The stories of two key figures in pop culture have crept this year into the Oscar Awards nominations. Baz Luhrmann is behind the Elvis Presley biopic, Elvisone of the 10 best films of the year according to the American Film Institute and with eight Oscar nominations, among them for best film. The other is the story of Marilyn Monroe, bringing to the big screen the story with which the writer Joyce Carol Oates almost won a Pullitzer. Blonde, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2022, is having its protagonist at the center of all nominations.
Ana de Armas she was nominated for best actress by the Chicago Film Critics Association and also at the Golden Globes, and is still waiting for other nominations to be resolved. What if, also the Oscars: It is the hope of Spain to win a statuette. Blonde is directed by Andrew Dominik and his only foray into the Oscars is the one offered by the Spanish-Cuban actress, also nominated for best actress at the BAFTAs.
The script, also by Dominik, is an adaptation of the Oates novel and features a fictional account of American actress that, far from the image of a dumb blonde in which the Hollywood industry wanted to corset her, she was not even a fool’s hair. “she was very intelligent and history shows it with objective data”, pointed out film director Javier Linares, author of a tape with a more personal version of Monroe.
Dominik’s film, which “freely” recreates the private life of the actress “and the price she had to pay for fame” had a brief premiere in Spanish cinemas on September 23to go just a week later to the only platform where you can enjoy it, Netflix. From September 28, 2022 Blonde is included in the price of subscriptions to this service.
Criticism about Blonde has been relatively divided, and today it has a score of 5.5 and 5.7 on IMDb and Filmaffinity, respectively, average scores of about 8,300 and 57,000 users, also respectively. However, what critics do seem to agree on is the role represented by Ana de Armas on the tape. Rotten Tomatoes, for example, has a similar note, but makes it clear that Ana de Armas’ “brilliant performance makes it hard to look away,” even though the film itself “may not be easy to follow,” while “it teeters between commenting on exploitation and contributing to it.”
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