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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 | Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts

Film: The Impossible

Why She Will Win

1  Watts is terrific as the mother caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami and fighting through it with her son.
2 Watts is a well-respected actress, nominated before for 21 Grams and with a decent body of work to enhance her reputation and her work here.
3 With the exception of Riva, this is maybe the most emotional role of the lot.

 

 Why She Won't Win

1  The film has no heat at all, with only this nomination, and that’s not a good sign.
2 Outside of film festivals, Watts hasn’t won anything for this film. It looks like she’s top five but not top two.
3 Is it just us, or does Best Actress feel like a Chastain/Lawrence showdown this year? Watts may have to wait for her upcoming turns as either Diana or Marilyn Monroe.

 

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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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