Michelle Pfeiffer: Oscar for ‘mother!’ after 3 losses?

Michelle Pfeiffer hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in 25 years, but if early buzz is true she could be returning to the ceremony next year for her role in Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film “mother!” Much of the movie has been shrouded in secrecy (watch the trailer here), but early reports hint that Pfeiffer steals the film. As such, Pfeiffer currently leads the race for Best Supporting Actress, according to Gold Derby’s 2018 Oscar predictions.

Should the hype materialize and Pfeiffer end up with a nomination, it would mark a second notch in Pfeiffer’s return to awards prominence. She was recently nominated for her first Emmy Award for her performance in “The Wizard of Lies,” where she plays the wife of famed financial criminal Bernie Madoff (Robert De Niro). See Gold Derby’s Emmy predictions for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress.

Pfeiffer made a pretty strong mark on Oscar voters in the late 80s and early 90s, scoring three nominations in five years. She was first nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for her work in “Dangerous Liasons” but lost the award to Geena Davis for “The Accidental Tourist.” The following year Pfeiffer received her first Best Actress nomination for her role as a lounge singer in “The Fabulous Baker Boys” (1989). She lost out to Jessica Tandy in “Driving Miss Daisy,” which also won Best Picture. Pfeiffer managed to find an odd place in award record books that year when she became the only person ever to win the four top film critics’ group awards (New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, National Board of Review, and the National Society of Film Critics’ Awards) but then not go on to receive the Oscar.

Three years later Pfeiffer received her third Oscar nomination for a largely forgotten film called “Love Field” (1992). That same year she also gave one of her most popular performances as Catwoman in “Batman Returns.” There was speculation that Pfeiffer may be nominated for that film, but in the end the Academy went with “Love Field,” a much more conventional Oscar film.

Aronofsky has often seemed to enjoy reviving actors’ careers by giving them juicy roles in his new films. Examples of this are Ellen Burstyn in “Requiem for a Dream,” Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler,” and Winona Ryder in “Black Swan.” The final word on “mother!” should be out soon, since the film is set to premiere within the next few weeks prior to its September 15 release.

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