Jessie Buckley’s journey from talent show to Oscar
Fourteen years ago, Jessie Buckley sang for her supper on a TV talent show – last night she celebrated her first Oscar nomination.
The 32-year-old London-based Irish star was nominated for an Oscar when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Netflix movie The Lost Daughter.
The ceremony in Hollywood next month will be the next step on the road to success that began for her for several weeks in 2008, when viewers were glued to their sets after her progression to the finale of I’d Do Anything, the hunt to a singer to play the role of Nancy in a West End production of the musical Oliver!
Miss Buckley was then a finalist and hopes to do better at the Oscars, where 29 Britons have been nominated.
Last night, before appearing at the Kit Kat Club in London in Cabaret opposite former Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, she said: ‘I’m completely in shock! The Lost Daughter is so special to me. To be recognized for anything related to it is just a wild dream come true.
Yesterday’s nominations were dominated by films from streaming services compared to their traditional cinema rivals. Netflix had 27 nominations in total, making it the most successful studio.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s gothic western The Power Of The Dog, also on Netflix, won the most with 12, while sci-fi extravaganza Dune came second with ten.
Sir Kenneth Branagh’s heartfelt semi-biographical picture Belfast earned seven nominations, with Best Director Branagh breaking an Oscar record for receiving seven nominations in seven different categories throughout his career.
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He said last night: ‘Today I think of my mum, my dad and my grandparents – how proud they were to be Irish, how much this town meant to them. They would have been overwhelmed by this incredible honor – just like me.
Miss Buckley’s rivals for supporting actress are a formidable group, including Dame Judi Dench, 87, vying to play grandmother in Belfast. She’s been nominated seven times before, winning in the same category in 1999 for Shakespeare In Love.
If Dame Judi wins, she will become the oldest actor to win an Oscar, taking the title from Sir Anthony Hopkins, who won last year at the age of 83.
There’s also strong competition from Ariana DeBose on West Side Story; Kirsten Dunst in The Power Of The Dog and Aunjanue Ellis in the story of the Williams tennis sisters, King Richard.
Awards favorite, already Oscar-winning Olivia Colman, was back after being nominated in the Best Actress category for playing the older version of the Buckley’s Lost Daughter character.
In some ways, yesterday’s Hollywood announcement was a case of what the Baftas give, the Oscars take away.
As far as best cast composition goes, anyway. The Baftas picked Lady Gaga, Emilia Jones, Joanna Scanlan, Renate Reinsve and Tessa Thompson for the Best Actress section, but the Academy members opted for Jessica Chastain (The Eyes Of Tammy Faye); Miss Colman, Penelope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos) and Kristen Stewart for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the movie Spencer.
Benedict Cumberbatch will take on fellow Brit Andrew Garfield after being named to the Best Actor list for roles in The Power Of The Dog and Tick, Tick…BOOM! respectively. Last night Garfield told Variety: ‘It is deeply moving to be honored and recognized in this way.
The British duo will face Javier Bardem (Being The Ricardos), Will Smith (King Richard) and Denzel Washington for The Tragedy Of Macbeth, the tenth nomination of their career.
Blockbusters such as the James Bond film No Time To Die and Spider-Man: No Way Home failed to crack the top tier of film. The 007 feature picked up three nominations, including Best Song, with rival Marvel picking up just one.
Millions have been spent on an awards campaign for The House Of Gucci with Lady Gaga. He only got one nod – for his hair and makeup.