Yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences placed nomination ballots in the mail to be delivered to the voting body of 5,783 members, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This means that the majority of Academy members will be receiving them today and the remainder will receive them throughout the end of this week. They then have until January 13 to submit their completed nomination ballots.
In the miniscule chance that any voting member of the Academy happens to follow Film Misery, I would like to invite any reader to post their own For Your Consideration ad for a particular category. Make your case in the comments for why the particular film or performance that you favor should be written down on an Academy member’s ballot and submitted.
I will begin with my own.
Dear Anonymous Academy Member,
Please consider Juliette Binoche in the Best Actress category for her radiant performance in Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. The film earned much of its buzz last year during the Cannes Film Festival, but it did not reach theatres in the U.S. until 2011 so it is technically eligible in any category. However, a nomination for La Binoche would be a more than satisfactory way to recognize the fantastic film.
Juliette Binoche’s performance was remarkable on many levels. She managed to challenge the audience’s perception of reality with complete commitment to the game she creates for the two main characters in the film. She drives all of the action and is almost solely responsible for the state of wonderment/befuddlement that the audience is meant to experience when the central relationship changes.
I also know how you Academy folk like to recognize performers for their body of work as much as an individual performance. Consider that it has been 10 years since Juliette Binoche was last nominated for an Oscar and in that span she has been remarkable in Cache, Summer Hours, and Breaking and Entering in addition to Certified Copy.
With all of this in mind I beg that you consider Juliette Binoche for Best Actress when you fill out your ballot over the next several days.
Your turn. Let’s hear your best arguments.