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    No, that title was not a misprint. I did not confuse her with Amy Adams.

    The reasons I believe we may start to see Isla Fisher earn at least one Oscar nominations within the next decade are as follows:

    1) Amy Adams’ career may be on the decline. She hasn’t been nominated since American Hustle. She was snubbed for both Big Eyes and Arrival. There is currently a lot of speculation that she may finally break her dry spell with Backseat, but having read the commentary about Backseat on these forums, there is a very strong argument that the Academy may have for not nominating her. That argument is that Adams can’t break typecasting. Every time Adams is nominated, she seems to be playing a different incarnation of the same character: a woman who is quiet, insecure, and speaks in a cute, child-like manner. If that’s all Adams can do, the Academy may turn elsewhere.

    2) Unlike Amy Adams, Isla Fisher seems to be in the process of trying to break typecasting. Up until about 2013, she was known almost exclusively for comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Then she appeared in Nocturnal Animals. Although her role was small, her performance was one of the best, if not the best in the entire film. Had her character had more screentime, she almost certainly would have received a Best Supporting Actress nomination, in my humble opinion. Since then, she has appeared to be making a transition away from comedy and more towards drama. Two of her next three films are dramas. First, she is playing Matthew McConaughey’s wife in The Beach Bum, directed by Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine. On-set photos indicate that her character gets seriously beaten at one point. And then there’s The Starling, directed by Tom of Finland director Dome Karukoski and having a screenplay that was once near the top of the Black List. In that film, she will be playing a mother who has become suicidal after the death of her baby daughter, while her husband (played by Keanu Reeves) tries to use a pet starling to relieve her of her depression. Both films (especially the latter film) show signs of a possible Oscar nomination in the near future. If Fisher can break typecasting, she may well end up being serious competition for Adams (and to a lesser extent Jessica Chastain) in the near future, as opposed to being a mere “mini-me.”  Oh. And then there’s the fact that Fisher’s my first choice to play Greer Garson in a biopic that I’m writing of her, but I’ve got to get that greenlit, first. 🙂

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    Amy Adams might have been snubbed but she is still working a lot. Her career is not on the decline.

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    DaKardii
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    Amy Adams might have been snubbed but she is still working a lot. Her career is not on the decline.

    We’ll see what happens with Backseat.

    Either way, what do you think of Fisher’s own prospects?

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    What exactly is the connection between Fisher and Adams that makes you compare them? I could see it happening for Fischer but I’m not really expecting it.

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    What exactly is the connection between Fisher and Adams that makes you compare them? I could see it happening for Fischer but I’m not really expecting it.

    They are often compared with each other. Like, really often. Just type in their names together on a Google search, and you’ll find tons of articles about how people confuse them with one another.

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    They are often compared with each other. Like, really often. Just type in their names together on a Google search, and you’ll find tons of articles about how people confuse them with one another.

    I don’t understand why people do that. They look nothing alike besides red hair.

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    Isla Fisher and Amy Adams are a zero-sum game?

    "I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."

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    Isla Fisher and Amy Adams are a zero-sum game?

    No. Read my post again. The entire thing is speculation and dependent on “what if” scenarios. There is a chance that my speculation is on the money, and there is a chance that it is dead wrong. Also, calling an actress “serious competition” to another actress is not tantamount to calling said competition a zero-sum game.

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    They are often compared with each other. Like, really often. Just type in their names together on a Google search, and you’ll find tons of articles about how people confuse them with one another.

    I don’t understand why people do that. They look nothing alike besides red hair.

    Well, apparently Tom Ford thought they looked enough alike to have them play alternate versions of the same character in Nocturnal Animals.

    They look enough alike for Lady Gaga to congratulate Isla for Amy’s performance in American Hustle at the 2013-14 Oscars afterparty.

    And they look enough alike for both women to have talked to the press about being confused for each other by fans of their films.

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    People being idiots doesn’t mean they actually look alike. Even if they do look alike, I’m not sure Fisher is exactly on the same level as Adams talent wise. She’s not going to start stealing roles from Adams, and whatever success they both have is independent of the other.

