There are some Oscar-worthy performances that I know, empirically, never had a chance to win. Take, for example Rebecca Hall’s work in Christine a few years ago. She’s amazing in that film. She definitely should have been nominated for Best Actress. I knew she wouldn’t though. It’s not the kind of work, or film, that gets acknowledged by the Academy. I have found this year’s equivalent, and it’s Elizabeth Moss’ performance in Her Smell.
To be fair, I have only just seen this film. I had not seen it prior to the nominations, so I couldn’t stump for it. I was looking forward to seeing it, but things get away from you, you miss a movie in theaters (especially a movie that barely got to be in theaters at all), and then you just wait until, say, it’s on HBO. That’s where Her Smell is right now. You should definitely watch it if you want to see a strong, if polarizing performance.
Moss, and this movie, are going to turn some people off. It plays like a horror film in many ways, at least for the first three-fourths of it or so. The erstwhile Mad Men star plays Becky Something, the frontwoman of a grunge-style band called Something She. It feels like, to me, she’s supposed to be Courtney Love if she had Kurt Cobain’s career. When the movie begins, the glory days of Something She are in the past, in part because Becky has completely fallen apart as a human being, and she’s dragging everybody else down with her.