I Think We Can Take Naomi Watts Out of the Running For Best Actress
The reviews for Diana are in and they are TERRIBLE.
[quote]When you think of messy, raw, emotionally available turns Watts is likely to be among the first names that come to mind, in anything from Mulholland Drive to 21 Grams to this year's The Impossible. Watching her here feels almost like an optical illusion, because you simply don't believe that this actress can be giving this performance – it's stilted, overly mannered and bereft of anything human. In trying (understandably) to portray Diana accurately and reverentially, Watts has neglected to portray a person.
[quote]Naomi Watts – who looks utterly, completely and entirely nothing like the real thing – plays Diana who’s reeling from her divorce with Prince Charles and is now fluttering her eyelashes in the direction of a new man.
[quote]Despite a peroxide hair-job, she looks, sounds and acts nothing like the Princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing.
[quote]Naomi Watts gives an intense and volatile performance as the princess. The problem, though, is that she doesn’t really resemble the character she is playing, and the film shifts wildly in tone.
meh British reviews....what do the Americans without Diana worship say?
I can't believe they made this movie. Do they really expect people to pay to see this? I wouldn't even watch this if it were on the Lifetime cable channel
Right now only British press have seen it.
Telegraph - 2 stars
Watts makes a decent fist of playing Diana – she wears the clothes well (especially the glamorous ones) and the hair looks first-rate. But though she replicates Diana’s body language attentively (notably in the re-creation of her famous grilling by Martin Bashir, there’s something missing: the Princess’s wounded, doe-eyed gaze.
Naveen Andrews makes a solid, stubborn Khan, and he’s given nice character touches: a jazz fan, he tells Diana to throw away the rule book and ‘improvise’ her life after the royal family closes ranks against her.
The major problem, predictably, comes with the dialogue, which involves characters telling each other things they already know. “I am a heart surgeon!” declares heart surgeon Khan. On another occasion: “You’re the most famous woman in the world.” Yes, we get it.
Wait until they get a load of 45 year old Nicole Kidman playing 30 year of Grace Kelly. Camp Classic Double Bill.
Sadly I think Naomi Watts knows the movie is shit and regrets her involvement in it. She walked out of a bland radio interview about it and has made other noises about knowing people will have strong reactions to it.
I too feel like this should have been some sort of Lifetime movie and I was disappointed from the get-go that Watts was involved because I like her so much.
So I can cross Kidman and Watts off, now does anybody know of any scandal or financial crimes I can pin on Cate Blanchett?
I gather they didn't make an effort to make Watts appear anywhere near as tall as Diana. Watts is 5'3", Diana was 5'9". Part of Diana's charm was that she was gangly.
Now it seems really dumb of them to have a two-month separation between the release in the UK and the US. Seems like by the time it opens here, it will already have built up such a reputation as a piece of crap that they won't even be able to get in one good opening weekend.
Kidman as Princess Grace is sure to be the real horror show.
Both movies are sure to be shit but Watts and Kidman should have switched places in these two roles.
Watts has the double horror of that awful Adore movie coming out where her and Robin Wright are fucking each other's sons.
Who is picking her scripts?
Jessica Chastain dodged a bullet.
Naomi should've won for "The Impossible."
M, dear, you better get to Judi as well.
Naomi Watts is a good actress but she's a foot too short to play Diana. They must have used a graduate of the Tom Cruise School of Casting.
Judi Dench was involved in 9/11.
"Both movies are sure to be shit but Watts and Kidman should have switched places in these two roles."
I thought Naomi as Diana and Nicole as Grace was bad casting - but that is worse.
The race is shaping up to be: Blanchett, Bullock, Dench, and Adams, with Roberts or Thompson rounding it off.
Fuck you r20 Roberts? Really? Dream on!!!!And Adams?? for what? American Hustle? She's supporting (again)
I gotta believe Melissa McCarthy has a shot with Heat. She'll win the Golden Globe for comedy for sure. Some of the critics groups like to look outside the box too. In a year of heavy serious performances I think she could sneak in as counter-programming. And she's Hollywood's most bankable female star.
They nominated her for Bridesmaids and her acting wasn't really any different in The Heat. So, no.
Kate Muir - The Times
[quote]"There are a number of lines you never, ever want to hear Diana, Princess of Wales say, and they include: 'I love feeling your hand there', and 'Yes, I've been a mad bitch'. Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive."
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail
[quote]"The trouble is that in being so careful and eager not to offend, the film is a more than a little tedious, with a lightweight, romantic storyline that fails to surprise, let alone sustain a movie that lasts nearly two hours. It has the slightness of a Barbara Cartland novella, but the love affair is treated with ponderous solemnity, as though it were another Gone With The Wind. It's slow and terribly, terribly dull."
