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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Actress
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Actress | Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain

Film: Zero Dark Thirty

Why See Will Win

1  Chastain is almost exactly the average age of a Best Actress winner at 35, and has amassed a hugely impressive body of work in the last couple of years.
2 This is her second nomination (a good sign) and she’s already won a Globe, for what that’s worth, and a National Board of Review award for her performance.
3 It’s a terrific performance and the anchorpiece of the film, with Chastain playing the sort of tough, conflicted character that women very rarely get to play.

 

 Why She Won't Win

1  She may suffer from the controversy surrounding the film, which could mean some voters dismiss it sight-unseen.
2 Chastain doesn’t get the big emotional breakdown showpiece scene that one generally needs to win Best Actress. It could limit her chances.
3 She lost out to Lawrence at the SAGs, which might be a bad sign.

 

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1 Emmanuelle Riva's performance...
... was extremely impressive in the second part of the film, after she had her first stroke. But most French-speakers hated her performance in the first part of the film because of the terrible dialogue. Michael Haneke is not originally a french-speaker and he wrote dialogue that is terribly stilted and unfamiliar, it just doesn't ring true, particularly the way SHE talks to him. The dialogue between them is way too bourgeois and unbelievable to be taken seriously. I've seen the film twice and people in the cinema were wondering is she really going to talk like that all the time?"... Jean-Louis Trintignant deserved a nomination more than she did... More

Posted by Toursiveu on Tuesday February 19, 2013, 11:25


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