How does this film compare to Contact?
The Original BJ wrote
On a performance level, Adams is solid throughout, though I'd say she carries the movie intelligently and movingly without necessarily delivering a tour de force at any point. (More and more, I'm thinking that the Best Actress race will likely be Stone/Portman way out in front...and then some combination of three other people about at the same level duking it out for the remaining spots.)
I've become pretty convinced that Emma Stone is going to win this. She is going into the Oscar race with several huge advantages. She is:
-- The emotional center of a film that looks like a Best Picture heavy. Which is always a good thing.
-- She's a recent, previous nominee. She may be young, but so was Brie Larson. And Emma Stone has done everything she needs to do in this industry to be taken seriously for a win.
-- She sings, apparently quite well, and she's not known for being a singer. So this role can be perceived as challenging.
-- She is probably a lock for the Golden Globe for Best Comedic/Musical Actress.
-- She's playing a struggling actress with a fading dream. That's...probably going to help her at the SAG awards.
-- Her closest competition (Natalie Portman) is a recent winner.
Let's say she doesn't win any critic's awards? She's in a very good position to win. If she does? She's in an even better position. What's working against her? I dunno...not much.
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