Oscar Race for Best Actress Already Overcrowded
Women often complain that there aren’t enough good movie roles for actresses, and they’re right.
This year, the meaty roles may not be plentiful, but they’re impressive: It’s only September and the best-actress race is already overloaded with contenders.
The Venice Film Festival, which kicked off Aug. 28, offered two strong possibilities: Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” and Judi Dench in “Philomena,” two very different but very impressive tour de force performances.
In May, Cannes offerings included “Blue is the Warmest Color,” in which Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos starred in the Palme d’Or-winning film, while the fest’s actress prize went to Berenice Bejo in “The Past.” Also winning big praise was “The Immigrant,” with Marion Cotillard. That’s six possibilities already.
Then you can add Cate Blanchett, in “Blue Jasmine,” a performance that’s getting a lot of heat, and several current indie films that feature terrific work by their lead actresses, including Brie Larson in “Short Term 12,” and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.”
Venice also screened “Tracks,” in which Mia Wasikowska in onscreen the whole time in a role 180 degrees from recent work like “Stoker” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Among the titles to be screened at Toronto, which launches Sept. 5, are “August: Osage County,” with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; “Devil’s Knot,” with Reese Witherspoon; and “Labor Day,” with Kate Winslet. Those are question-marks until they’re seen, but they sure sound like possibilities.
Toronto also offers other questions, such as “Railway Man,” with Nicole Kidman: Is that a lead or supporting role?
And speaking of Kidman, don’t forget films set for later this year including her “Grace of Monaco”; Naomi Watts as another princess, “Diana”; Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks”; and a bunch of other possibilities that are likely to pop up.
Naomi took part in the press day for Diana in London yesterday, and below are the first batch of released interviews, including some for the Australian media.
She also appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning, and taped an appearance for 98FM which will air sometime in the coming weeks.
Naomi talks to Australian Channel Ten
Whilst browsing Tumblr for anything new on Naomi, I came across this music video by The Charlatans which features Naomi. At first I thought it might’ve been another music video she’d done quietly (she did a couple in the early 90′s), but having done a bit more searching it seems that it is a commercial for David Yurman, featuring a song from The Charlatans. This was done back in 2006. I don’t remember having seen it before, so I thought I’d post it as a bit of a ‘blast from the past’:
Interview: Tim Burgess, The Charlatans
Well I’m kind of glad he made it into a movie, at the same time…
Check this out for a Lynchism: we just did some music for a Naomi Watts advert. It’s “You’re So Pretty” from “Wonderland,” and it’s her looking like she did in “Mulholland Drive,” floating about for three minutes. I’d show it to you, only my computer’s broken…
HD screencaptures from the international trailer for Diana are now up in the Gallery for you. Browse back through our Diana news archives to view the trailer itself.
I’ve also spent some time working on our Career section content pages today – check the Recently Updated Pages bit on the sidebar to see some of those updates. So far it’s just a very basic start, and I will continue to build it up in the coming weeks!
Naomi Watts: Diana film ‘is sooner than some people expected’
Naomi Watts has defended her portrayal of the Princess of Wales, saying that although the film may be sooner than some expected, “it was a story that was going to be told.”
Speaking the day before the UK premiere, Watts told ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar of the difficulty in capturing what made Princess Diana so instantly recognisable – her voice and mannerisms.
Director Oliver Hirschbiegel said that although ‘Diana’ will undoubtedly have an effect on the princess’ sons, William and Harry, they were used to scrutiny and the attention their mother garnered, throughout her life and since her death.
I don’t know what I would do if somebody did a film about my mother…Then the way these young men grew up was being clearly aware of being the princes or the future king – so it’s not like something that comes out of nowhere, they grew up like this.
– Oliver Hirschbiegel
Watts said that while preparing to play the people’s princess she had two vocal coaches and it required “a lot of hard work.”
The voice was the toughest thing. Because it is posh – but she has that breathe and she didn’t have that stiff upper lip, she used a lot more of her facial expressions than that aristocratic way of Victorian ways.
So putting that breath in to it and using her eyes and her mannerisms as well, that was all stuff that we remember well, her voice was something that we remember very well.
– Naomi Watts
Watts also spoke about her fears of taking on the role and how she actually turned the part down twice because of her concerns.
