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April 18, 2021 at 10:02 pm #1204208540
I was extremely affected by Nomadland. I cried at several points throughout the film. The movie was shot beautifully and really shows the natural wonders of the American terrain perfectly. Out of all the BA noms, I felt the most for Fern. FM was spot on, so subtle and real, almost as if she weren’t acting, which makes hers the best performance to me.
The real life actors sealed the deal for me. At times, I felt like I was watching a true life documentary and only when I would see David Strathairn would it hit me that it was a film. The nomads stories of grief and heartache juxtaposed to witnessing Fern’s story in real time was touching. It was the best picture of the year for me because I felt a human connection to their pain as I recently lost my father.
McDormand could easily take the award. I could see it happening tbh. The Academy gave Meryl a 3rd instead of Viola’s 1st. I love Viola Davis but I would vote for McDormand based on my love for the film, which I think alot of others are doing too. I still believe Viola Davis will win.
Only possible block to McDormand winning a 3rd would be that she beat Meryl to becoming 2nd only to Hepburn. Not sure if actors branch is going for that just yet.April 18, 2021 at 11:17 am #1204207481
But did anyone else find her nude and sex scenes excessive? Don’t get me wrong, I love a well directed sex scene and am all for nudity when used well, but why not show anything with her girlfriend? Why only with the men? I wish this movie had been directed by a woman.
The nudity was beyond excessive, exploitative and framed in poor taste. The senseless strip down during the FBI raid was a ridiculously awful scene. Way too much sex which diminished the allure of Billie’s beautiful costumes. Poor Andrea turned in a stellar debut film performance in a poorly conceived film.
The multiple narrative inconsistencies in Billie’s arc, the vulgar sex scenes, the unnecessary nudity, bad acting partners and the strange queer baiting cowardice will all have disastrous consequences in voters minds for Day.
A female director would have done a better job for sure! Imagine if like Ava Duvernay had directed Day in this film, of course with a much better script and cast.April 18, 2021 at 8:04 am #1204207115
Andra Day’s primary scene partner in USvBH is Miss. Lawrence of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame. Miss. Lawrence in all his fierce glory sashaying onscreen in a litany of horrendous wigs and even worse fashions is going to assist Day in winning BA?
You must be joking! That funeral scene alone should cost her the Oscar. Nope its the dialogue free lynching montage under the guise of an interpretative dance motif that blows her shot!
USvBH‘s entire cast is made up of D-list celebrities from bit player reality show narcissists and has been child stars to B movie mainstays and random nobodies. There were so many laughable moments that clearly weren’t meant to be humorous. No one else in the film got nominated. No one. Rightfully so!April 17, 2021 at 11:36 pm #1204206752
someone really committed to counts Hopkins screentime. His analysis is very detailed, you can read it here: https://mobile.twitter.com/MatthewAStewart/status/1342258692599787533 And by the way, Why can’t you give me.. the RESPECT THAT I’M ENTITLED TO!!!
hahaha…I legit just watched MD like 2 weeks ago. hilarity at its best!April 17, 2021 at 10:10 pm #1204206707
Hopkins actually had 24 mins of screentime. And don’t forget Beatrice Straight’a iconic 5 mins oscar winning performance, and Hermoine Baddeley’s nod for her very brief, 2:19 mins screentime.
Hmm…not sure about Hopkins. All of my research, not to mention memory, puts him around 16 minutes.
Woww yea you’re absolutely right I forgot about Beatrice Straight. Speaking of her record win for Network, strangely enough Peter Finch won Actor posthumously for the same film.
Oh and I stan your screen name & profile pic!!!April 17, 2021 at 6:46 pm #1204206551
She’s lackluster in lead because her performance isn’t lead hunny. It’s actually offensive to the other contenders when all of them are 70% + of their film and Viola was only 28% in Ma Rainey.
Screen time is not a legitimate factor in an Oscar race. BP adjacent nods certainly can help one’s chances but they certainly don’t guarantee a win either.
Dench won for 8 mins. Hopkins for 16. McDormand, Kidman & Fletcher all won Actress for less screen time than Davis in MRBB. Viola’s SA nod for Doubt was less than 10 mins in total including a two minute scene in complete silence.
Conversely, all were linked to BP nominees unlike MRBB.
Ironically, record holder Patricia Neal won for 22 mins in HUD. Which went on to win 3 of its 7 nods for Actress, Sup Actor & Cinematography ALL without a Best Picture nod.
Neal & Davis both share Broadway stage beginnings with Featured Actress Tonys as their first awards.April 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm #1204206443
Viola is one of three actresses to win Lead Actress at SAG twice. Is she gonna be the only one without the corresponding Oscar despite this achievement ?
Great point. I do not believe that will be the case. I put Davis in line with Zellweger. Both have 3 SAGS (2 for BA, 1 for SA) for film performances. Only 1 of Zellweger’s SAGs didn’t translate into Oscar gold. She lost BA to Nicole Kidman but won the very next year in SA and won BA with her very next nod.
