Tag Archives: Best Actress

Oscars Week: Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

It’s always instructive who merits an Oscar campaign and who doesn’t. The three ladies of Hidden Figures would have had better odds if their highly successful movie had premiered earlier in the season. As it played out, there was only one vulnerable slot in Supporting Actress, and Octavia Spencer snuck in. Similarly, with so much talent in Moonlight, […]


Leave it to the French. I doubt anyone will call Elle a feminist film, though it features the great Isabelle Huppert as a woman seeking revenge after she is raped in her home. The plot twists are as lurid as what we’d expect from director Paul Verhoeven, whose previous films include Basic Instinct and Show […]

Best Actress Contenders: JOY, ROOM, BROOKLYN

But If You Try Sometimes… Joy was sold to us through an excellent teaser, cut to The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Don’t believe everything you see on TV. David O. Russell directs and writes the Cinderella story of Joy Magnano, the inventor of the Miracle Mop, a household product that […]

The Golden Girl: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Why Cate Blanchett Will and Deserves To Win There’s been a lot of speculation of late if Cate Blanchett’s chances for Oscar gold this year may be deterred because of the Woody Allen scandal that’s plagued the media for the last month or so. Despite the fact that this entire conversation seems in poor taste, […]