Screen Junkies » meryl streep http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:29:09 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Could Someone Get Meryl Streep Some Conditioner In This ‘Into The Woods’ Trailer? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/could-someone-get-meryl-streep-some-conditioner-in-this-into-the-woods-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/could-someone-get-meryl-streep-some-conditioner-in-this-into-the-woods-trailer/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:23:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267051 It's nothing these characters can't sing their way out of.

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In case you thought that Into the Woods would be the rare effort by Chicago and The Nine director Rob Marshall that DIDN’T have a ton of singing…you’d be totally wrong. After giving us a few non-musical peeks at the film, the movie’s true colors shine through as we see lots and lots of singing.

Singing from Anna Kendrick (which we’ve seen before), singing from Chris Pine (not sure if we’ve seen that), and singing from a decidedly unkempt Meryl Streep. Lots of singing all around.

How does it look?

It looks good. Pretty much what you’d expect for a fairy tale musical. I don’t know if it will resonate with the Screen Junkies readership, but it might with their girlfriends or partners. Or moms. This might be big with moms.

However, there’s still Meryl Streep playing a bad guy, which is always a delightful thing to witness.

(THR)

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The Film Cult Presents: Death Becomes Her http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-death-becomes-her/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-death-becomes-her/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:03:48 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260424 “Now a warning!?” Obviously Meryl Streep is a genius. Within my lifetime I think she may break Katharine Hepburn’s record for most best actress Oscars. The Great Kate has four,...

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“Now a warning!?”

Obviously Meryl Streep is a genius. Within my lifetime I think she may break Katharine Hepburn’s record for most best actress Oscars. The Great Kate has four, her first in 1934 and her last in 1982. Poor Meryl only has three, her first in 1979 and her most recent in 2011 for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. If only Meryl had been nominated for her consummate portrayal of Madeline Ashton in Death Becomes Her. If only the Academy had realized her true artistic acuity. Then again, they didn’t nominate her for her work in She Devil, so I guess it makes sense they’d overlook Death Becomes Her.

Death Becomes Her is not a great movie. It may not even be a good movie. Still, it’s pretty freakin’ awesome. With only a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it remains one of those strange, one-off films by cinema greats that becomes a cult to its most ardent fans. With material so wacky and a plot line that sort of dissipates half way through, it’s the star power of Meryl, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis, along with some amazing, if not a tad dated, special effects that make this movie a gem.

The premise is simple: a love triangle complicated by a pink potion that reinstates a person’s optimum beauty and renders the drinker immortal. Streep, Hawn, and Willis are the love triangle, and their chemistry throughout the movie is not only believable but hilarious. For some reason you believe Streep and Hawn are former best friends. I can see them right now having lunch in Santa Monica, gossiping while their salads go untouched. And Willis is just attractive enough as a the dorky Dr. Menville to make him worth fighting over. When the elixir of life is thrown into the mix, all hell (and bone density) breaks loose.

This film is most famous for its special effects and one liners. When the tensions of the love triangle reach their crescendo, physical fights break out in absurdly delectable ways. And yet, there they are, happening right before your very eyes. They shoot each other through the stomach (“And I can see right through you!”) They push each other down the stairs (“You’re in the shit house now pal!”) And they bash each other in the bean with shovels (“Will you please put your head on straight so I can talk to you?”) The scene where Streep’s body adjusts back to its former glory is still believable some twenty-odd years later.

Let’s talk about cameos. I’m not sure you could call Isabella Rossellini’s role a cameo, as she’s pretty fundamental to the story. But, I just can’t believe they got her to do it. She’s the forever young Lisle Von Rhuman, living in a Gothic palace somewhere above Sunset Boulevard. She’s wears necklaces as blouses, and yes, that’s Fabio as her body guard. Her acting is so deliciously over the top that every time she appears, you just hope for more. When she reappears in the third act, stepping out of a pool completely nude, you almost cheer. Other notable cameos are Sydney Pollack as the uncredited doctor, who examines Streep’s living dead body, and the late great Alaina Reed-Hall who turns in a great performance as Hawn’s long-suffering psychologist.

Turning in another uncredited performance is Los Angeles itself. Without ever really saying it, the only way any of this seems plausible is the fact that it’s all going down in LA. Only in LA is Greta Garbo still hiding out after drinking Rossellini’s potion. Only in LA are we willing to give up everything to live forever in perfect beauty, always remembered as the stars we once were. LA is the gilded lint trap for the rest of the country, catching all the once-beautifuls and the gorgeous dreamers in its palm fronds. Here, no one notices if your skin needs a touch-up because it’s starting to crack and reveal the dead gray beneath. Everyone is too busy hustling their own dream to notice the dead bodies in the back of the church or the car being pushed over Mulholland Drive. No one will notice you shot your best friend through the stomach, for as Streep confidently declares after Willis is worried about people hearing the gunshot, “Neighbors? In twelve years in Los Angeles, have you ever seen a neighbor?”