I can't wait for the campy future "Nicomi" screenings of Diana and Princess Grace.
[quote]delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts
I refuse to take seriously the opinion of someone who would write that.
All of the opinions say the same thing. It sucks.
I'm laughing how everybody predicted she'd be nominated for this piece of shit Lifetime movie.
Too bad. I thought Watts was a very likeable, vivid presence in King Kong, with a perfect American accent.
To be fair, Helen Mirren as the Queen was equally ludicrous casting but it made up for it with a solid script and good direction.
R20 I doubt Bullock will get a nomination.
R30, why was Mirren ludicrous casting? She didn't particularly look like her but so what? The ridiculous casting in The Queen was Sylvia Syms as the Queen Mother. The actress has been good in some roles but regal she ain't.
And Bullock is a shoo-in for an Oscar for Gravity. Pay attention.
Sylvia Sims was fucking brilliant in The Queen. All she had to do was shake her whisky glass around and watch TV.
You doubt Bullock will get a nomination? Then I doubt you have seen the reviews. If she can win for The Blind Side (which was weird) she can certainly get a nomination for what looks to be the best reviewed movie of the year in which she is getting career-best raves.
Having said that, I think if there's a better or more awarded performance than Blanchett's this year, it will be a big surprise.
Sylvia Syms looked exactly like what I imagine J. Edgar Hoover looked like in drag in "The Queen: - a squat little pug dog all gussied up.
Awardscircuit has Adams running as lead.
Brittney Spears would have been the spot-on choice for Diana.
R27, 'fragrant' has been a joke in the UK since Justice Caulfield said in court of Mary Archer, "Is she not fragrant?" in 1987.
She's not being terribly serious.
R34 Syms and Mirren should have switched roles.
She was miscast in King Kong. She was too old at the time for that role. ANd she didn't do much acting in The Impossible..her character was half out of it for a lot of the movie, and the rest of it she just grimaced and looked beat up.
[quote]Kidman as Princess Grace is sure to be the real horror show.
You are right. Nicole should have played Princess Grace post car accident.
[quote]She was miscast in King Kong. She was too old at the time for that role.
I agree. She couldn't pass for an ingenue no matter how hard she tried. It was embarrassing to watch.
I hope Mr. Watts is bringing home a good paycheck these days. He may need to be the breadwinner in this family at this rate.
A friend of mine saw Gravity last night. He said Bullock's a lock. How odd is that? Cate will win, but Bullock, a lock for a nom? Strange days indeed.
I wonder if Grace of Monaco will be a similar disaster.
Trailer looks awful!
As good as she was, Watts was also a decade too old for the ingénue she played in "Mulholland Drive," as was her co-star Laura Herring.
Oh please, R4. It's the Americans who have the "Diana worship." The Brits are the ones just putting on a show - you're the ones buying it. Why else do you think we keep the royals?
Watts was appallingly miscast. We all know the part of Diana should have been played by Nastascha McElhone.
From the very beginning I thought she looked nothing like Diana. They made her look like Tina Brown instead. Maybe if they make a movie about Tina they should cast Naomi.
It seems like Naomi and Nicole are on parallel career trajectories.
Naomi drops out of Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell biopic, Queen of the Desert, and Nicole steps in.
I'm sorry but I totally agree with r5. Is anyone, anywhere really going to give enough of a shit to pay to see this?
I don't think so!
I have to interject here. The director of 'Diana' is German. What we found so spectacular in his 'Downfall', the way that Germans talk and generate an atmosphere may not necessarily have translated well to a British sensibility. I think people are uncomfortable with 'Diana' because of a profound lack of Britishness. The lines quoted are emotionally driven and we know how uncomfortable British middle class audiences get when something isn't done in a satirical way. They can't take something straight. It's not in their nature. 'Diana' needed a maverick director such as a Werner Herzog who does not have the language barrier problem of his German peers and would have turned the sub par script into something watchable.
The only people who should've been allowed to make a Diana film were Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan.
I never even liked that film Downfall. It just went on and on and on...it was like a parody of the Third Reich. It shouldn't come as any surprise that this Diana film isn't credibly, certainly not with this German director directing English speaking actors. He obviously has no ear for dialogue.
Diana Princess of Wales should have been played by veteran indie stalwart Lili Taylor.
R46, this isn't open season on Naomi Watts. You can't knock her performance in Mulholland Drive. And whatever your thoughts, I would remind you of the film's dreamlike nature and subtext of desperation and loss. You can't say she looked too old to play an ingenue without recognising that may have been the point.