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    The official thread for the Netflix film Pieces of a Woman starring Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn arriving on 7th January.

    New trailer below:

    https://twitter.com/rosamundpirke/status/1343714719639756801

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    The official thread for the Netflix film Pieces of a Woman starring Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn arriving on 7th January. New trailer below: https://twitter.com/rosamundpirke/status/1343714719639756801

    Vanessa looks incredible. I still have faith she’ll be nominated for the Oscar.

    Also, love the Shia erasure.

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    Be interested to see where this one goes. I think if she can secure the nomination Kirby may well win – McDormand has the issue of it being difficult to get a third win, especially this soon after #2 and I don’t get a sense/ personally believe Davis gives a winning performance. General consensus is that Kirby gives a towering and very moving performance and I think if she can get buzz going and voters watching she has a good shot. Mulligan may end up her biggest challenger and of course we have Day and Zendaya as wait and sees, but right now I like her as a pick.

    Burstyn seems like its only other shot at a nom. I don’t think it has enough praise as a film on the whole to challenge elsewhere.

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    Considering some of the users here are pushing these one-scene performances from Promising Young Woman that definitely don’t need any individual recognition, I might as well go back on what I initially said regarding Molly Parker. She’s the major catalyst in the film’s acclaimed early long take scene, and when the film drops I think people will be impressed.

    For Your Consideration:

    Best International Feature: Instinct (The Netherlands)
    Best Actress: Carice van Houten (Instinct)

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    I loved Molly Parker since Madeline’s Madeline and if this movie somehow gets her some attention, then I’m happy.

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    Considering some of the users here are pushing these one-scene performances from Promising Young Woman that definitely don’t need any individual recognition, I might as well go back on what I initially said regarding Molly Parker. She’s the major catalyst in the film’s acclaimed early long take scene, and when the film drops I think people will be impressed.

    Parker is indeed excellent here. It’s a shame her role is too small for any individual recognition.

    Am avoiding spoiling people about POAW until the film comes out and I can safely post my review on here. Would love to discuss the film with you via DMs!

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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    I will definitely be watching this the first day it starts streaming!

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    So it turns out that Vanessa has MULTIPLE Oscar scenes

     

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    I saw it. Both Kirby and Burstyn are locks and I didn’t find the film to drag or the ending to be cheesy like others have reported.

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    I saw it. Both Kirby and Burstyn are locks and I didn’t find the film to drag or the ending to be cheesy like others have reported.

    I have some problems with the screenplay, but I agree, I don’t see how Kirby or Burstyn miss. Especially cause they are clearly campaigning hard.

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    So it turns out that Vanessa has MULTIPLE Oscar scenes

    Is that a surprise? That trailer clearly showed Vanessa and Ellen weren’t here to play.

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    Despite the fact Kirby isn’t a household name in the UK, and we need a good comedy more than ever thanks to our shambles of a Government, I still have a feeling this will be the first Netflix awards release to actually be a hit here.

    FYC:

    Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Possessor/Luxor (Actress, Actor)
    Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, I Care a Lot (Actress, Supporting Actor)
    Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, The Duke (Actor, Supporting Actress)
    Sophia Loren, Abril Zamora, The Life Ahead (Actress, Supporting Actress)
    Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Actress)

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    So it turns out that Vanessa has MULTIPLE Oscar scenes

    Girl, the whole movie is her Oscar scene. She’s not missing the top 5.

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    Rewatched the movie, it’s very good. Ellen’s monologue is breathtaking and Vanessa is truly remarkable. They just can’t lose the nomination (but the movie would also deserve other noms, like the directing ones!).

    2021 Award Season, FYC:

    Best Actress: CAREY MULLIGAN for PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
    Best Actor: DELROY LINDO for DA 5 BLOODS
    Best Supporting Actress: GLENN CLOSE for HILLBILLY ELEGY

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    Now <i>Pieces of a Woman </i>is out I am glad I can share my review of the film that I have been concealing for weeks!