Like I said, Death Becomes Her is not a great movie, but it’s indelible kook is irresistible. It still plays on the premium channels all the time, and everyone I know can quote it for hours (“Make some room from for my friend for Christ’s sake. But, keep your ass handy.”) And, did I mention it won an oscar for best special effects? It did, and rightly so. While maybe not a critically acclaimed classic, it’s a comedy cult classic that I, and millions of others (mostly gay men, sure) are proud to call a favorite.

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Meryl Streep Wins Third Oscar For ‘The Iron Lady’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-wins-third-oscar-for-the-iron-lady/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-wins-third-oscar-for-the-iron-lady/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 04:38:22 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246207 Good for her.

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Meryl Streep has won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actress. Her role as Margaret Thatcher beat out Glen Close, Viola Davis, Mara Rooney, and Michelle Williams.

In her speech, Streep, who appeared to be wearing a gaudy curtain, said that she could almost hear half of America groaning about her victory. I find that hard to believe. After three hours watching Billy Crystal, I imagine America was all groaned out.

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Meryl Streep Gets Her Thatcher On In ‘The Iron Lady’ Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/meryl-streep-gets-her-thatcher-on-in-the-iron-lady-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/meryl-streep-gets-her-thatcher-on-in-the-iron-lady-teaser/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:26:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=219208 We finally learn the origin of Maggie's pearls.

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Though it looks nothing like its predecessors Iron Man and Iron Man 2, The Iron Lady does look like it gives Meryl Streep ample opportunity to chew the scenery as the conservative Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher. Plus keep in mind that this is a teaser. There’s still a chance that Jim Broadbent will be outfitted with laser whips in the longer trailer.

This teaser, however, is all about the reveal of Streep’s impression of Thatcher which comes off more as a modified Julia Child. Before Streep is revealed we see two campaign advisers attempting to pimp her ride so to speak. They speak directly into the camera and critique her hat, high voice, and pearls. To which, Thatcher replies, “The pearls are non-negotiable.” I guess it’s cute, but I was mostly just happy to see this wasn’t a teaser for another Madea movie. (The Guardian)

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See Another Strangely Terrifying Photo Of Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-another-strangely-terrifying-photo-of-meryl-streep-as-margaret-thatcher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/see-another-strangely-terrifying-photo-of-meryl-streep-as-margaret-thatcher/#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:50:02 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208332 Who will stop Streep??

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Actress Meryl Streep is famous for completely disappearing into her roles, and it appears that her upcoming performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, which regrettably is not a sequel to Iron Man. What it is is a movie about “how Thatcher dominated Britain’s political landscape in her role as the country’s prime minister.” And let’s face it, another way for Streep to get an Oscar nomination.

Anyway, the photo, which you can see a larger version of below, shows Streep as Thatcher next to Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband, Denis. Gaze at the two of them, in rapturous celebration of the slaughter of the sacred virgin. I can’t wait to see this movie! (Collider)

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Tommy Lee Jones’ Marriage To Meryl Streep Is In Trouble http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tommy-lee-jones-marriage-to-meryl-streep-is-in-trouble/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tommy-lee-jones-marriage-to-meryl-streep-is-in-trouble/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2011 23:33:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202034 Tommy Lee Jones has emerged as the front runner to hate the living crap out of Meryl Streep in Great Hope Springs.

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Tommy Lee Jones has emerged as the front runner to hate the living crap out of Meryl Streep in Great Hope Springs. Jones is up for the role of one half of the married couple who have fallen out of love after 31 years. Steve Carell is the marriage therapist attempting to reconcile them. He’s got his work cut out for him if one of Streep’s turn-offs is bags under the eyes large enough to carry a baby kangaroo. (Deadline)

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Steve Carell Joins Meryl Streep For ‘Great Hope Springs’, Smart Career Decisions http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steve-carell-joins-meryl-streep-for-great-hope-springs-smart-career-decisions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/steve-carell-joins-meryl-streep-for-great-hope-springs-smart-career-decisions/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:35:36 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=28161 Steve Carell seems determined to make his post-TV career more Ashton Kutcher than Michael Richards, with a slew of solid film choices.

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Steve Carell seems determined to make his post-TV career more Ashton Kutcher than Michael Richards, with a slew of good film choices, and the decision to have Will Ferrell soften the blow of him leaving The Office“ with a 4 episode arc later this season. Carell will likely continue his smart streak with a role in David Frankel’s Great Hope Springs, where the actor/comedian will play a marriage therapist to a couple (Streep and a yet-to-be-cast actor) whose relationship is on the rocks after 31 years.

