Portraits of two music legends, Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey, a avenger against male abuse, a mother struggling with the most difficult loses and a modern nomad. These are the five roles that led to Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Carey Mulligan (A Promising Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman). Oscar for Best Actress.
A race that at the moment does not seem to have a certain favorite, however, taking into account the fact that Viola Davis is the latest winner of the Sag Award awarded by the Actors’ Union, is often indicative of the Academy Awards. Carey Mulligan, who won the Critics’ Choice Award and Andra Day, who won the Golden Globe, is behind her. Not to forget that Vanessa Kirby faced her first nomination with victory for the Fox Cup movie in Venice, and Frances McDormand was very popular with Academy voters (she had two Academy Awards for herself). .
After making Oscar history, as the most nominated black actress (four), Viola Davis, who won the Barriere Best Supporting Actress logo in 2017 , could become (as Andra Day) the second African-American actress, after Halle Berry in 2002, to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Ma Rainey by Charles C. Wolfe (on Netflix) , with Chadwick Boseman (giving him the nomination after male lead). One, like Barriere, is based on an August Wilson TV series and co-produced by Denzel Washington. The great performer brings out intensity and spirit as Ma Rainey, ‘The mother of blues music’. A woman who is charismatic, courageous, and free, even in her gender and feminist perspective.
Carey Mulligan, born in 1985, living in London, returned to the Oscars, 11 years after being nominated for An An, while playing the vengeful chameleon in the revenge / black comedy film A Promising Woman ( in Italy from the end of April) directed by Emerald Fennell, with Margot Robbie co-producing. The main character is Cassie, thirty years old, who punishes in her own way men willing to take advantage of women who are drunk, confused or defenseless. “Outside of genre and tone, from funny to scary, you feel that the story – the actress explains – is about hurts and real life.”
Andra Day, 36, a world-class singer-songwriter and performer, with her first lead role in cinema won her first nomination thanks to her almost symbiotic performance in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs Billie Holiday. The film tells the story of the female singer mainly in the last 12 years of her life when the FBI turned her into a haunting watch target for her anti-racist efforts. Andra Day said: “I was amazed at her strength, ability to fight alone, her resilience and inner strength.
After conquering international audiences with the role of young Princess Margaret in The Crown, Vanessa Kirby, British, born in 1988, made her first Oscar nomination as a mother struggling with grief. mind, death of a newborn daughter, in a woman’s Pieces by Kornel Mundruczo (available on Netflix).
“I’m looking for something that scares me, a challenge – the actress insists -. I’m not a mother and I find myself in this almost animal role, however, representing for the pain of many women “.
The queen of Hollywood’s horror film, Frances McDormand, won two Academy Awards, 1997 for Fargo and in 2018 for Three Posters in Ebbing, Missouri, back in the competition, as lead and co-actress. Nomadland’s production by Chloé Zhao, The Golden Lion in Venice 2020 and coming to the Star (Disney +) from April 30. In the movie Frances McDormand is Fern, who goes to the labor camp, ie the tall workers. age moves through the streets of the United States as new nomads looking for seasonal work. A life style “must do – the actress commented – with the American dream, not just the economic dream”. (HANDLING).