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Michelle Williams at NYC “Marilyn” premiere – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michelle Williams and Eddie Redmayne walked the red carpet Sunday night at the New York Film Festival on behalf of Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn.” And as patrons attended the film’s world premiere and East Coast gala, reviews for the Oscar hopeful started hitting the Internet, with plenty of praise being heaped on Williams for her portrayal of silver screen legend Marilyn Monroe.

“The luminous Michelle Williams gives a layered performance that goes beyond impersonation in My Week With Marilyn. Playing both the damaged, insecure woman and the sensual celebrity construct, as well as the role with which Marilyn Monroe was struggling during a particularly difficult shoot, Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood’s most enduring and tragic icons,” writes David Rooney for THR.

“Not that you’re surprised, but Williams is perfection as Ms. Monroe. She nails the nuance and subtlety of the role — which really requires three different personalities: the public Marilyn Monroe, the private Marilyn Monroe and the part in ‘The Princess and the Showgirl,'” Christopher Rosen writes for Moviefone.

“Williams is the least showy aspect of the film, an astonishing fact since so many portrayals of Monroe border on cartoon,” he continues. “You can tell the work she put into this performance: not just with the voice, mannerisms and attitude, but with the eyes. Williams draws you into Monroe’s wounded soul slowly, carefully and deliberately. It’s really too early to discuss Oscar locks and frontrunners — not that we haven’t already — but it seems highly probable that Williams will be on the short-list of Best Actress contenders come next February.”

Others not so impressed made comparisons to “The King’s Speech,” though given the fact that that film won the Oscar for Best Picture last year has me scratching my head wondering how that could be perceived as a negative slight.

Williams, meanwhile, will begin her march toward yet another Oscar nomination by picking up the Hollywood Actress Awards at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, in Beverly Hills.

Until then, here are photos of Williams and Redmayne from last night’s red carpet premiere. “My Week With Marilyn” will be in theatres on Nov. 4.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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