April 23, 2014

Oscars: Will Michelle Williams triumph for channeling Marilyn? – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: In Simon Curtis’s “My Week With Marilyn,” we get to see a contemporary icon playing a Hollywood legend.

Michelle Williams, a two-time Oscar nominee, slips effortlessly into the massive shoes of Marilyn Monroe in the prime of her acting career – right before she filmed Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.” We can virtually predict Oscar nomination number three when the nominations come out on Jan. 24.

Williams’ mesmerizing turn as the fragile Monroe is reaping her ample rewards in the awards game. The Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Hollywood Foreign Press, the Independent Spirit Awards, the New York Film Critics Circle and Screen Actors Guild are but a few of the groups who have nominated Williams (or flat-out rewarded her) for her “Week” turn. The Academy is expected to follow their lead.

But Williams’ journey this season began at the Hollywood Film Awards, where she picked up our trophy for Hollywood Actress.

“It is a privilege to honor Michelle Williams for her excellent talent and remarkable career,” said Carlos de Abreu, founder of the Hollywood Film Awards and publisher of HollywoodNews.com.

Can Williams prevail in the Best Actress race? It’s possible. She has been nominated twice before, but has yet to win. Though she is expected to compete against formidable talent in Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Glenn Close, Tilda Swinton and/or Charlize Theron. Or, maybe there’s a wild-card contender waiting in the wings?

But if Michelle makes it to the podium on Oscar night, there’s a good chance her speech will sound something like this:

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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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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