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Charlize Theron walked on stage before a screening of “Bombshell” at the Pacific Design Center on Sunday night and announced to the crowd, “I’m about to s— myself.”
The Oscar winner had good reason to be nervous. The screening of the Jay Roach-directed drama about the fall of Fox News boss Roger Ailes was the first time most members of the press were going to see the movie.
Theron - Stars - Megyn - Kelly - Allegations
Theron stars as Megyn Kelly as she contemplates going public with allegations that she was sexually harassed by Ailes. Nicole Kidman portrays Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes set off that chain of events that eventually lead to him being pushed out of Fox by Rupert Murdoch. Rounding out the cast are John Lithgow as Ailes and Margot Robbie, a fictional producer based on several woman who were harassed by Ailes.
It turns out that Theron had nothing to worry about. The film — particularly Theron’s uncanny physical and vocal transformation — was enthusiastically received by the crowd. Up until Sunday, it seemed like Renée Zellweger was going to sail through awards season picking up one honor after another before taking home her second Academy Award in February.
Theron - Competition - Zellweger - Others - Mix
However, Theron could be serious competition for Zellweger. Others in the mix for lead actress include Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) and Awkwafina (“The Farewell). Saoirse Ronan has buzz for “Little Women,” but Sony has only screened it for very few people.
Kidman could end up with a supporting actress nomination. While Robbie’s work was praised and may land her a supporting actress nomination, she may have trouble gaining traction because voters may not empathize with her character because she is not real like Kelly and Carlson.
Lithgow - Actor - Nom - Hard
Lithgow could easily pick up a supporting actor nom. Hard to...
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