Monday, June 27, 2016
The U.T.C.: Sarah Paulson
Sarah Paulson is someone that has been proving herself to be the unsung hero in everything she does. Martha Marcy May Marlene was a breakthrough vehicle for Elizabeth Olsen yet no attention was given to Paulson as the sister trying to ground her back to reality.
12 Years A Slave was an awards juggernaut, not only winning Best Picture but gaining recognition for its three main actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o who ended up winning Best Supporting Actress. Yet despite her Mistress Epps being vital to her slave owner husband's guilt and self-loathing as well as Patsey's heartbreak, no attention was given to Paulson.
Lastly, Carol managed to score 6 nominations, including for its two lead actresses. But Paulson probably had a difficult time sneaking in because her co-star Rooney Mara was being cheated down to Supporting. Also, because of how short and analytical her performance is. The Academy does appreciate performances that are analytically subtle like Rachel McAdams in Spotlight. But Spotlight was the Best Picture winner which helped McAdams get carried over to a nomination while Carol was left out of Best Picture and was more of an underperformer.
While Paulson has had better luck at the Emmys, racking up nominations for her work on American Horror Story, even there she can't catch a break because she has yet to win an Emmy.
But will she ever get a ticket to Oscar, though? Well, if she continues to at least find a balance between work on film and television, her chances will get better. Also, if she has the right role in a Best Picture contender and/or there's no category fraud in her way, there's a chance.