Best Supporting Actress contender Kirsten Dunst looks fantastic with the cast of The Power of the Dog at the AFI Fest premiere and introduction on November 12, 2021


Dear gossip,

The power of the dog screened last night at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. The entire cast and Jane Campion showed up, including Kirsten Dunst, contestant for Best Supporting Actress, and Benedict Cumberbatch, contestant for Best Actor. So far, Kiki’s campaign has been about finding great places and showing his fantastic home. Bendy Cucumber’s campaign, however, has taken an expected turn: he is telling us how he SUFFERED for his art. In this case, he got nicotine poisoning three times from smoking so much on set. He also did not wash and did not respond to his name. We’ll see how his method campaign turns out when Will Smith brings the charm offensive into full swing next week.

As for Dunst, she still has a good chance in the race for Best Supporting Actress, but Ann Dowd and Judi Dench are in the fray, and Catriona Balfe is catching up, thanks to the strength of BelfastIt is showing so far. It is a crowd pleaser in a way that Dog a lot is not, so when it comes to positive vibes, Balfe has an edge. But lurking ready to take over is recently Emmy nominated Aunjanue Ellis, who is getting a boost from the Santa Barbara Film Festival, a major milestone in the election campaign – she will. share the award of actor of the year with Will Smith. This is why it is too early to start calling favorites. It’s clear Dunst has a good chance of getting a nomination, but this year is so competitive, every single change in momentum matters. For example, the Palm Springs Film Festival, another big stop on the circuit, isn’t until January, and anyone who celebrates will benefit from being closer to the actual nomination period.

However, whatever results you get, I appreciate Dunst’s discreet approach to the election campaign. He’s out there, he shows up, but at least he doesn’t tell us how he wouldn’t respond to his own name. I understand why actors want to be named after their characters, but I also understand that there are dozens, even hundreds, of people on a movie set just trying to do their damn job. It’s not always about the actor, you know? Everyone has enough to move on without having to remember whether the star is using their name or not. You know they are talking to you, listen to what the PA has to say and let them continue their work. Not everything has to be an exercise in method.

And now a shameless self-promotion. I’m a programmer for the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which opens tonight with The power of the dog on the ladder. If you are in the Chicago area, you can purchase tickets here.

Live long and gossip,

Will be


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