Sharon Stone eyes Emmy return with her acclaimed performance in ‘Mosaic’

In 2004, Sharon Stone won the Best Guest Drama Actress Emmy Award for her scene-stealing turn as attorney Sheila Carlisle on “The Practice.” This year, with her acclaimed performance in Steven Soderbergh‘s six-part HBO miniseries “Mosaic,” Stone is well-positioned for a return to the Emmys, this time in Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress.

In “Mosaic,” Stone portrays Olivia Lake, a successful children’s book author and illustrator living an extravagant, if lonesome existence in the ski resort town of Summit, Utah. She crosses paths with the handsome artist and bartender Joel (Garrett Hedlund) and, hoping their friendship might blossom into something more romantic, invites him to rent out space in her lavish home. During this time, Olivia also meets the charming Eric (Frederick Weller) who, unbeknownst to her, is a con man employed by a neighbor hoping to force her to sell the property.

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Following a New Year’s Eve party, Olivia disappears and is ultimately found dead. The remainder of “Mosaic” is a whodunit mystery focused on the investigation into Olivia’s murder.

Of Stone’s performance, Adam Chitwood of Collider raved, “Stone is phenomenal in her role as Lake, layering the character with vulnerability, anger, and sadness. Though she doesn’t carry as much screen time as some of the other characters, her presence looms large throughout the whole thing.”

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Nick Schager of The Daily Beast was also complimentary, writing “Yet above them all is Stone, who as Olivia radiates brash-talking toughness, lingering self-doubt, past-her-prime sourness – lusting after youth, while resenting it all the while – and a genuine desire to both do the right thing and find true love. Even though it only lasts for a few episodes, Stone’s turn is something close to masterful. And in a sustained candlelit reaction to an engagement proposal, her face proves a tapestry of emotion as complex and captivating as ‘Mosaic’ itself.”

Also lavishing praise on Stone was Daniel D’Addario of Time Magazine, who wrote “Reigning supreme even after she disappears is Stone as the author who plays the big bad wolf. In a splashy role that recalls her ‘Casino’ 1990s, Stone asks a bartender (Garrett Hedlund) to ‘pour me something tall and muscular.’ Her willingness to ride so close to parody – and her ability to carry it off – is as much of a special effect as ‘Mosaic’ needs.”

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In addition to her Emmy Award for “The Practice,” Stone earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Casino” (1995) and was the recipient of Golden Globe nominations for “Basic Instinct” (1992); “Casino”; “The Mighty” (1998); and “The Muse (1999). Stone took home the Golden Globe for “Casino.”

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