It’s a Hollywood cliche that all actors secretly want to be rock stars and all rock stars secretly want to be actors. Well, this season we’re seeing a little bit of both. Grammy-winning pop star Lady Gaga is getting Oscar buzz for her breakthrough acting role in “A Star is Born,” and next up Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is becoming a pop star — in her upcoming film “Vox Lux,” that is. Watch the trailer for her new film above.
“Vox Lux” opens in December, giving Portman a chance at her fourth Oscar nomination, following her Best Supporting Actress bid for “Closer” (2004), her Best Actress victory for “Black Swan” (2010) and her Best Actress nomination for “Jackie” (2016). But don’t worry, Lady Gaga stans, Portman isn’t coming for the Best Actress trophy this time around. Though the trailer is wall-to-wall Portman, who transforms herself into troubled singer Celeste, Portman is actually aiming for supporting kudos; given the film’s structure there are large portions she’s not in.
The film is written and directed by Brady Corbet in his second feature filmmaking effort, following “The Childhood of a Leader” (2015). Before the 30-year-old turned to directing he was well known for acting in films like “Mysterious Skin” (2004), “Funny Games” (2007), “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (2011) and “Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014), among many others. He’s one of several actors-turned-filmmakers in this year’s awards derby, also including Bradley Cooper (the aforementioned “Star is Born”), John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place“), Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased“) and Paul Dano (“Wildlife”).
“Vox Lux” features original songs by Grammy nominee Sia, who has yet to contend for an Oscar despite contributing music to multiple films in recent years. She earned Golden Globe noms for “Bound to You” from “Burlesque” (2010) and “Opportunity” from “Annie” (2014), and she additionally wrote “Try Everything” from “Zootopia” (2016) and “Never Give Up” from “Lion” (2016). So maybe the Best Original Song race is where “Vox Lux” can challenge Lady Gaga’s Oscar throne, though Gaga may be tough to beat for “Shallow.”
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