I believe Viola will follow the same trajectory as Renee. Davis already lost her BA Oscar to Streep, winning SA on her next Oscar/SAG combo and her next SAG win lands her in BA Oscar territory.April 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm #1204206437
Nope didn’t even mention future acting projects. Pls she said she wanted an EGOT in the beginning of the interview.
Traditionally, the first step to EGOT status begins with recognition of excellence in your primary field of talent. All EGOT winners have this same trajectory.
Rita Moreno, Helen Hayes & Audrey Hepburn all originally won Oscars for film work. John Legend won Grammys first. Whoopi Goldberg won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album before her Oscar.
While Day may yet get her EGOT status, if history holds, she’d have to win a Grammy before any other awards. She’s been nominated for 4 Grammys and lost them all.April 16, 2021 at 4:40 pm #1204204541
You conveniently erased both Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker from the Oscar winners list.
Also, Mahershala Ali won BSA for his portrayal of real life concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley in Green Book.
So there you have it, 3 black male acting winners for portraying real life people. Why some of these may be forgotten probably is because Whittaker & Ali’s films weren’t stereotypical biopics as they only covered a specific timeframe of their subject’s lives.April 16, 2021 at 7:10 am #1204203584
Oprah is not campaigning for Day. A congratulatory tweet does not make one an advocate per se. Oprah has a hour long special on OWN interviewing Viola Davis which premieres today. Regina King did a similar photo essay of Viola & her daughter for Harper’s Bazaar. King being an actual Oscar and 4 time Emmy winner. Black Hollywood is not aligned with anyone. Everyone has their own choice to vote.April 15, 2021 at 6:56 pm #1204203093
Cassie is not demented or sick. Let’s stop stigmatizing women who are traumatized, depressed and are carrying survivor’s guilt.
Cassie is not a real person. She is a fictional creation. Not a flesh and blood woman. The character of Cassie was sick and depraved in my opinion. She had no real circumstances to consider because she doesn’t exist.
Please do not tell me what to “stop” doing. Do not attempt to hang your labels on me. I can say whatever I wish to say particularly about a film character.
I was not talking about a human being. Maybe you should consider being more polite and less aggressive with ‘forcing’ your opinion onto others who are unwilling to accept it.April 15, 2021 at 11:18 am #1204202455
I will be the first to admit that Carey Mulligan gave one of the most thought provoking and button pushing performances of modern cinema. I am pleased to no end that this film has promoted positive dialogue within your immediate social circle. In all sincerity, I mean that. I am all for anything that moves society towards better.
With that being said, I believe you are severely overestimating the cultural impact of PYW. Comparing 30, 50, 70 even 90 year old films to more recent ones would be the most practical course taken within the context of an informed Oscars discussion. Thelma & Louise kicked off 1992’s “Year of the Woman” a year long cultural recognition thrust celebrating and honoring the accomplishments of women. This film kicked down the doors for female characterizations like Cassie and Amy to fully blossom onscreen. Not since Davis & Sarandon has their been one film, dual nods in Actor or Actress Assuredly, the awards won during that time were comparable to now. Of course, anyone with a internet connection can invent a film critics society. I digress.
After Thelma & Louise, the Oscars shifted its tastes where female centric films like Erin Brockovich, The Hours, Chicago, The Piano, Monster and Boys Don’t Cry received recognition.
What Mulligan & Fennell have accomplished is not new or revolutionary, as a matter of fact, they namestamp the ‘feminist’ BP nominee they’ve come to fashion the last few years. Its all lip service. Bombshell, Lady Bird, Little Women all failed in their bids.
My primary problem with PYW is the complete silencing of Nina, the actual sexual assault victim. She is never seen on screen. Her voice is never heard. Cassie’s voice is not Nina’s voice. Cassie is a sick and demented person who earned her destiny. I cannot fully get behind her character as she sank to the depths of depravity simply because she had nothing better to do. That is how the characterization came across to me. The film was visually appealing with all of the glossy pinks and brightness in direct contrast to seedy dysfunctional drama unfolding onscreen. A cute trick but it doesn’t distract the thinking mind from pondering why is the victim silenced throughout?April 15, 2021 at 9:51 am #1204202179
You may well be correct, but in my view none of the films you’ve identified contained a solitary performance as central to the movie, (or in in my view, as nuanced and powerful), as the one Carey Mulligan gives in Promising Young Woman.
I would have to respectfully disagree with your view. Carey Mulligan’s performance was nuanced and powerful in PYW but it does not have the indelible cultural impact of Thelma & Louise. The film was supported by two amazing performances from Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon, who won way more awards during that season than Mulligan in comparison.
Hands down Juno and Pulp Fiction had more impact on the culture than PYW. Certainly The Crying Game, Get Out and Her offered powerfully nuanced performances since their stars all received Lead Actor nods.Other than a passionately vocal online contingent, I simply do not see all the hype about CM or PYW. Where is all this industry love?