What better way to finish the voting season with blogs about wonderfully talented movie actresses. My colleague spoke about the rise to fame of Mila Kunis, and it is up to me to contribute a piece about the stellar career of another one of your favorites. And in the spirit of Hanukkah, I will shine some light on the career of New York City native and Jewish actress Scarlett Johansson.
Long before she was kicking butt and taking names in The Avengers and Iron Man 2, the beautiful the beautiful starlet..er.. Scarlettt, was fighting for relevance in Hollywood. Unlike the likes of Drew Barrymore and Neil Patrick Harris who were born in the spotlight with E.T. and Doogie Howser, M.D., the young actress had a series of forgettable roles in her formidable Hollywood years. From My Brother the Pig and If Lucy Fell, to Home Alone 3 and The Horse Whisperer, it was definitely not the start the budding beauty from Greenwich Village could have hoped for. But just like the rest of the world, Scarlett must have been singing the ‘N Sync hit “I’ts Gonna Be Me” in 2001, because “This I Promise You” was her year to shine.
Alongside acting legend Steve Buscemi, the 2001 Oscar nominated film Ghost World gave her some much needed attention. That year she won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and took home the Online Film Critics award in the same category. While I had not seen Ghost World until recently, I certainly understand why she started creating a buzz among some big name directors.. And then came, Lost in Translation.
Bill Murray is brilliant, the directing is sensational, and Scarlett performs beautifully. Watching alongside one of my closest friends at the famous Ziegfeld Theater, we turned to each other as the credits rolled and without provocation said, “the blonde is gonna be a star.” Of course, with our blessing, Scarlett received 2 Golden Globe nominations that year. One for Lost in Translation, and the other for Girl with The Pearl Earring.
From then on, the almost forgotten actress burst onto the A-list scene. She linked up with Woody Allen for three films, Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, played the female lead in the Oscar nominated Christopher Nolan film, The Prestige, and along the way, did a tiny film called Iron Man 2.
Her smile is unmistakable, her singing voice ain’t too bad either, and we all know the chemistry she brings to the screen is palpable. It is no surprise why you the fans chose her and Jeremy Renner as nominees for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry. Forget that whole drama with Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett and Jeremy would be a perfect couple. Here’s to hoping
If you still have any doubts about Scarlett’s talents, I urge you to watch her excellent portrayal of Janet Leigh in Hitchcock. Ignore the reviews and see it for yourself – you won’t be disappointed. If that still isn’t enough, and you just don’t have enough time during the busy holiday season, fear not. She will star in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, due out this year, and will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. It is still unclear who her love interests will be, but it is safe to say, sparks will be flying no matter who she is paired with.
Don’t forget to keep voting through the first hour of the show on January 9th, 2013, and get ready for some surprises.
Lost in Translation
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
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