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Entries in Almost There (103)

Mar 08 2022

Almost There: Mike Faist in "West Side Story"

byCláudio Alves

While the role has been shortened compared to the 1961 Best Picture winner, Mike Faist's Riff feels exponentially more complex than Russ Tamblin's take on the same character. So much so that he became one of the standouts ofWest Side Story'21 and won ourAlmost There poll, trumping the likes of Lady Gaga and Cate Blanchett. As it was the reader's choice, I'm obliged to explore the performance in an appropriate deep-dive. Though, truth be told, it's less obligation than plasure. Maybe the great surprise of the season, Mike Faist steals the musical remake from his co-stars, running away with the picture.

From innate charisma to a cornucopia of curious acting choices, Mike Faist's Riff is worthy of gold, regardless of the Academy's indifference…

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Feb 26 2022

Almost There: Lady Gaga in "House of Gucci"

byCláudio Alves

Last time, in theAlmost Thereseries, I asked you to vote on what performance should be explored next. Mike Faist inWest Side Storywas the resounding victor. However, since Spielberg's musical is still not available to stream or rent, we'll first look at the runner-up choice from that poll. She's none other than Lady Gaga inHouse of Gucci. After scoring nominations with all major precursors, she seemed set for her second acting Oscar nod. However, as luck would have it, her outrageous awards campaign ended in a snub from the Academy. She might still win some trophies before the season is over, but that coveted little golden man is out of reach.

While it's easy to lose oneself in the glamour of the role and those ridiculous interviews, there's plenty to admire in Gaga's star turn as Patrizia Reggiani, ex-wife to Maurizio Gucci, who she had killed after an acrimonious separation…

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Feb 09 2022

Almost There: Class of 2021

byCláudio Alves

Another year, another class of actors who got close to Oscar glory but failed to make the cut. Like last year, here are capsules of 15 unnominated but buzzy performances.At the end of the article, you'll get to vote for who you think should get the full "Almost There" treatment. Since I already wrote extensively aboutRuth Negga inPassingandSimon Rex inRed Rocket, those two won't be here, though my heart mourns for their dashed Oscar dreams.

First up, let's start with the season's wildest race...

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Jan 18 2022

Almost There: Ian McKellen in "Richard III"

byCláudio Alves

With its streaming release on Apple TV+, it seems like everyone is watchingThe Tragedy of Macbeth. As people discuss Joel Coen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play, talks of Oscar are nearly unavoidable - Denzel Washington is poised to earn his ninth acting nomination for the titular role. However, while his awards triumph feels obvious, one shouldn't think that playing the Bard's most famous roles is an easy ticket to the Oscars. Many major adaptations have been snubbed over the years, and even when the Academy embraces a Shakespearean flick, it rarely extends such love to its cast.

Look no further than Sir Ian McKellen's first major bid at big-screen stardom. In 1995, after starring in a famed stage production directed by Richard Eyre, the actor decided to take thatRichard IIIto the movies…

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Jan 11 2022

Almost There: Jessica Chastain in "Molly's Game"

byCláudio Alves

Nicole Kidman just won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her work in Aaron Sorkin's third feature as a director,Being the Ricardos. In truth, most of the writer turned writer/director's projects have garnered awards attention, so this win shouldn't be surprising. The first two movies he directedTrial of the Chicago 7andMolly's Gameearned Sorkin Oscar nominations for writing. His 2017 directorial debut,Molly's Gamehas another connection to the current awards season. SinceZero Dark Thirtyearned her a Best Actress nod, Jessica Chastain has tried to return to the Academy's good graces but it hasn't yet happened. This year,The Eyes of Tammy Fayecould end her Oscar dry spell.

As we wait for nomination morning, let's look back at Chastain's performance in Sorkin's gambling drama as the real-life character, Molly Bloom…

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