Carell’s got more good stuff coming soon. After he shoots Great Hope Springs, he’s got Burt Wonderstone for New Line, and then he’ll star with Ryan Gosling and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid Love. At this rate, he’ll never wind up onstage at the Laugh Factory yelling racial slurs. If only Kramer got an offer for a Meryl Streep movie back in ’98, everything would be different… (Deadline)

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StreepFest Lines Up Another Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/great-hope-springs-next-up-for-streepfest/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/great-hope-springs-next-up-for-streepfest/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:29:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25572 Meryl Streep's next project will feature her acting.

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Meryl Streep is generally considered one of the finest actors of her generation, despite some surprising evidence to the contrary. It is with this in mind that I’m announcing StreepFest, the imaginary film festival that is made up of whatever Meryl Streep is starring in currently. Don’t quote me, but there might even be an imaginary appearance from Streep herself!

Anyway, the movie, Great Hope Springs is being directed by Th Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel, and is a comedy about “a couple that hits the rocks after 30 years of marriage and hangs their future on an intense counseling weekend.” I’m guessing “intense counseling” is a euphemism for anal.

There isn’t any word yet on what lucky actor is going to be overshadowed by Streep, except for a previous rumor that Jeff Bridges was in the running for the role. I’d like to officially nominate Jon Hamm. (via Deadline)

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Meryl Streep Makes A Good Thatcher http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-makes-a-good-thatcher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-makes-a-good-thatcher/#comments Tue, 08 Feb 2011 17:09:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25495 Proving that there's no woman alive or dead that she can't imitate with authenticity, Meryl Streep has morphed into former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Proving that there’s no woman alive or dead that she can’t imitate with authenticity, Meryl Streep has morphed into former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Pathé UK has released a first look of Streep as The Iron Lady. Now in her second week of filming, Streep hopes to do justice to the character.”I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own,” says Streep.

Based off a shoulder-pads and hair helmet basis alone, I’d say she’s nailed it. Check out this side-by-side comparison.

I doubt there’s another actor alive who could pull this off as well. Except for that guy who played Emperor Palpatine. (Deadline)

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Meryl Streep to Master Margaret Thatcher Next http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-to-master-margaret-thatcher-next/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/meryl-streep-to-master-margaret-thatcher-next/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Uncanny.Everybody raise the roof! Meryl Streep is in talks to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. What what! The brilliant actress who has the Academy Awards on lockdown would reteam with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd for Iron Lady. THR, would you be so kind as to inform us of the details whilst I finish my biscuit?The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. The 2 1/2-month war was a turning point for the prime minister, who, after the victory, saw her approval ratings double and went on to win a second term.The prose and the biscuit were absolutely scrumptious. Jim Broadbent is also in talks to play Thatcher's husband, Denis. If the deal for Streep goes through without any fuss, it will be the highest-profile character she's portrayed yet. Forget the cold showers of Silkwood and butter-soaked dishes of Julie & Julia. Meryl will have to go head-to-head with Parliament, and I can attest that things get rather unpolite in there. British unpolite, not American unpolite. So basically everyone is very polite.

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Uncanny.

Everybody raise the roof! Meryl Streep is in talks to play former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. What what! The brilliant actress who has the Academy Awards on lockdown would reteam with her Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd for Iron Lady. THR, would you be so kind as to inform us of the details whilst I finish my biscuit?

The film is set in 1982 and tracks Thatcher as she tries to save her career in the 17 days preceding the 1982 Falklands War. The 2 1/2-month war was a turning point for the prime minister, who, after the victory, saw her approval ratings double and went on to win a second term.

The prose and the biscuit were absolutely scrumptious. Jim Broadbent is also in talks to play Thatcher’s husband, Denis. If the deal for Streep goes through without any fuss, it will be the highest-profile character she’s portrayed yet. Forget the cold showers of Silkwood and butter-soaked dishes of Julie & Julia. Meryl will have to go head-to-head with Parliament, and I can attest that things get rather unpolite in there. British unpolite, not American unpolite. So basically everyone is very polite.

 

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Road to Oscar: Best Actress Showdown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-oscar-best-actress-showdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-oscar-best-actress-showdown/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Today we pit our top contenders for the Best Actress Oscar in the metaphorical pudding pool for a bikini-clad, chocolate-treat-slathered Battle Royale from which only one shall emerge the victor. ...

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Today we pit our top contenders for the Best Actress Oscar in the metaphorical pudding pool for a bikini-clad, chocolate-treat-slathered Battle Royale from which only one shall emerge the victor.  As if that imagery wasn’t disgusting (and sexy) enough, consider that this year’s top dogs form an unholy three-way culled from the deepest depths of lesbian porno hell: Front runners Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) and Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) along with our dark horse (did I just write that?) Gabourey Sibide (Precious: Based on the Novel bla bla bla bla bla). 

