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
Miley Cyrus got robbed on Friday, November 22, the day before she turned 21. The thief just got right into her house and stole stuff. I guess you could say they…came in like a wrecking ball. From E Online:
LAPD confirms to E! News that a victim, whom they could not confirm was Cyrus, discovered property was missing from the home at around 4:30p.m.
The incident occurred sometime in the afternoon and nobody was injured. There were no signs of forced entry.
The investigation is ongoing.
Bling Ring all over again? This sucks for Miley but I’m not going to cry real hard over it, or anything. I bet it was Liam “I’m So F-cking Happy Without Miley” Hemsworth just taking back some of his stuff.
November 24, 2013 at 8:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Lady Gaga‘s boyfriend, Taylor Kinney, seems normal as f-ck, but Gaga swears he’s weird and that’s why they get along together so well. This poor dude, between her airing stuff about their sex life (Hello, threesomes!) and calling him a lesbian, he really can’t escape the spotlight that is Gaga. Here’s what she’s saying about their relationship now, via People:
“He [Taylor] is extremely strange, actually. We complement each other’s weirdness. That’s actually one of the first things he ever said to me. It’s a Dr. Seuss quote. You find in someone else a compatible weirdness.”
Gaga, who met the Chicago Fire star on the set of her “You and I” video in 2011, said she “looked ridiculously crazy” during their first encounter.
“I’ve got these pins sticking out of my head and I’m wearing cork and I’ve got no hair and I’m bald,” she recalls of that fateful day. “I mean, why he found me attractive just completely behooves me. We were in the middle of this scene and I remember that he kissed me and it wasn’t scripted for him to kiss me. I was sort of like, ‘Uh, you know, was that real or was that fake?’ And he just didn’t really say anything, and that was fine by me and we just kept filming.”
Awww, okay I found that last part weirdly sweet. I really hope he’s not just using her for her colossal fame.
What do you guys think of their relationship?
November 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Mad Men fans will take anything they can get, with the show still being on hiatus. So when Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway/Harris) and Jessica Paré (Megan Draper) meet up for a Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection Launch Party, I’m calling that a mini reunion.
In addition to a mini reunion, I’m also calling this a fashion face-off.
Whose outfit do you like better? Christina’s or Jessica’s?
November 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
I don’t make these conscious decisions to do it, to like prove to the world that I’m grown up. I think people see my work and see what I do and see that I’m grown up. But yeah, I’m almost 18. Every headline for the past three years has been ‘Abigail Breslin All Grown Up,’ so I am kind of growing up. I do want to try different things but it’s all for fun.
Honey, excuse me? “I don’t make these conscious decisions to do it”? Then who’s making them for you, Roman Polanski?
November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Ellen DeGeneres wanted to do something for The Great American Smokeout that happened yesterday (you know, a whole day of “let’s not smoke, America”) so she gave us Mad Men with a twist. Instead of smoking cigarettes, you’ll see Don Draper blowing noisemakers. You know, like those HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! things. It’s pretty funny.
Now let’s see Kate Moss without cigarettes. Ha ha, funny joke!