Shame star Carey Mulligan in W Magazine.
2011 - Best Supporting Actress
Row 1: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)
Row 2: Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter, The Help, The Tree of Life), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Row 3: Kate Winslet (Carnage), Jodie Foster (Carnage)
Row 4: Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March), Emily Watson (War Horse), Judi Dench (J. Edgar), Naomi Watts (J. Edgar)
Some category placement news -
- Fox Searchlight will campaign Brad Pitt in Best Supporting Actor for The Tree of Life. Jessica Chastain will be in Best Supporting Actress for the same film.
- Fox Searchlight will also mount a campaign for Carey Mulligan in Best Supporting Actress for Shame.
- Barrymore producers hope to get a distribution deal in place so as to run Christopher Plummer in Best Actor for his performance. Plummer is already a contender in Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners.
Interesting tidbit from this Variety article re: US buyers at TIFF -
“Take Steve McQueen’s tale of sexual obsession, “Shame,” produced by See Saw Films, the shingle behind “The King’s Speech.” After the pic’s screenings in Venice and Telluride, U.S. buyers, including Fox Searchlight, the Weinstein Co. and at least two others are circling despite its explicit subject matter. A deal is expected by Saturday.”
Shame makes its debut at Venice today and the first reviews are beginning to surface online. The film marks Steve McQueen’s first since he burst onto the scene in 2007 with the highly acclaimed Hunger. Shame stars Michael Fassbender as a man struggling to keep his sexual addictions in tow when his younger sister, played by Carey Mulligan, comes to stay with him in New York City.
WhatCulture! awarded the film four stars and comments that “the film is a very good drama, with good acting and good storytelling”.
Guy Lodge of InContention tweeted, “SHAME (B+) Script a mite tidy for all the mess it deals with, but McQueen’s breathtaking discipline gives it beef and sway. Cast immaculate.”/”Carey Mulligan, doing her own singing, is the loosest and most exciting she’s yet been on screen. Wonderful Nicole Beharie a new face to me.” Lodge also noted that Harvey Weinstein attended this morning’s screening. An acquisition in the works, perhaps?
Jason Solomons of The Observer tweeted, “McQueen’s Shame tough at 9am but brilliant film about sex and loneliness; beautiful, sad, actors amazing, great music”
Mark Adams of The Mirror tweeted, “Just out of new Steve Mcqueen film Shame here in Venice..excellent - Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan both terrific”
The Guardian is similarly positive with Xan Brooks calling Shame “fluid, rigorous, serious cinema; the best kind of adult movie” and complimenting the “dynamite” performances delivered by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.
The Playlist calls Shame “a powerful, beautifully acted sophomore film” and also praises the performances of its two leads with the critic calling Mulligan “superb” and praising Michael Fassbender’s “tour-de-force” performance.
TimeOut Online gave the film four stars.
Variety calls the film “mesmerizing” and a “more approachable but equally uncompromising” companion piece to Steve McQueen’s previous cinematic venture Hunger. The performances of Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie also garner acclaim.
Kristopher Tapley of InConention tweeted, “Shame is phenomenal. Not quite up to Hunger snuff but an amazing Fassbender perf, a stunning portrait.”
Marlow Stern of Newsweek tweeted, “Wow. Shame is completely f-ing brilliant. Forget the Soderbergh flick, real ‘Magic Mike’ is Fassbender here. #Telluride”
Anne Thompson called it “elegant” and “well-performed”.
Peter Sciretta of /Film was in the minority of critics who didn’t enjoy the film. He tweeted, “Didn’t like Steve McQueen’s Shame. An incredible performance from Fassbender, but the story left more to be desired.”/”Didn’t buy classed down Carey Mulligan. A bit overindulgent in the hardcore sex, shots of Fassbender running, peeing and masterbating.”
More reviews as they come in.