MERYL STREEP

Let’s face it: All Meryl Streep needs to do to get nominated for an Oscar is show up on set. Hollywood’s grand dame has been nominated 16 times and already has two Shiny Gold Dudes for her prodigious award mantle. She could do a regional K-Mart commercial and still be the talk of awards season. She could do a one-line walk-on in a Larry the Cable Guy movie and sweep the Golden Globes. But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee her the Academy Award, does it?

PRO: Thanks to the Food Network, cooking shows are sizzlin’ hot (zing!).  So Streep’s turn as Julia Child was well-timed.  And while Julie & Julia probably won’t even rank in the legendary actress’ Top 10 performances, Streep has been getting deserved nods for revealing the depth and complexity hiding beneath the iconic chef’s apron (thank the gods that’s the only thing hidden beneath Julia Child’s apron that was revealed).

CON: Unfortunately Streep only accounts for half of Julie & Julia’s two-tittied titular characters.  And while her performance was impressive, it did not make up for the dreadful “Julie” segments.  Dear Hollywood: Bloggers do not make interesting fodder for movies.  See: Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.  Okay, there is one exception to this rule — me — but that’s because I moonlight as a kung f ninja assassin for the Dutch government, not because I write snarky quips for the internetzes.  Believe me, there is nothing at all entertaining about me in my Ben and Jerry’s stained tighty-whities, typing rape jokes between sips of Steel Reserve; it’s just sad and pathetic.  And while the adorable Amy Adams did give the role of food blogger Julie Powell her all, she’s still the proverbial albatross around Meryl’s neck.

SANDRA BULLOCK:

When we look back on 2009, we will likely remember it as the Year of the Bullock.   After phoning in 2007’s dreadful Premonition, the actress seemingly disappeared, presumably banished to the same island where Ashley Judd forages for berries.  But last year Miss Congeniality came back with a vengeance and somehow managed to garner both a Razzie Nomination (for the abominable All About Steve) and an Oscar nomination in the same year.   Which raises an interesting question: Is it possible that Bullock might actually be both the best and worst actress of the year?

PRO:  Bullock seemed to take a shotgun approach to winning the Oscar.  If she stars in EVERY movie that comes out in a given year, she’s bound to win for something, right?  In all fairness, she did receive some good reviews for her work in The Blind Side, being called “unusually watchable” by one critic, “surprisingly pleasant” by another and “not at all making me want to jam a fork in my eye” by yet another (me).

CON:  This is Sandra Bullock we’re talking about.  She specializes in box office fluff aimed at eternally-single cat ladies — usually opposite some equally generic hunkbot actor e.g. Matthew McConaughey.  It seems silly handing her a Shiny Gold Dude for the achievement of merely being less bland than normal.   It’s like awarding vanilla the Creamy Award for Best Ice Cream.  Sure, it’s fine when it’s scooped onto a slice of pie, but it’s still no Chunky Monkey (the flavor du jour staining my tighty-whities).

GABOUREY SIBIDE

Not only does Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (pant… pant…) own the distinction of having the most annoying title, it was — along with The Blind Side and Paranormal Activity — one of the year’s notable sleeper hits.  But what most people don’t know is that it also provided one of 2009’s most popular Halloween costumes.  As a matter of fact I was at the DMV last week and even though Halloween has been over for months several of the employees were STILL wearing their Precious costumes.   Pretty impressive.  But was Gabourey Sibide’s performance equally impressive?

PRO: Sibide’s performance as the illiterate incest victim with a heart of gold was solid, if not mind-blowing.  But she does have a unique edge over her competition: Let’s face it, it’s not like Sibide’s going to be top-lining summer blockbusters next year.  She’s a morbidly obese African-American woman.  No one’s casting her opposite Brad Pitt in the next Doug Liman actioner.  Outside of the occasional Oprah Winfrey Network movie-of-the-week and Tyler Perry cameo, Precious may be her lone moment in the spotlight.  And I believe the Academy will reward her accordingly.  When she’s selling Mary Kay ten years from now at the very least she’ll have a Shiny Gold Dude by which to remember her Walhol-prescribed 15 minutes.

CON: She’s up against Meryl Streep.  Still, for the reason stated above I think Sibide will pull off the upset and take home the Oscar. Streep already has more Academy Awards that she knows what to do with and likely has not won her last.  But unless Martin Scorsese decides to adapt The Jeffersons for the big screen and hand-picks Sibide to be his Weezy, this will likely be her only grab for the gold.  She deserves it just as much as her competition, but the distinction will mean a lot more to her.  And I believe the Academy will recognize this fact and reward her accordingly. 

ADVANTAGE:  GABOREY SIBIDE

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