‘Bombshell’: Charlize Theron & Margot Robbie Are An Oscar Revelation

The Playlist | 10/14/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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Why were Diane Lane, Andie MacDowell, Cara Delevingne and Gloria Allred at the Pacific Design Center theater in West Hollywood on Sunday evening? Those AMPAS and SAG members were on hand along with numerous industry dignataries and members of the media for the first “public” screening of Jay Roach’s “Bombshell.” And, yes, the movie’s title is more than appropriate not only for the subject matter but a trio of performances that more than live up to the hype.

Official reviews are currently being embargoed until December (we’ll see how long that lasts), but we can certainly confirm the film chronicles the fall of Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) from his once lofty perch at the top of Fox News. Charles Randolph‘s screenplay is mostly told from the perspectives of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) and fictional segment producer Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) before exploring the firecracker of events following a sexual harrassment lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman). A series of events that set the stage for Harvey Weinstein’s fall a little over a year later and the beginning of the #MeToo movement.

Awards - Season - Theron - Turn - Kelly

From an awards season perspective one cannot exaggerate how incedible Theron’s turn as Kelly truly is. Not only does she look hauntingly like Kelly at times, but her performance is grounded with a vocal similiarity that is simply a marvel to experience. It’s not even close to mimicry or some sort of an impression. Hours later we admit we’re still awestruck by her achievement. Moreover, Theron is a lock to earn a Best Actress nomination and in any other year, she’d be a massive frontrunner to win. That being said, it’s the middle of October and AMPAS already appears head over heals for Renee Zellweger’s transformation into Judy Garland in the indie hit “Judy.” We’d argue what...
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