Every once in a blue moon, a hunch of mine seems to pay off. A few times over the past month or so, I’ve listed Jackie as a dark horse Academy Award contender across the board, and not just for Natalie Portman’s turn as the former First Lady. It has a chance to go real far, something that the festival reviews so far have confirmed. Now, they also claim that it’s a little on the unusual side, which makes certain honors harder, but Portman in Best Actress seems like a likely occurrence at least. With Fox Searchlight having acquired it and officially dated it for a December release, it’s in the running, no doubt about that. The question is just how far it can go? Tomorrow when I drop new Oscar predictions, you’ll get a sense, but until then, we can discuss a bit now.
The film is a glimpse into a few haunting days in the life of Jackie Kennedy (Portman). Following the tragic assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson), the First Lady fights through grief and trauma in order to comfort her children, while also defining her husband’s historic legacy. A famous tour of the White House is depicted, along with an interview of some note. Pablo Larraín directs an already award winning script from Noah Oppenheim, while there’s a large ensemble cast on display. Just a sample includes Max Casella, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt, Peter Sarsgaard, along with many others. Filmmaker in his own right Darren Aronofsky is one of the producers, having originally intended to make the project himself. Cinematography is from Stéphane Fontaine, while Mica Levi provides a score that has gotten a lot of attention.
So far, reviews have been glowing. Especially gushing praise has been given to Portman’s performance in the title role, Larraín’s direction, Oppenheim’s script, and Levi’s score. Some have even spoken of Portman as the one to beat in Best Actress. That might be a bit too presumptuous, but it seems highly likely that she’s be in the top tier of the category. It sounds like a captivating film and one I can’t wait to see, as I’ve been anticipating it since Aranofsky was initially involved years ago. The potential for something special has apparently been fulfilled, with Oscar possibly set to come calling.
Awards wise, Jackie is just about a lock in one […]