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    Amy Adams doesn’t have to be in decline for Isla Fisher to succeed. If Isla Fisher starts getting better roles, it will have nothing to do with Adams. We just have to see if Isla Fisher gets good roles and if she has the talent to deliver. Her success is certainly not dependent on Amy Adams.

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    People being idiots doesn’t mean they actually look alike. Even if they do look alike, I’m not sure Fisher is exactly on the same level as Adams talent wise. She’s not going to start stealing roles from Adams, and whatever success they both have is independent of the other.

     

    I disagree. I think Fisher gave a better performance in “Nocturnal Animals” than Adams did. Adams played the usual quiet and insecure character, while Fisher unleashed a level of crazy that surpassed that seen in “Wedding Crashers.”

    Once “The Beach Bum” and “The Starling” come out, if she proves that she can pull off that kind of performance more than just once, we may well be seeing a new regular contender at the Oscars.

    Of course Adams will always be a force to be reckoned with, but like all A-listers, her time at the center of the spotlight will come and go.

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    Amy Adams doesn’t have to be in decline for Isla Fisher to succeed. If Isla Fisher starts getting better roles, it will have nothing to do with Adams. We just have to see if Isla Fisher gets good roles and if she has the talent to deliver. Her success is certainly not dependent on Amy Adams.

     

    I agree. Of course Isla would have to deliver on her own merit, like everybody else. But come Oscar season, that’s when things get more complicated. The point of this post is to discuss Isla’s future Oscar chances. Leaving Oscar politics out of such a discussion would be counter-productive.

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    Not to be rude, but feedback about what? Isla Fisher doesn’t get a lot of good roles. If she proves herself capable of them and one lands her way, maybe then we can have a discussion. But I reject the idea of Isla Fisher’s success having anything to do with Amy Adams, and the idea that Amy Adams’ career is on the decline.

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    Not to be rude, but feedback about what? Isla Fisher doesn’t get a lot of good roles. If she proves herself capable of them and one lands her way, maybe then we can have a discussion. But I reject the idea of Isla Fisher’s success having anything to do with Amy Adams, and the idea that Amy Adams’ career is on the decline.

    The reason I posted this forum (and a similar forum about Jon Hamm) is because I am an aspiring screenwriter who has multiple projects currently in development.

    As I write, I often ask myself “who can I picture playing these characters?” I’d like to have answers to such questions before I pitch my screenplays to studios, so that my pitches are seen as being beyond the “I have this random idea” stage and therefore are more likely to be successful.

    And so, once I discovered this site, I created an account, and have since dedicated many of my posts to finding answers to such questions. If you look through my activity history, my motive for participating in these forums are as clear as crystal.

    That being said, there are several actors and actresses who I have developed a particular interest in over time because I feel they are not talked about often. I feel they are underrated. I feel they deserve some sort of discussion about their talent and potential viability as future Oscar nominees. This is the kind of discussion that requires analyzing their talents and careers at a depth far greater than just saying general stuff like “I don’t know. He/she hasn’t had a good role yet.”

    In other words, I’m looking for the kind of discussion that producers would have upon seeing an actor or actress that they don’t really know much about but are willing to take a gamble on. Remember, Amy Adams was once a low-profile actress herself. But over time she caught the attention of different producers, and she managed to rise to the top because those producers communicated with each other about her lesser roles, decided that she had potential, gave her some bigger roles, and she kicked major rear.

    Let me repeat. It was productive discussions like the ones that I’m trying to promote that made Amy Adams’ rise to the top of Hollywood possible. Same thing with almost every other A-lister in Hollywood.

    Now, I understand if you don’t know much about Isla Fisher. That’s okay. If you have the time, look into her films, watch a few clips, read a few reviews, and then feel free to discuss. Same thing with the other actors that I’ve made forums about, such as Jon Hamm and Steven Ogg.

    I’m probably going to be posting more such forums (about different actors) in the future. There are so many good actors out there that I feel deserve a chance, for once.

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