Elizabeth Olsen wins Best Actress at Ghent Film Fest – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Elizabeth Olsen, the breakout star of Sean Durkin’s mysterious Sundance hit “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” won the Best Actress award at the 38th annual Ghent Film Festival, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Olson plays Martha, an impressionable woman who falls under the watchful eye of a charismatic cult leader (John Hawkes), but manages to escape and find solace with her sister (Sarah Paulson) and brother-in-law (Hugh Dancy). But how safe is she? We’re never 100% sure.

In the lengthy lead-up to Oscar nominations, any and all recognition counts, so an award from the Ghent fest helps Olsen’s chances at competing in what is shaping up to be a packed Best Actress field.

Fox Searchlight has been calculating the film’s awards strategy since its Sundance bow. “Martha Marcy” made stops at film fests in Cannes, Toronto, Sydney, San Sebastian, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver and – most recently – New York. It opens in limited release this Friday, Oct. 21, before going wider later this year.

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