Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oscar Watch: Christine (2016)


  Rebecca Hall is an underappreciated actress I have championed to break out since I saw her lovely turn in The Town as Ben Affleck's love interest. She continues to impress yet has never really caught the public's eye. Christine, which is a rare lead role for her, looks like it'll go under the radar because of its small distributor, The Orchard, but I think could still have a slight awards run. You can watch the trailer here.

  Christine is based on a true story about an anchorwoman named Christine Chubbuck who tragically committed suicide while on the air. Voters do love it when actors portray real people but Best Actress is looking super competitive at the moment with names like Emma Stone, Amy Adams, and now Natalie Portman entering the fray. Although judging from the trailer, it looks like a strong emotional showcase for Hall and she does have a big Oscar "scene." That's something voters often look for. It's usually when an actor gives a big monologue or a hysterical plate breaking or crying scene and Hall looks like she has that.

  Regardless of its awards chances, I think it looks like a great film in general. I like how Rebecca Hall is getting more lead roles that allow her to show what she is made of and I'm a sucker for films set in the 70's. At the very least, Hall could have a "Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back" type run and make it in SAG and possibly the Gothams and Spirit Awards. But I would still see it.

  What do you guys think? Do you think that Rebecca Hall could be a dark horse for Best Actress and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!