild fantasy. Score one for Camelot.
-Three times as much for equally-matched leading male and female roles is a jarring insight into the extent of the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
-“I knew and went along with it because there’s this thing with ‘quotes’ in Hollywood,” she told the magazine. “His was three times higher than mine so they said he should get three times more.
-“I wasn’t as pissed as I should have been. I mean, we get paid a lot, so it’s hard to complain, but the disparity is crazy.”
-“Compared to men, in most professions, women make 80 cents to the dollar. In Hollywood, we are making 30 cents to the dollar.”
-The gender pay gap has been a hot topic in Hollywood in recent years since Patricia Arquette made an impassioned speech about the issue when accepting the Oscar for best supporting actress for Boyhood in 2015.
-Oh, what biopics can be! A spectacular portrait of a fascinating woman. Portman is dazzling, and everything else is just ridiculously on point. Larraín triumphs!
”The film is frustratingly obvious and pushes the viewer into a passive role. We watch Jackie lay everything bare, leaving no room for personal curiosity.”
Without an inherent curiosity for Jackie Onassis or the events surrounding Kennedy’s assassination, there isn’t much to draw the viewer in. Natalie Portman does a decent job portraying Jackie’s process of grief amidst the chaos of her husband’s assassination; however, the film relies on her acting to carry the entire film, almost to an unfair extent as the camera fixates on her face, scrutinizing its various contortions as jarring fluctuations of silence or heavy orchestra lend an air of immense gravitas that is hard to live up to.
It’s too much responsibility to place on just one actress. Beyond surface-level deliveries of sadness, defiance, shock, or other rote emotions, there is little undercurrent of anything more. Portman switches between the expressions well enough, but through no fault of hers the film lacks an inner world despite its very efforts to portray a voyeuristic, behind-the-scenes study of Jackie Kennedy.
I found this film heavy-handed and would’ve given it a 2/5 but compromised at 3/5 when taking into account critics’ consensus (8/10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 81/100 on Metacritic).
Does it pass the Bechdel Test? YES
Unlike so many films with female leads who unfortunately see their screen time eroded by male support characters—Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ex-Machina, or The Hunger Gamescome to mind—Jackie walks the walk. Portman is almost always on screen and she receives the largest share of dialogue, so this film gets an easy 5/5 on Gender.
All White cast, but accurate for the context of this story. While we normally grade 3/5 for a film that doesn’t move the needle but remains accurate to its true-life context, I lowered the score for the following reasons:
This was a film made in 2016 that offered 0/51 roles to Non-White actors. Not good enough.
In 1960, over 11% of the U.S. population was Non-White.* Based off the 51 characters listed on IMDB, we could’ve seen up to five background characters of color and still had it be believable for the era, especially in crowd shots. Yet no efforts were made to be inclusive from a racial standpoint. At some point, you have to stop making excuses.
No representation but too short a program to ding them for it.
Mediaversity Grade: C+ 3.3/5
Portman does her best, but director Larraín bites off more than he can chew with Jackie as he force-feeds us an excess of grief, complete with wracking sobs and dripping make-up against a backdrop of oppressive silence or overpowering instrumentals.
Overall, it’s all so, frustratingly, obvious and pushes the viewer into a passive role as we observe the film laying everything bare, leaving no room for personal curiosity.
For awhile, I tried to pay attention and dutifully watched as Jackie grieved or presented a stiff upper lip with all the subtlety of a hammer. But she didn’t need my help in telling her story. And so, perhaps selfishly, I tuned it out altogether.
This is her 3rd nomination. Natalie was nominated for Best SuppActress for ‘Closer’ and won the Oscar for
Meryl Streep enjoys her record 20th Oscar nomination this year. She is also referred as ‘Queen Meryl‘ and is the most celebrated actress in Hollywood. Many critics has given her the tag of ‘Living Legend of Cinema’
Streep received her 20th nomination for “Florence Foster Jenkins.” She is predicted to lose to either Emma Stone (“La La Land”) or Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), but her place in the record books as the most nominated actress of all time looks to be quite secure for now.
Trivia & Comments ::
This Movie and Year marks Meryl’s…
Nomination|| Award | Movie
30th |Golden Globes | FFJ
20th | Oscar | Florence
| | Foster
| | Jenkins
15th | BAFTA | FFJ
17th | SAG | FFJ
Out of 20 Oscar nominations,
Meryl won Oscars for 3 movies :
-Best Actress = ‘The Iron Lady,’ & ‘Sophie’s Choice,’
-Best Supp Actress =‘Kramer vs. Kramer’
With co-star Hugh Grant in’FFJ’
5. Ruth Negga
:Best Actress – Loving :
13 films, including Loving (2016).
The Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga has eyes intentful enough to shift objects around on-screen—a near-telekinetic focus that can shove aside anyone crowding her path (as evidenced by her brash Tulip O’Hare in AMC’s Preacher). What makes her performance in Jeff Nichols’s Loving so quietly capturing is how long her character’s direct gaze is kept warily under wraps, deflecting scrutiny, biding its time. For good reason: in the real-life 1960s South, where the film is set, a direct look from a black person at a white man in authority was considered an affront—it could get you killed. Loving is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an inter-racial couple whose marriage was treated as a crime in their home state of Virginia, and as a victory when the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, in 1967.
