Sunday, May 15, 2016

The U.T.C.: Elizabeth Olsen


2011 was a banner year for lead actresses. In a sea of terrific and dynamic performances by leading ladies, there was one performer that emerged as a special discovery. That performer was Elizabeth Olsen as a manipulated cult member in Martha Marcy May Marlene. Olsen didn't make it very far in the precursors, managing a BFCA nod and an Independent Spirit nod. To me, that's a shame because I thought she was even better than the performance that won that year (Sorry, not sorry, Streep fans.).

But her performance at least got Hollywood to take note and she would go on to have a supporting role in Godzilla and play Scarlet Witch in the Avengers franchise. Yet she has managed to remember her indie roots, working in films like Silent House, Liberal Arts, In Secret, and Very Good Girls. 

While her turn in the failed Oscar bait biopic I Saw The Light likely won't garner any traction, she does have the upcoming Wind River opposite Jeremy Renner which sounds promising. It is about a man investigating a murdee that took place in a Native American reserve and it just got picked up by Harvey Weinstein.

So thankfully because Olsen is able to squeeze in films outside of the MCU, an Oscar nomination might not be far from her reach. Thankfully, she does make films outside of Marvel because she has luminous screen presence whenever she appears.