Scarlett Johansson‘s best asset is obvious: her voice (I’m sorry, were you thinking of something else?). But it could it win her an Oscar? There’s buzz that she could be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Spike Jonze‘s Her, a role that has zero minutes of screen time. Ms. Johansson plays a Siri-like character; just a robot voice that Joaquin Phoenix‘s character happens to fall in love with.
We’re still a long way off from the Oscars, but here’s what one report is saying. From The Week:
SCARLETT JOHANSSON is set to make history by being nominated for an acting Oscar for a role in which she doesn’t appear on screen.
The 28-year-old actor has wowed critics with her performance as Samantha in Her, the latest film by US director Spike Jonze. Johansson plays Samantha, a sophisticated software program that communicates using a synthetic voice.
[...] Variety‘s Tim Gray says “there’s no precedent” for an actor who doesn’t appear on screen being nominated for an acting Oscar. But he says Johansson deserves recognition and it’s time to “dump some old notions” about acting.
“Let’s abolish the idea that an actor needs to be seen on camera in order to give a ‘real’ performance,” he writes. “Scarlett Johansson creates a full character in Her so she should be seriously considered for supporting actress.”
The article points out that actors like Ellen DeGeneres were nominated for their voiceover work and Hollywood hasn’t collapsed, so maybe it’s not a terrible idea. Also, Judi Dench won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love for about 8 minutes of screentime total.
What do you think? If an actor has a role like this in a non animated film, where it’s just their voice, should they be given Oscar consideration if it’s a good performance? What makes a good performance?
November 24, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Productive of what, exactly? (My sarcastic reply is probably a little x rated for pre-lunchtime.) In all seriousness, Scarlett Johansson is in the new movie Don Jon which is about a man who’s addicted to porn, so of course she’s being asked a lot about her thoughts on it. She actually thinks it’s alright, and could be good for a relationship… within moderation, of course.
From Marie Claire:
“If I found out my boyfriend watched that much porn [as Jon], I would be totally flabbergasted, for sure.
“But I think porn, like anything else, can be enjoyed. It can be productive for both men and women.”
I’m not much of a porn fan, myself. Then again, it’s clear 99% of it isn’t made with women in mind, anyway. I personally feel that if that’s your thing to watch it as a couple to enhance what’s happening, then… okay, sure. But I also think if you need porn to get off with your partner, there’s a bigger problem there. Ah, don’t you just love when art makes you think?!?!
Anyway, we should all listen to Scarlett on this. I mean, she IS the sexiest woman alive and all.
November 7, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
For the second time, Scarlett Johansson has won Esquire‘s illustrious “Sexiest Woman Alive” title, making me ask the question: Is this for real? The fact that shit like this even exists is corny as hell (and has anyone noticed how many more “sexiest woman” contests there are than one for men?) but whatever, that’s how the world works at this point, I suppose. And hey, as women, we do exist to be great to look at for male eyes, so I suppose it’s a high honour, right? (Insert eyeroll here.)
But fine, I’ll play along. This is the second time she’s won the title – the first being in 2006 – and I sorta wonder, like, is this the best we can do? Scarlett Johansson is beautiful (and engaged!) and all that, but can anyone tell me if anyone at Esquire can think beyond the “looks great in lingerie” concept to consider other things that might make a woman really sexy, like… I dunno, intelligence? Activism? Fearlessness and ambition? A great sense of humour? I mean, I know the publication doesn’t necessarily pander to thinking audiences, but come on.
Also, is it just me or is that cover anything but sexy? She looks like she’s trying to keep from pissing herself. Anyway, do you, ScarJo. I don’t hate the player, I hate the game that makes you feel like all you are is a set of tits and a pair of legs.
October 8, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
ScarJo plays an alien who abducts hitchikers for experimentation but later begins to feel remorse for what she’s doing. It’s a sci-fi drama (in case you didn’t get that from the description) directed by Jonathan Glazer and based on the 2000 book by Michael Faber
And while we previously saw a mini trailer, now a full-length one has been released and it’s… vaguely terrifying, or at least incredibly weird. I’m really intrigued by this movie for some reason, even though I don’t really think ScarJo is all that great of an actress and the movie will probably be a slight letdown.
I dunno, what do you guys think?
September 23, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Last time we celebrated the looks of Katy Perry, Daniel Radcliffe, and surprisingly, Lady Gaga. Who dazzled me this week, who disappointed, and who WTF’d my shit up? And do you agree or disagree? Let’s take a fashion journey. It was fashion week, after all.
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September 15, 2013 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Scarlett Johansson is engaged and she has a big-ass gross ring to show for it! Okay so it’s not my style. Maybe it’s yours! Here it is! Let’s all look!
Side view plus awful tattoo:
Bitch got skinnnaaaaayyyyyyy! See more pics of her from he 70th Venice International Film Festival.