It is Richard (Joel Edgerton, chiseled and hunkered-in) who is insistent at first on setting things right, then Mildred who proves the persistent one, seizing the baton when he starts to hang back, and whose eyes, no longer averted, are on the prize.
Trivia & Comments ::
This is Ruth Negga’s 1st Oscar nom.
Ruth Negga calls Bette Davis her hero and said: “I base everything I do on her.”
Negga made her film debut in Neil Jordan’s ‘Breakfast on Pluto.’
#Best Supporting Actress Nominees :-
6. Nicole Kidman
:Best Supp Actress – Lion:
Trivia & Comments ::
This is her 11th Golden Globes nomination(won 3).
4th Oscar & Bafta nomination(won 1 each).
9th SAG nomination (Never won).
Nicole Kidman was chosen by Saroo Brierly
“I instantly thought of Nicole…”Brierley said in an interview.
Kidman’s first nomination was for ‘Moulin Rouge!’ She won for ‘The Hours.’
7. Viola Davis
:Best Supp Actress – Fences :
76 Films including – Fences.
Viola. Viola. Viola. She might have won in the Best Actress category had she gone for it, but running in this field may ensure her the win. The three-time nominee never makes a false move as the heart of Fences. Her biggest competition comes from Michelle Williams’ equally heartbreaking performance in Manchester by the Sea, whose brief moments on screen ache with long-lived loss.
“If Viola Davis manages to lose this, then something is rumbling wrong in the earth. ”
“You can see when you listen to Viola Davis, the passion for this project. It was a major deal to bring August Wilson to the screen. This was the first time any of his great plays have become a movie. And Viola represents and she does it really well.”
Like Mahershala Ali in the Supporting Actor category, this contest is done and dusted and, again, the best performance will win. No disrespect to the great work of the other nominees, but Viola Davis has the most to do in Fences – and does it unforgettably.
Davis won the Tony Award for her role as Rose opposite co-star and director Denzel Washington on Broadway, and having been nominated in the past for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt and Best Actress for The Help – there’s an argument she should’ve won for either or both – she will get her rightful reward this time.
Davis’ is a performance of such power – all the way from quiet to explosive – that it measures up to anything we’ve seen in the last few decades. As the weary wife who has stood by her man, she is the heart of Fences, and while she’s ended up in the Supporting Actress category for, it appears, matters of strategy, she should really be in the Best Actress shake-up. Just watch the bombshell moment in Fencesthat starts in the kitchen and ends up in the backyard – stunning work and recognition long overdue.
Trivia & Comments ::
This is Viola’s 3rd Oscar Nomination. Making her the most nominated African American women at the Oscars.
Having already won an Emmy and a Tony, an Oscar win for Davis would put her one step away from the coveted EGOT, needing only a Grammy to complete the showbiz grand slam. Does she sing? Answer: “Cannot predict now.”
Both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis took home Best Performance Tony Awards.
Davis won the Emmy in 2015 for in “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Thus becoming the 1st African American Women ever to win ‘Best Drama Actress in a TV series’ at the Emmy (2015).
8. Michelle Williams
:Best Supp Actress – Manchester by the Sea :
47 Films including – MBTS.
Michelle Williams singed on to do the film before reading the script.
“Definitely … that’s the kind of artist that Kenny is …’ Williams said.
This marks her 4th Oscar, Golden Globes and Bafta nomination.
Previous Oscar Predictions :
– Best Actress = ‘Blue Valentine,’My Week with Marilyn,’
-Best Supp Actress -=’Brokeback Mountain,’and ‘Manchester by the Sea’
9. Octavia Spencer
:Best Supp Actress – Hidden Figures :
120 Films including – Hidden Figures.
2nd Oscar Nomination.
She won Supporting Actress Oscar for The Help (2011).
She became the 1st African American actress to be nominated for an Oscar, while has won an Oscar previously.
10. Naomie Harris
:Best Supp Actress – Moonlight :
42 Films including Moonlight (2016).
Naomie Harris ditched a suitcase full of ‘Spectre’ premiere gowns for three days to shoot ‘Moonlight.’
Naomie Harris shot her Oscar-nominated role for ‘Moonlight’ in just three days.
Talk about time management: Harris had a three-day break from promoting her James Bond film Spectre (she plays Moneypenny) to shoot Moonlight. That meant setting aside red carpets and designer gowns to get into the mindset of a crack addict. “They took me straight from the airport to set,” she recalls. “I didn’t realize I was going to be wearing these tiny little shorts — my first scene was deep crack addiction, so obviously she doesn’t (care) what she’s wearing. That’s when I got a little scared. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m really going to have to go for this.’ ”
Naomie Harris received her first Oscar nomination for ‘Moonlight.’
She is famously recognized for her role in the James Bond films as Moneypenny.
The 89th annual Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26.