FYC: Alicia Vikander in “Ex Machina”

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  • FilmGuy619
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    I know that this is pretty early, and this scenario is VERY unlikely to happen, but after seeing Ex Machina, I figured I’d create my own FYC post on why I think Alicia Vikander deserves an Oscar nomination for her performance as the enigmatic android named Ava. I recognize that the Academy has a special stigma against sci-fi films as they will mainly recognize them in the typical tech categories even though it has been proven they can be more than that as they have occasionally shown (District 9, Inception, Star Wars, Gravity, Her, etc.). 

    But while Vikander may be playing an android in Ex Machina, she still creates a very complex characterization out of it by going from showcasing starry-eyed optimism to strong-willed determination to haunting ambiguity through sudden shifts of her eyes and facial movements. Vikander’s portrayal could’ve easily been a one-dimensional “I am a robot” performance, but she does a lot more than that by adding layers upon layers to her astonishing portrayal.

    Again, this may just be doomed optimism, but as always, I am just hoping that voters really think outside the box with the films, and performances, they recognize. 

    If you have seen the film, do you agree or disagree that they should get this type of consideration?  Also, do you believe that voters should really think outside the box when filling their ballots? 

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    vinny
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    #186823

    Haven’t seen this movie yet but from what I’ve heard from people, she is pretty great in this movie.

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    manakamana
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    #186824

    If it’s any consolation, her nomination for The Danish Girl will at least be partly for this as well?

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    Tye-Grr
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    So far of what I’ve seen, I’m totally on board with her consideration. I thought she was fantastic in ‘Ex Machina’, and she finds the perfect balance of being human- curious, optimistic, scared, flirtatious, smart, but at the same being *just* off enough that she doesn’t seem quite human all the time. Her movements go a long way of selling this, just the body language, but also her very expressive eyes and slight changes in her facial expression. All of this being said, I’m also on board with Oscar Isaac being considered in Supporting Actor for his brilliant work as her creator. IMHO, Isaac is best in show.

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    FilmGuy619
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    #186826

    She got a Globe nod!!!!!!! Yes!!

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    Eddy Q
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    I agree with all the Vikander love for Ex Machina, but actually I think it might be double category fraud! Sure it’s more debatable than it is for The Danish Girl, but for me Ex Machina is a 3-lead film.

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    Denis
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    #186828

    I think Isacc and Gleeson would be just as worthy of a nomination as she is.

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    kazzia
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    I agree with all the Vikander love for Ex Machina, but actually I think it might be double category fraud! Sure it’s more debatable than it is for The Danish Girl, but for me Ex Machina is a 3-lead film.

    I think Gleeson was the lead , Vikander and Isaac supporting.

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    babypook
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    #186830

    I’ve seen better episodes of the 90’s The Outer Limits than Ex Machina.
    This doesnt prejudice me about her nominated perf however. 

       

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    I’ve seen better episodes of the 90’s The Outer Limits than Ex Machina.
    This doesnt prejudice me about her nominated perf however. 

       

    Hahaha. So true. She is VERY overrated!

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I just saw this last night.  At first I wasn’t sure about why she would be nominated, but she just dominates the last ten minutes of the film.  I’d be totally fine with a nomination for her.

    The best performance in the film is Oscar Isaac.  My god, he is just fantastic.  Charming, yet sleazy.  Manipulative, yet kind of endearing.  I know he won’t get a nomination, but he really deserves one.

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    Eddy Q
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    [quote=”Eddy Q”]

    I agree with all the Vikander love for Ex Machina, but actually I think it might be double category fraud! Sure it’s more debatable than it is for The Danish Girl, but for me Ex Machina is a 3-lead film.

    I think Gleeson was the lead , Vikander and Isaac supporting.
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    Gleeson is the most lead, but when I think about the narrative both Isaac and Vikander seem too dominant, too important, to be considered supporting, even if they do each spend a certain amount of time offscreen. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    Tally of accolades received:

    Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress  (WON)
    Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress (WON)
    Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (pending)
    San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actress  (pending)
    European Film Award for Best Actress  (pending)
    San Diego Film Critics Circle for Best Actress (pending)
    Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actress  (pending)
     

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    TomHardys
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    One of the best supporting performances of the year, that’s for sure. Same for Oscar Isaac. And the film itself (and Garland’s incredible directional debut) deserves to be nominated as well – sadly they won’t.

    I’d rather see her nominated for Ex Machina but I thought the film was in the same vein as It Follows: aesthetically beautiful but too arthouse-y to be embraced by the mainstream masses… So color me surprised when I saw Alicia Vikander being nominated for Ex Machina at the Golden Globes. I didn’t see that one coming in a million years but I now hope to god she wins in that category. She surely has the critical support to back that up. 

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    PreludeinCSharpMinor
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    Just watched this on Amazon Prime. Yeah, not seeing a nomination for her work here. She must be the IT girl this year with Ex Machine, Man from UNCLE and The Danish Girl, but a nomination for this is a big no.

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