Keira Knightley: Lead or Supporting in “Atonement”?

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  • Anonymous
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    I really liked Keira’s performance in “Atonement” and I was sad to see her missing out for the Oscar nomination.

    My question is – was the “Atonement” campaign strategy bad for her? I mean she’s not a clear lead and she could easily go supporting ala Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”, Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” or Bérenice Bejo in “The Artist.

    She was probably 6th or 7th for the nomination in lead, but what about a supporting placement? I think she would have make it over Ruby Dee.

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    Eddy Q
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    They wanted to promote Saoirse Ronan, and Knightley in supporting would have spoiled that. Also the film had been sold as a tragic wartime romance, so a supporting campaign would’ve just seemed confusing and she might have even missed both categories. I definitely see her as a lead, despite a moderate amount of time off-screen.

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    SkyLight
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    BAFTAs nominated her for lead. But I think she should’ve been supporting.

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    Tye-Grr
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    They wanted to promote Saoirse Ronan, and Knightley in supporting would have spoiled that. Also the film had been sold as a tragic wartime romance, so a supporting campaign would’ve just seemed confusing and she might have even missed both categories. I definitely see her as a lead, despite a moderate amount of time off-screen.

    Yeah, I agree with this. I also consider her and McAvoy to be the leads (and they both scored Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations in that category). 

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    babypook
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    #174001

    Her role could go either way. Razzie, for example.

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    Anonymous
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    Her role could go either way. Razzie, for example.

    Come on…She was brilliant! I hate the Knightley hate!

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    Choice Chayawat
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    #174003

    If Briony at the age of 13 and 18 had been played by the same actress, then this actress would have gone lead, which would allow Keira Knightley to compete in supporting.

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    Laactingnyc
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    #174004

    Saroise Ronan and Romola Garai should have both received nominations in the Supporting Actress category for playing Briony at different ages. Keria on the other hand should be in the leading category.

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    Denis
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    I don’t understand what Romola Garai did to earn a nomination, care to ellaborate? it’s fine if you don’t, just got me thinking.

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    MrGoodWood
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    Briony is technically the lead character, but it’s three performances. I guess Keira’s situation was kind of like Blachett in Notes on a Scandal. The story is about her, but it’s not her story.
    Atonement is such an underrated film by the way.

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