    It is perhaps euphemistic to say this film is an emotional rollercoaster. Especially in the opening one take 30 minute sequence of which I have no words for. It was perhaps one of the most unique cinematic experiences I have ever had. It started off as a heartwarming scene due to the false sense of calm set for the viewer but then it descends into this traumatising experience. One in which you feel anxious and fearful. It’s superb work from Kornel Mundruczo, Kata Weber and if voters get through this scene then Kirby is locked for that Best Actress nomination.

    Kirby is nothing short of phenomenal in this film and this is her career best performance (something I feel comfortable saying as someone who has seen her in The Crown and in her work on stage in <i>A Streetcar Named Desire </i>and Julie). I mean is there anything she can’t do? A previous poster mentioned that the whole film is her Oscar clip and frankly there is an argument to be made for that. Whilst normally that would be considered to hurt someone’s Oscar chances her “moments” in this film are quite memorable and frankly the pieces (pun intended) of the film you talk about. Her presence on screen reminds me of the radiance I sometimes felt from watch performers like Vanessa Redgrave at this moment in their careers. Her performance here is so dedicated, nuanced and delicate that you are convinced that she has “become” this character and that this pain and trauma Martha is experiencing as a result of the loss of her child. Something that becomes more extraordinary upon learning that Kirby has never given birth. She gives one of my favourite performances of the year along with Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman and even though she’s no.2 for me I’ll be rooting for her hard for the nomination and she’d be just as deserving as Mulligan for the win.

    Ellen Burstyn is also very good here. It is a bit perplexing at first that Burstyn is playing Kirby’s characters’ mother considering that would have meant she’d have given birth at the age of 55 but the dynamic and chemistry between herself and Kirby feels so raw and natural. Especially in the “I am facing this” scene you are convinced that you are watching a mother and daughter duo on screen. It reminded me of Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in I, Tonya and Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in how realistic and powerful their dynamic is. What I particularly liked about Burstyn’s performance (which whilst not completely subtle is subtler than Kirby’s) is that you do feel her character’s trauma throughout. Perhaps with another performer the “I am facing this” clip could have been played with less pain and felt more blunt but Burstyn understands that her character is facing her own trauma. It may not have been as traumatising an experience as Martha (Kirby) had faced and Burstyn may not have many showy scenes but she portrays her trauma and grief in a very human way. It’s very human yet for me it’s a very rare type of character you see on screen and I commend Weber for depicting a nuanced and realistic portrayal of grief and how it not only affects the victim of that grief but those around them. It’s something I haven’t seen on screen outside of The Leftovers (which I just recently finished watching). Although The Leftovers imo gives the pinnacle of a depiction of grief in visual media and I’d recommend it to anyone in need of a new binge.

    Some of the more polarising reviews of the film have mocked the title to comment on the unevenness of the film but personally I think some have misunderstood what type of film this is. Perhaps I may be bit pedantic and basing it one my own experiences off grief after losing my sister but I feel like we’re very used to trauma and grief being portrayed on screen through a “theatrical lens”. It’s actually funnily enough an issue I took with Brie Larson’s performance in Room. When you suffer a devastating loss you don’t go around shouting and screaming all the time or filled with resent for those around you. Pieces of a Woman does what its title suggests – it’s a fascinating character study of this woman who has been through an unspeakable loss and how she deals with it in multiple ways after we see her loss happen with our own eyes. It not only gives Kirby the opportunity to deliver a multi-faceted performance but also a sense of connection to Martha (or at least I felt a sense of connection to Martha). Pieces of a Woman is by no means a perfect film and I wouldn’t nominate it anywhere outside of Kirby and Burstyn (and cinematography because I found the cinematography in this film to be excellent) but it is by no means a bad film.

    The only issues I really felt in the film was the editing felt a bit rushed and distracting at times and some of its supporting players had too little screen time. Molly Parker is excellent here but her role is too small for a nomination. Sarah Snook’s role is thankless.

    Other than that I felt very emotional watching Pieces of a Woman. I didn’t connect to its depiction of loss and grief as much as Promising Young Woman for more personal reasons and it’s not a perfect film but it’s not a bad film either. As I said it’s a very realistic depiction of grief. Can Kirby or Burstyn win? That absolutely depends on the visibility of the film because (at least for the nod) Kirby is pretty undeniable here.

    Grade: A-
    MVP: Vanessa Kirby and Vanessa Kirby

    FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"

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