One of my most anticipated films of the year that’s finally getting released this month is Spike Jonze’s upcoming film about a man who falls in love with his phone’s artificially intelligent operating system called ‘Her’. While making it’s rounds on the festival circuit, it’s been getting quite a bit of buzz thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s performance as Joaquin Phoenix’s OS. She’s even won a few awards for her part in the unorthodox love story, but it looks as if she’ll be ineligible for one of the industry’s biggest awards.Photo credit: ChinellatoPhoto / Shutterstock.com
Despite winning awards at multiple film festivals like Best Actress at the Rome Film Festival, the actress’ voice-only performance disqualifies her from being nominated for a Golden Globe based on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s rules because she doesn’t physically appear in the movie. However, regardless of the huge killjoys at the HFPA, she is still eligible for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards, so WB plans on rallying for nominations for her and the rest of the cast and crew of ‘Her’.
Earlier this year, the Globes also made headlines when they tried to enforce their rather restrictive rules on another film. Without an actual rule in place, the organization tried to ban the Swiss documentary ‘More Than Honey’ from the Best Foreign Language Film category because of the fact that it’s a documentary. When confronted with the evidence that there was no rule in their books to warrant a disqualification, they instituted a new rule to ensure that documentaries are excluded from the category in the future.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to see the movie yet, I’ve heard nothing but good things about ScarJo’s performance and the movie as a whole. Plus, everything that I’ve seen of it seems to paint the actress (or, should I say, her voice) in a very positive light. Regardless, she put in the work for the film and I feel as if she should be recognized for the achievement if she was actually nominated.
Do you think that Scarlett Johansson’s performance in ‘Her’ should be eligible for the Golden Globes, especially if it’s allowed to be in the running for the Oscars? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comment section.
‘Her’ starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara hits theaters on December 18, 2013.
Source: The Wrap