Monday, September 28, 2015

So, this is 47...


Naomi Watts turns 47 today.  Not only is she jaw-dropping in her absolute beauty, but she's one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today, and she only gets better and better.  The reality that this woman has yet to win an Oscar is shame enough, but the fact that she's only been nominated TWICE in her incredible career is probably the bigger shame.  In this disgusting day and age where women not named Streep fail to maintain their careers past 50, it's strange to think that time may be running out for this thespian to attain the highest of acting honors, but her youthful beauty and undeniable range may (hopefully) work in her favor.

So, while Oscar has so unjustly shunned her in the past, let's take a few minutes to bask in her talents and remember her best work!








UGH, and there are so many more...these are just the performances that I would have personally nominated her for.  Her brilliance knows no bounds and her talent should be appreciated and adored by all.  

Bask...BASK!!!

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  1. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan, she's a decent actress but rarely moves me as others do. Maybe it's because several of the films she's the most acclaimed for, Mulholland Dr., 21 Grams, are movies I didn't care for. However she has given two performances that I've really admired, The Impossible and especially The Painted Veil, loved her in that.

    As far as winning an Oscar unless Julianne Moore has set a new precedent for actresses in their 50's to win the award...doubtful since there was a 60 year gap between Shirley Booth and she Naomi is going to have to wait another decade to get back into serious contention. At least she has two nominations many excellent performers, look at poor Charlotte Rampling!, have gone their whole careers without a single one.

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    1. Boo!!!!

      But, I'm glad you're a fan of her Painted Veil performance. It's such a tremendous emotional achievement and one of those beautiful moments where an performance actually completes a 180 and shows every shade of a human in such a natural and compelling way.

      And I agree...she's probably looking at no Oscar win, unless she gets a real juicy supporting role somewhere.

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    2. Have you ever seen either of the other two versions of The Painted Veil? There was one in the 30's that starred Greta Garbo and Herbert Marshall under the original name and a remake in the 50's with Eleanor Parker and George Sanders titled The Seventh Sin. Both are hemmed in by the production code and I thought the 30's version despite Garbo was slow going but quite liked the Eleanor Parker film though its reputation isn't as good as the earlier.

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    3. I've seen Garbo's film, and while I thought she was very good, the film felt like half a film...like a series of events with no real meat. It pales in comparison to the 06 film.

      I haven't seen Parker's film.

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  2. My second favorite actress right now (right behind my dear Marion). Ah, love Naomi Watts.

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    1. Marion is most certainly #1...not only the most talented, but also the most interesting, varied and beautiful actress working today.

      But Naomi is so criminally underrated. Glad that you adore her too!

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  3. I love that scene in I Heart Huckabee's. Naomi Watts needs an Oscar.... now!!!! Plus, I really think she and Nicole Kidman need to do a film together. Maybe a comedy like The Big Lebowski or something.

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  4. I saw her two days in a row at TIFF - for Demolition, and of course About Ray and she's great it both. Love the Huckabees mention - one of my favourite movies that goes unnoticed so often.

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    1. I Heart Huckabees is easily my favorite Russell film. He needs to get back to that.

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  5. I love her so much. I have no idea how she didn't get an Oscar nomination for Mulholland Dr. I've always been in awe of her, but she was memorizing in that film. That audition scene. Holy. Shit.

    I have to give her props for King Kong too, acting opposite the green screen for most of that film is impressive.

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    1. She's quite incredible in King Kong, and I was going to note her there too, but really...there are SO MANY great performances by her that if I listed them all...well...I might as well just post a link to her IMDB page :-P

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  6. Not the biggest fan of her, perhaps because I'm a bit under-informed on her career. I've seen 9 or 10 of her movies, but not the ones most consider her best work. Well, I have seen Mulholland Drive, but I'm not too keen on that movie, at all. I have liked her in everything else I've seen her in, but haven't really loved her in anything except for Birdman, and King Kong. She doesn't get near enough credit for what she did in the latter.

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    1. Wendell!!! I just can't with this not loving Naomi Watts stuff. LOL. She's a deity! See The Painted Veil! See We Don't Live Here Anymore (which I would have posted above if I could have found a video for it)! See I Heart Huckabees! See Mother and Child! UGH!!!

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  7. What the Hell is going on here? I love Watts sooooo much, I didn't think there were this many people wandering the globe that felt differently. I haven't seen many of her heavy hitters, but good God, her performance in The Impossible has the ability to ABSOLUTELY DESTROY me at the drop of a hat.

    You know what? I don't even want to talk about it. I got something in my eye...

