The new Oscar season begins: international festivals have launched their campaigns, although they are also hampered by ongoing strikes, thanks to which important contenders for the main statuettes have already emerged (today the film is called to represent Italy).
And then the first “strategic” movements of the studios began to occur. One of them is the decision to nominate Lily Gladstone for an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in Killers of the Flower Moon Martin Scorsese.
Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, the film will hit theaters worldwide in October (in Italy thanks to 01 Distribution and Leone Film Group) and is a strong Oscar contender.
Many thought that Gladstone could have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress; the line between two leads/supporting characters is blurry in some films, and the decision is left up to the studios. In this case, she will compete with Leonardo DiCaprio for Oscar nominations for Best Actress and Best Actor. If Gladstone manages to secure a nomination, it will set a significant record: no Native American woman has ever achieved a win or nomination at the Oscars or SAG Awards.
If Gladstone had been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, she would likely have been a frontrunner in the race for the award. However, the Move category leaves room for other uses. Killers of the Flower Moonespecially Kara Jade Myers, who plays Anna in the film.
Scorsese’s film puts the Native American experience at the center, with a particular focus on Osage voices, and the Oscar campaign will likely focus heavily on that aspect as well, which could prove successful on several fronts. Apple has nominated the film in all categories (even technical ones, including visual effects and soundtrack) and intends to receive a large number of nominations.
In our review we talk about Gladstone’s interpretation as follows:
Near DiCaprio AND De Niro actually there is Lily Gladstone with an exceptional character, at the same time great and submissive, a woman is not beautiful in herself, but beautiful for the charm that she radiates. The film never needs to tell us or show us that it is smarter than others. Scorsese he knows how to do it with casting and acting Lily Gladstone somewhat. Just as (on the contrary) he makes us understand that character Leonardo DiCaprio instead he is a bit stupid, but over time his beauty we come to realize is important to the plot.
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