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Aug 21 2018

Nicole Kidman in "Destroyer".Is De-Glam Back?

by Nathaniel R

We've seen set photos but this is the first official image from Annapurna of Nicole Kidman inDestroyer,her LAPD drama and suspected second Oscar bid.She plays Erin Bell,a woman haunted by her past when she was undercover with a criminal gang...

Nicole is reportedly in every single scene (YAS) despite richly talented co-stars like Tatiana Maslany,Sebastian Stan,and Bradley Whitford.Director Karyn Kusama wanted her to be a woman who "wears her ugliness on the outside."

Nicole filming a sceneSebastian Stan on set

The film is due in theaters for Christmas,because everyone loves a traumatic character study for the holidays!We love Nicole Kidman (as you well know) but we hope this doesn't mean that De-Glam is back as an Oscar tactic.We lived throughfartoo many years of actresses downplaying their innate glamour and unreal beauty as a gimmick to win "SHE TRANSFORMS!"praise.We've been spared it for awhile but it's always lurking,ready to attack Oscar ballots again.The tactic goes way way back to gorgeous Olivia de Havilland as the 'plain' spinster ofThe Heiress(1949) andGrace Kellyas a regular housewife WITH GLASSES (*screams in terror*) inThe Country Girl(1954).We've been spared it for awhile but its last truly successful blaze of glory was the one-two-three punch of Kidman-Theron-Swank (02-04) all with either makeup prosthetics to make them less attractive or damaged in some way or no makeup at all or whatnot.Deglam is always out there lurking,ready to strike Best Actress Oscar shortlists whenever you let your glamour-loving guard down.

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Ya know,the first time I saw pics of her in this I thought Nic was Theron
I don't know why,tho.

ANTYWAYS,can't wait for this.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris

It's the December release that puts me off predicting her,she has become more beloved than she was say 10 yrs ago but that release date does not bode well but am always glad to see her in a lead role.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

She looks like crap!

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

I remember her SAG speech,she said she had trouble coming out of this performance.I'm expecting great things.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I definitely share your frustrations with "deglamming"as a trend/tactic to win awards,but I also enjoy seeing actors transform,whether it be through the use of makeup or simple changes in physicality or speech - it's all great when done right.It's nice to see that Nicole is refusing to settle into supportive mom/wife roles and is still seeking challenging work with interesting directors.I'm ready!

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

Barbara Harris died.Watch the closing moments of The Seduction of Joe Tynan in her honour.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

She looks like Tig Notaro in zombie makeup.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Eh,I really doubt this is an Oscar play,given that summary and Annapurna taking it wide (wut?lol) on Christmas.But Nicole stans can keep dreaming and get their hopes dashed every other year,it seems.;)

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterLandon

Looking forward to this,particularly as (hopefully) a long-coming breakout for a female director of color,Karyn Kusama.That woman has been doing interesting work for decades,so it's about time.

Also,"a traumatic character study for the holidays"sounds like Christmas with my family every December.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

I never really thought of Nicole as Virginia Woolf as "de-glam"-- more akin to Steve Carell in Foxcatcher or whatever -- transformation for its own sake

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterBRB

Looks intriguing (way moreso than that Joel Edgerton film).Sebastian Stan is "de-glamming"here as well - I wouldn't even recognize him.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Whoa,Nic looks badass!

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I can see why deglam appeals to certain actresses who are known for their glamorous image.It must be a release and relief to remove that restrictive layer and experiment and explore.If you look the part,it helps in acting the part.

I do think we've gained perspective on this.In the 50s Oscar voters lost their shit because Grace Kelly didn't wear lipstick.That was a decoy.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Anything for Oscar

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Has any actress donned more unflattering wigs as Nicole?(I'm thinking Stepford,Family Fang,Lion) She looks like Lisa Rinna if she were a crack addict.

But given how she has mentioned how deeply the character is affecting her maybe we're in for something impressive.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterEoghan McQ

She looks like Keith Urban in the 2nd photo.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSpring_chicken

Now she steals Close's thunder and wins her second Oscar

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Honestly,I'd say A24 will be banking on Elsie Fisher more than Collette or Thompson.If they push for Fisher,they almost certainly get a BP nod.If they fight for Collette or,especially,Thompson,they just get an actress nod,even if the latter are easier fights on paper to get an actress nod.

My guess:

1.Glenn Close,The Wife
2.Viola Davis,Widows
3.Kiki Layne,If Beale Street Could Talk
4.Lady Gaga,A Star is Born
5.Elsie Fisher,Eighth Grade
6.Carey Mulligan,Wildlife
7.Toni Collette,Hereditary
8.Emily Blunt,Mary Poppins Returns
9.Nicole Kidman,Destroyer (Non-biographical de-glam directed by Karyn Kusama.Not impossible (because Kidman),but highly likely they don't give this the time of day.)
10.Emma Stone,The Favourite

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I stopped getting Nicole after The Hours until Big Little Lies.This is not winning any awards is my guess.Her work is too frequent and random.Ann Glenn Close?Oh my sides.It's best actress.I am rooting for Emily Blunt.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterFaye

Bottom lip still a bit puffy artificially,but not overly distracting in this deglam role.You've come along way from caterpillar lips and immovable forehead days Nic.So proud.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered CommenterFelipe

Now she steals Close's thunder and wins her second Oscar

Boy bye.Kidman's 2nd is in supporting.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Whether this is getting nominations or not,I love that Nicole is putting out a lot of varied and interesting work.Glam for BLL,deglam for this.Just keep working.

August 21,2018 | Unregistered Commentermikey67

Nathaniel - Have you heard anything about Mary Queen of Scots that you have Ronan so low?

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

cal Roth: I love absurdist unrealistic humour!;)

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterWendy.

Sight unseen predictions for Emily Blunt,Meryl Streep and even Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins,so why not Angela Lansbury,even if just for the fun of it!

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoe (UK)

Joe,please,let's have a break from Meryl with Oscar.Sigh.

August 22,2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Kidman is hit or miss with me,but I'm really excited to see Kusama's next movie after loving "The Invitation"and it's cool that Kidman is working with her.

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

This is shaping up to be another great year for the Best Actress category.I get the impression that Olivia Colman is the true lead in The Favourite (among my most anticipated this year) and that Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are really supporting.I could absolutely see Fox Searchlight demoting Colman,who's less familiar with Oscar voters,in favor of Stone.Weisz,meanwhile,can never seem to catch a break.Her best work since winning an Oscar was either in tiny indies (Brothers Bloom,The Deep Blue Sea,Disobedience) that never get traction or lost in otherwise mediocre films (The Light Between Oceans) or both (Complete Unknown).Harumph.

I'm cautiously optimistic about Destroyer.Kusama last film,The Invitation,was a Swiss watch of an ensemble thriller and the role seems like something of a stretch for Kidman.The release date,however,raises the likelihood that this gets lost in the shuffle.

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterW.J.

W.J.-- i get the feeling from the trailer that all three are leads.in a story about their triangular relationship.

Steve -- it's just that there have been so many movies about it and this might not be bringing anything new to the table since they're using some of the same visual artists at Elizabeth: The Golden Age.also: one of the big films will be failed Oscar bait.At least one always is.

August 22,2018 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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