No word on whether Naomi will be attending this festival – she’s not listed in the official press release.
The programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® launched today with BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart returning for her second year with a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.
The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events. The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from 9-20 October 2013.
Taking place over 12 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across the capital, from the West End cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and a new addition this year the Cineworld Haymarket; central London venues – BFI Southbank; the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events will take place at the Curzon Chelsea, BFI London IMAX and Village Underground.
STRANDS / PATHWAYS
The Festival programme is again organised into focused categories that are clustered around the themes of Love, Debate, Dare, Laugh, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Sonic and Family – an approach designed to help Festival goers find the films that mean the most to them and to open up entry points for new audiences.
Indestructible or just plain destructive, LOVE in all its guises brings both hope and despair. The Love Gala is the UK Premiere of Abdellatif Kechiche’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, who were awarded the coveted prize jointly with their director.
Other titles in this section include: Anne Fontaine’s ADORE starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright based on the Doris Lessing novella and adapted by Christopher Hampton; James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley; Sebastián Lelio’s GLORIA for which Paulina Garcia won the Silver Bear Best Actress award at Berlin; Rebecca Zlotowski’s GRAND CENTRAL starring Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim; Asghar Farhadi’s THE PAST for which actress Bérénice Bejo won the Award for Best Actress at Cannes; and CHILD’S POSE for which C?lin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear at Berlin.
- Read the full press release at The Hollywood News
It’s been a while since I’ve posted news about Naomi’s confirmed upcoming projects, so here is the first of some ‘catch-up’ updates for them. The Grandmothers aka Two Mothers has been renamed yet again (for American audiences, I think) and it is now being marketed as Adore. After an initial release in France earlier this year, it is being released in theatres and On Demand in the US on Friday 6th September (that’s two days time). Find more release dates for Adore here. Have a browse on Google and Google News for reviews if you’re interested in reading them.
I’ve updated the Gallery with new stills, posters & set pictures from the film, plus screencaptures from the newest trailer. This post also includes that new trailer and the official synopsis. Check out the official site at www.adoremovie.com.
Naomi Watts and Robin Wright deliver riveting performances in ADORE, a sensual and provocative drama about two lifelong friends who find unexpected happiness in relationships that cross the bounds of convention. An unpredictable tale of misguided love and a heartfelt celebration of the enduring nature of female friendship, the film is the English-speaking directorial debut of distinguished filmmaker Anne Fontaine (COCO BEFORE CHANEL).
It is adapted for the screen by Academy Award®-winning writer Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS), from a novella by Nobel Prize winner for Literature Doris Lessing.
Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty and shot in lush 35mm Cinemascope, ADORE establishes an aura of fable as it follows two women’s plunge into uncharted waters. Watts and Wright fearlessly engage with both the physical and psychological components of the story, capturing the complex emotions and powerful desires driving their characters. Strong performances from relative newcomers Xavier Samuel (THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE) and James Frecheville (ANIMAL KINGDOM) complement Watts and Wright’s and add another layer of intricacy to the story. Under the precise gaze of Fontaine’s camera, ADORE radiates with intoxicating sensuality while exploring the intricacies of love, family, morality and passion.
ADORE will be in theaters and On Demand September 6th.
Naomi will be heard on Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews radio show on BBC Radio 5 Live (?) to promote Diana next week. She taped her appearance yesterday – and it had some controversy, as you can read below. Mayo tweeted that he thinks this interview will air next week, not this week as the article below states.
Naomi Watts walks out of Simon Mayo interview
Naomi Watts has walked out of an interview with BBC Radio Five Live’s Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode.
The actress was in to talk about her portrayal of Princess Diana, in the new biopic ‘Diana’, but it seems that she wasn’t much in the mood for it.
Tweeting about the incident, Mayo wrote:
A first for me and @wittertainment as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame
— Simon Mayo (@simonmayo) September 3, 2013
@wittertainment is Mayo’s partner on the Five Live movie show Mark Kermode.
When asked later why she left the interview, and it was suggested he might have implied the film was not in the best taste, he replied: “No, not at all. Didn’t express any opinion. So still baffled.”
He joked to fellow BBC presenter Shelagh Fogarty: “The honest answer is I have no idea. You know my hectoring style is always a problem.”