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    1. Dude, The Impossible...well, I've said it all here:

      http://afistfuloffilms.blogspot.com/2013/04/fuck-you-im-crying.html

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  8. I loved her in The Impossible and thought she should have won something for such a role. She was also excellent in King Kong and even The Ring which I still can't watch again-too scary. She was also great in St. Vincent. I have a feeling she will just get better and better.

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    1. I'm glad you mentioned The Ring. All too often, performances in horror films get forgotten or dismissed as 'genre', but she gives a very nuanced and realized performance in that film.

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  9. I love her, she's always so interesting to watch. I can't believe she's already 47! Still so stunning.

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    1. I honestly thought IMDB had made a mistake when I first saw it. I mean, she's absolutely breathtaking...still looks in her 30's!

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  10. I like her more often than I love her, but when she's on, she's really ON. "FUCKABEE'S!!"

    And her work in The Impossible.... the movie is so perfectly devastating and a technical triumph, but she and Ewan McGregor add such a tremendous amount of humanity to it. I love her most for making me endure that tsunami with her.

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    1. Yeah, I hate all the haters for that performance. She gave such honest, human depth to it.

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  11. F**k She's about my age, and she looks that good? :-P

    Seriously, great post! I love her too -- she is incredibly versatile and talented.

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  12. She's one of the best. I agree that she looks wonderful for her age and I love that she is still killing it on screen. Yet I still find it quite tragic that people like Octavia Spencer, Roberto Benigni, and even Nicolas Cage have Oscars while people like Naomi Watts, who always knocks it out of the park, have nada. I think she should've won for Mulholland Dr.. I mean, that audition scene along was a masterclass.

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    1. Her performance in Mulholland Drive is one for the ages.

      Don't remind me of the likes of Spencer and Benigni stealing Oscars from Edward Norton (or Ian McKellen) and the un-nominated Carey Mulligan!

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  13. Hey Drew! Just got back from vacation, nice to get away from social media once in a while :D

    WOW she is almost 50?! Incredible! She's gorgeous and amazing that her body still looks like she's about 27! I love a lot of her performances you highlighted here, esp in The Painted Veil which I think is such an underrated drama.

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    1. Yes, it is nice to detox from the world of social media for a while. Hope you had a great vacation!

      And yes, she's stunning and just amazing!

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  14. She's my favorite working actress, LOVE your choices (I'd ad King Kong), why she doesn't have an Oscar yet?

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    1. Apparently, she's too good for Oscar.

      :-D

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  15. Her work in Mulholland Dr is still my fav performance of all time but she does occasionally just cash in the paycheck and gives zero effort - ekhem....International, was it? And a bunch of others I don't even remember. A shame because when she is in the good material - 21 Grams, MD, The Impossible - she is fantastic

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    1. Yeah, she's cashed a few paychecks, but honestly it's hard to find an actor/actress who hasn't. But, like you said, when she gets the right material (and she has quite a bit), she's fantastic.

      I'm hoping Demolition and About Ray weren't paychecks.

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  16. Naomi Watts is still riding that wave from when she got noticed in Mulholland Dr. Even at 47, with her looks and talent she can keep going for a few more years! Another movie she was good in that hasn't been mentioned is Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (2007).

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    1. Yeah, she was good there, but I felt like her character was almost so subtle she was completely overtaken by the flash or Viggo and Cronenberg.

      But I'm happy to have her ride that way for many years to come.

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  17. She's 47? Wow, I thought she was younger. I only nominate for the first three films (and The Impossible), but she's so great. Shamefully underrated, no doubt.

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  18. She's gorgeous. I wish I could see more of this lovely woman. It's disgusting to me that 38 seems to be age when roles start dropping for women. Thirty seven year old Maggie Gyllenhaal was denied a role because she was too old for a 55 year old actor (who I believe now is likely Colin Firth). I was just watching a trailer for the new Spielberg movie with Tom Hanks (whom I adore). I think Hanks is something like 59 years old. Whereas the woman who plays his wife in the movie is like Naomi's age. Most of us are married to people who are very similar to our age. My husband is only 3 years older than I am. And that is the case for the vast majority of marriages. So I wonder why the women are always so much younger than the leading man? Surely they could have gotten a beautiful actress in her 50s? I would have to have seen Kathleen Quinlan and Hanks reunite!

    Geez, I can go on and on, on this subject.

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    1. Ageism and sexism in Hollywood is disgusting. My wife is literally (to the day) one month younger than me.

      It's not like Tom Hanks looks 30.

      And Maggie Gyllenhaal is a TEN...like...so beautiful, and much more talented and attractive than Firth...so refusing that pairing seems ridiculous.

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