“Sweetie, I don’t know if we ever figure our lives out, and the people who help you might not be who you thought,” says Annette Bening in a bittersweet new trailer for the film “20th Century Women,” which A24 released on Tuesday, November 1. That’s one of the core themes of the film, in which Bening plays a single mother in 1979 who enlists the help of two other women (bohemian Greta Gerwig and lost soul Elle Fanning) to help her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) grow up to be a good man. Watch the trailer above.
Bening is a major contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination according to the predictions of our Experts, who place her fourth with 15/2 odds as of this writing. It would be the fifth nomination for Bening. She previously contended for Best Supporting Actress for “The Grifters” (1990) and Best Actress for “American Beauty” (1999), “Being Julia” (2004) and “The Kids Are All Right” (2010). But she has yet to prevail. Will this be her ticket to the winner’s circle?
The film is written and directed by Mike Mills, who recently helped another veteran win an overdue Oscar: Christopher Plummer, who won Best Supporting Actor for Mills’s “Beginners” (2011) at age 82, which made him the oldest acting winner in history. Perhaps Mills can direct Bening to her first Oscar as well, but she might not be the film’s only awards contender. “Gerwig and Fanning get to have all the fun. Both are always good, but neither has ever been better,” says Indiewire critic David Ehrlich about the standout supporting performances. Guardian writer Jordan Hoffman agrees that “the performances are what linger. All are terrific.”
What do you think about the awards chances of “20th Century Women”? Watch the new trailer above and make sure to make or update your predictions.
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