Sunday, August 16, 2015

Oscars 2016: For Your Consideration- Rebecca Hall for Best Actress for The Gift (2015)

Hello, Bloggers, I have created another For Your Consideration post for a performance that I feel is worthy of awards recognition. This performance is that of Rebecca Hall for her work in the sleeper suspense hit The Gift.


As I said in my review, while I thought actors Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton were phenomenal, it is Rebecca Hall who was the MVP of the trio. Hall's work is rather understated, meaning that she allows the audience into her head and showcases the rampant emotions her character goes through without the benefit of plate throwing, wallowing in teary melodrama, and screaming half her dialogue which is one tactic actors often use to nab laurels. The magic is all in her eyes and Hall pulls off her Robyn with such refreshing nuance. She makes Robyn very three-dimensional as she pulls off a woman who is steely yet slightly meek; psychologically troubled yet still ready and willing to investigate the mystery and tries to see the good in her husband's slightly intrusive old acquaintance yet is still weary of her own husband's motivations. Hall gives us an original and refreshing face in the suspense genre and I personally feel that she should be rewarded for her amazing work.

Some of the names in the conversation, like Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Jennifer Lawrence, have all been to the dance before. But let's have a new girl join the club, right? As much as I love Blanchett and Moore, and only like Lawrence, my biggest issue with their potential inclusion is that it feels like their spots are reserved and it makes the race a little less exciting. Part of the excitement of the awards race is discovering new talent, in my opinion.

I hope that any Academy voters that read this take Rebecca Hall's performance, and the film in general, into consideration. For anybody that has seen the film, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section on whether you think Rebecca Hall's work is worthy of awards praise. Thanks for reading!