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Maggie Gyllenhaal has been acting for close to 30 years, and in that time she’s worked with an eclectic collection of top tier filmmakers: Spike Jonze, Christopher Nolan, Penny Marshall, Oliver Stone, and more. Now she’s been bitten by the directing bug herself, and is all set to make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of author Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter.
Today, we found out who will star in Gyllenhaal’s new movie. Oscar winner Olivia Colman is set to play the lead role, and she’ll be joined by Dakota Johnson Bad Times at the El Royale, Jessie Buckley Wild Rose, and Peter Sarsgaard Green Lantern. Get details about the story below.
Gyllenhaal is making her screenwriting debut as well as her directing debut with this movie. Variety describes the story’s plot like this: “The Lost Daughter tells the story of a college professor Colman whose own psychological trauma begins to resurface after meeting a woman Johnson and her young daughter while on summer vacation.” The book’s description on Amazon is even more detailed:
Leda is a middle-aged divorcée devoted to her work as an English teacher and to her two children. When her daughters leave home to be with their father in Canada, Leda anticipates a period of loneliness and longing. Instead, slightly embarrassed by the sensation, she feels liberated, as if her life has become lighter, easier. She decides to take a holiday by the sea, in a small coastal town in southern Italy. But after a few days of calm and quiet, things begin to take a menacing turn. Leda encounters a family whose brash presence proves unsettling, at times even threatening. When a small, seemingly meaningless, event occurs, Leda is overwhelmed by memories of the difficult and unconventional choices she made as a mother and their consequences for herself and her family. The apparently serene tale of a woman’s pleasant rediscovery of herself soon becomes the story of a ferocious confrontation with an unsettled past.
Colman has proven time and again that she’s an incredibly gifted comedic performer, but this sounds like a project that will let her once again dig into some more dramatic material.
Gyllenhaal issued a statement about the project:
“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s ‘The Lost Daughter,’ I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud. And I was both disturbed and comforted by that. I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation. I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and...
Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger are nominated for the award.
Some of Hollywood's biggest stars are up for best actress at the 2020 Oscars. While a number of honorees were nominated for the first time, others are frequent nominees, and three of this year's contenders are in films that weren't nominated for best picture.
Cynthia Erivo and Scarlett Johansson are among the first-time nominees for this year's Oscars, and both women received double nominations. Erivo's noms are for best actress in a lead role and best original song, which she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell, for Harriet. The biopic highlights the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her liberation of hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad.
Johansson was recognized for her lead role in Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, which chronicles a grueling coast-to-coast divorce between her character and best actor nominee Adam Driver, and her supporting role in Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, the story of a little boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. This makes Johansson the first person in 13 years to get nods in these two categories in the same year, joining an 11-person club.
Greta Gerwig's Little Women nabbed six noms across the Oscars' 24 categories, including a best actress nod for Saoirse Ronan's portrayal of Jo March in the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel about four sisters learning about life and love in the 1800s. This nomination made Ronan the second-youngest actress to be nominated four times by the age of 25 — twice for best actress in a lead role Brooklyn and Lady Bird and once for best supporting actress when she was 13 Atonement — only falling behind Jennifer Lawrence by four months.
Taking on the role of Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, which chronicles the downfall of Fox News' Roger Ailes, Charlize Theron earned her latest best actress nomination. This is Theron's third best actress nod, and her first one in 14 years. She took home the golden statuette for her role in 2004's Monster and was nominated again in 2006 for starring in North Country.
Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in Judy, a story about the beloved actress and singer who's touring London 30 years after starring in The Wizard of Oz. Zellweger's nom marks her first in 16 years, since she won best supporting actress in 2004 for her role in Cold Mountain. She also received nods for her lead roles in Bridget Jones' Diary and Chicago in the early 2000s.
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The 92nd Academy Awards will go hostless and is set to air on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Oscar viewers were treated to a historical moment this year when Bong Joon Ho and his “Parasite” cast took the stage at the Dolby Theater to accept the Academy Award for Best Picture, marking the first time a foreign-language film won the top Oscar prize. “Parasite” cast members Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, and Lee Sun-kyun were all in attendance at the Oscars, but one part of the ensemble who was not on stage was 10-year-old child actor Jeong Hyeon-jun. Jeong was watching the Oscars from home in South Korea, and fortunately Jeong’s family members recorded him losing his mind as “Parasite” earned one history-making Oscar win after another.
“I thought it would be awesome to get it, and we actually won the award!” Jeong told the Associated Press in a video interview from home the day of the Oscars. “So I am wondering if I am in heaven. I think I was born to receive an Oscar.”
“Parasite” marked the first time a South Korean feature film competed for Academy Awards, and the drama was nominated in six categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing. The movie dominated the ceremony by winning the first four aforementioned categories, giving South Korea its first-ever Oscar wins for a feature and breaking through an Oscars glass ceiling. Jeong was too young to make the trip to Hollywood, but it’s clear from the videos below he shared in the world’s excitement over “Parasite’s'” victories.
For Jeong, “Parasite” was his first foray into acting in feature films. Prior to his experience working with Bong, Jeong got his start as an actor on South Korean television series such as “You Are Too Much,” “Through the Waves,” “At Eighteen,” and “Vagabond.” As part of the “Parasite” cast, Jeong received the Screen Actors Guild awards this year for Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture. Watch Jeon flip out over the “Parasite” Oscar wins below.
PARASITE PARTY: 10-year-old #Parasite #기생충 star Jung Hyeon-jun might have been too young to go to the #Oscars — but he still enjoyed the excitement of the best picture win. #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/sbn71fJ44z
— AP Entertainment @APEntertainment February 18, 2020
The 2006 Oscars will forever be remembered as the infamous ceremony where “Crash” beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture. Ang Lee’s groundbreaking gay romance was the critical favorite and it won three of the eight Oscars it was nominated for that year: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Headlining actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal both earned Oscar nominations for their performances. The actors were asked to present during the 2007 Oscars telecast, but Gyllenhaal revealed in a recent interview with Another Man magazine via NME that Ledger turned down the opportunity because it would mean making jokes at the expense of the gay “Brokeback” love story.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” Gyllenhaal said. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, 'Oh, okay... whatever.' I'm always like, ‘It's all in good fun.’ And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to me — I don't want to make any jokes about it.’”
Gyllenhaal, “That's the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, 'No. This is about love. Like, that's it, man. Like, no.'”
Ledger was nominated in the Best Actor category but lost to “Capote” star Philip Seymour Hoffman. Gyllenhaal lost to George Clooney in “Syriana” for Best Supporting Actor. “Brokeback Mountain” marked the first Oscar nominations for both actors. Ledger would go on to be nominated and win his Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor race for his role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Ledger received the Academy Award posthumously. “Brokeback” remains Gyllenhaal’s sole Oscar nomination to date.
Gyllenhaal has previously spoken about Ledger’s disdain for “Brokeback Mountain” jokes, but this is the first time the actor has revealed his late co-star turned down the Oscars. Gyllenhaal told “Today” in July 2019 that “Brokeback” marked a pivotal moment in his career. “It opened tons of doors,” he said. “It was crazy. It was amazing. It's defined my career in different ways. [But the film] is bigger than me...It has become not ours anymore. It's the world's.”
Read Gyllenhaal’s latest interview in its entirety on the Another Man website.