Our Nominees: Best Perfomance By An Actress In a Motion Picture, Drama

by Ana Maria Bahiana December 13, 2016

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Amy Adams, Arrival. In Denis Villeneuve’s existential sci-fi feature, Adams plays Louise Brooks, a linguist recruited by the military to facilitate a dialogue with aliens. “It was really one of the best scripts I read”, Adams told us. “It had such an amazing heart and soul to it, and on top of that all those sci-fi elements which were also so interesting and intriguing.” Adams, a sci-fi  fan – “ET and Starman, which I grew uo with and I loved”- has been nominated six times for a Golden Globe, and won twice, both in the category Best Performance By An Actress, Motion Picture Comedy/Musical: in 2014 for American Hustle and in 2015 for Big Eyes. (Amy Adams también en español.)

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane. “She’s fearless. She’s strong. She wants to make sure before she enters a room that you hear her heels walking down the hallway on the marble. Her energy is in the room before she arrives – it’s her battle cry.” That’s how Jessica Chastain describes her character in director John Madden’s Miss Sloane – the powerful DC lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane, a no-holds-barred power-broker in a world ruled by men. “Yeah, I conside it a feminist movie”, Chastain told us. “I mean, I consider everything I do in my life a feminist move.” This is the fourth nomination for Jessica Chastain; in 2013 she won in the Actress/Drama category for her work in Zero Dark Thirty. (Jessica Chastain también en español.)

Isabelle Huppert, Elle. As the complicated videogame CEO Michèle Leblanc in director Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of exquisite precision that many would like to define as “brave”. The French star disagrees: “I don’t see as being brave because I think all work consists of bringing the audience to really literally step into someone’s life”, shed told as at the Toronto Film Festival. “And really get into someone’s mind. This is just a story. I think acting is more about imagination.” This is Isabelle Huppert’s first Golden Globe nomination. (Isabelle Huppert también en español.)

Ruth Negga, Loving. The story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple from a small rural community in Virginia who took their civil rights case all the way to the US Supreme Court in the early 1960s is told, in writer-director Jeff Nichols’ film, essentially through the eyes of its two main characters. Negga pored over an extensive amount of research, including a documentary about the case, to build her performance. “It’s really the clarity of the couple in love and how much in love they were, how much they adores and respected each other”, she shared with us. This is Ruth Negga’s first Golden Globe nomination. (Ruth Negga también en español.)

Natalie Portman, Jackie. To interpret the iconic Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, a historic character already brought to the screen by several actresses, Natali Portman took her cue straight from director Pablo Larraín: “A lot of it it’s imagined”, she told us at the Venice Film Festival. “ This is a fictionalized version, I mean, most of the things nobody knows what went on behind closed doors.” Portman did extensive research and, she says, she tried “to stay as true as possible to the facts”. But, she adds, “ultimately I don’t know her.” This is the fourth Golden Globe nomination for Natalie Portman; she won twice, in 2005 in the Best Supporting Actress Category for Close and in 2011 in Best Actress/Drama for Black Swan. (Natalie Portman también en español.)

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