Andrea Riseborough, star of “To Leslie,” was among the many breakout contenders in Tuesday’s batch of ninety fifth Academy Award nominees. But for individuals who’ve been watching superstar social media accounts, her nod isn’t that shocking.
The English actor, who additionally starred in final yr’s star-studded “Amsterdam” and beforehand in “Mandy,” “Birdman,” “W.E.” and “Nocturnal Animals,” was nominated Tuesday alongside Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Ana de Armas (“Blonde”), Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”).
Riseborough, 41, takes a searing flip because the titular addict who’s attempting to interrupt free from her demons in Michael Morris’ debut movie. She wins the lottery, then burns by means of the cash. “To Leslie” begins seven years after that less-than-fortunate win, when she will get evicted from the motel she’s been residing in.
The indie movie has flown below the radar since premiering in March on the South by Southwest Film Festival and grossed solely $27,000 in its transient theatrical run.
The awards marketing campaign for the underdog movie was a bittersweet, grassroots affair and lasted only some weeks. But a star-studded social media marketing campaign pulled in sufficient huge names — Susan Sarandon, Zooey Deschanel, Melanie Lynskey, Alan Cumming, Rosie O’Donnell, even Howard Stern — who bolstered Riseborough. And it was profitable sufficient to push her to the highest of sufficient Oscar voters’ ballots, launching the movie and its star from obscurity to the largest movie stage on the earth.
Actors who vote rank their fellow actors, and Riseborough will need to have acquired a number of first-place votes to make into the lead actress class on Tuesday. (She additionally earned a Film Independent Spirit Award nod in November for the function and a handful of different nods, however was snubbed when the Screen Actors Guild Awards had been introduced earlier this month.)
But the star had sufficient A-listers with clout in her nook. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow shared on Instagram earlier this month that she caught a screening of “To Leslie,” calling the movie “a masterpiece” and saying that Riseborough “should win every award there is and all the ones that haven’t been invented yet.”
Likewise, Edward Norton went off model by posting a few movie he liked on social media, tweeting, “[F]or those interested in really great acting I’ll share that Andrea Riseborough’s portrayal in ‘To Leslie’ just knocked me sideways. It’s about the most fully committed, emotionally deep, physically harrowing performance I’ve seen in a while. Just raw & utterly devoid of performative BS.”
More stars chimed in after that, together with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Demi Moore, Jamie Lee Curtis and Bradley Whitford, in accordance with a helpful tracker stored by the @FilmUpdates Twitter account. And “Tár” star Blanchett gave Riseborough a shout-out throughout her fiery Critics Choice Awards acceptance speech that took goal on the “patriarchal pyramid.”
And 4 hours earlier than nominations voting closed on Tuesday, six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams led a digital dialog with Riseborough to help the latter’s function within the movie. According to The Times’ Glenn Whipp, the phrase “amazing” was used no less than a dozen occasions — and never with out justification.
“Adams’ support followed a similar event moderated by Kate Winslet, who gushed: ‘You should be up for everything. You should be winning everything. Andrea Riseborough, I think this is the greatest female performance on screen I have ever seen in my life,’” Whipp reported.
Times workers author Glenn Whipp contributed to this report.