Jennifer & Joy

It’s awards season once again! And for the third year in a row, Jennifer Lawrence is nominated on the awards circuit for her work in a David O. Russell film!

You know what definitely doesn't get an award? That fake ass snow!

You know what definitely doesn’t get an award? That fake ass snow!

For those of you keeping track at home, Jennifer won the Critics Choice, SAG award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, plus the BAFTA and Golden Globe for American Hustle last year. Those weren’t even her first big nominations, of course. She was nominated for the Oscar for Winter’s Bone in 2011, before she signed on for The Hunger Games.

It was absolutely no surprise to us that Jennifer was nominated once again for her latest, Joy. It’s become really hip to say she’s overrated these days, but that is PURE MELLARKY (See what we did there?! We’re proud.) The girl has more natural acting talent than some actors muster over a decades-long career. She’s acted the hell out of everything we’ve ever seen her in and we have no doubt that she’s great in Joy.

But here’s the kicker this time around: In early reviews, Joy is not doing too hot.

We try not to give too much credence to critics. There are just far too many snobs out there who hate just about anything, especially if its popular, because it distract too much from ~*~the art~*~. Like The Hunger Games or David O. Russell movies or Jennifer Lawrence or what have you! But many of the reviews we’ve seen seem pretty similar: They essentially say Jennifer acts the hell out of what she has to work with, but the script doesn’t offer much originality or do the story justice.

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

Tough lady wields a shotgun trope!

It’s definitely something we’re having trouble reconciling. Joy has a significantly worse score on Rotten Tomatoes than Mockingjay Part 2– which got a hefty chunk of critical hate– and it was still nominated in the Best Musical Or Comedy category. And generally, even if an actor is superb, they don’t often get nominated for films that aren’t critically-acclaimed on the whole. Perhaps its just one of those rare cases were the film appeals to the Hollywood Foreign Press, but not necessarily the industry of professional critique on the whole? Or is David O. Russell still somehow riding the perks of his last two successes? It’s hard to know!

One thing is sure: We’re going to have to figure this mystery when Joy hits theaters in a couple weeks!

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4 comments

  1. Other option is that:
    Could the critics be nitpicking over David O’Russel since he had 3 successful films with the academy?
    Disconsidering the critics a lot of people, loved the movie even said it was O’Russel best movie since three kings. So I will make up my mind one I see it…

  2. I think this will be one of those cases where the early buzz and the name-checking helped the movie with the HFPA, but that won’t necessarily translate to further award success once everyone has seen it. Plus the Academy is generally more resistant towards female-led movies… Who knows why… It’s all a big mystery…..

    Of course, even if the movie doesn’t fall through, Jennifer could still get in (despite the so-so reviews the movie is probably still gonna be seen by a lot of Academy members), but the category is actually really competitive this year. Especially if Rooney Mara gets bumped up to lead for Carol, even though she was campaigned in supporting. The SAG nominations could be an indication for a potential snub, but they also haven’t seen Joy in time (same with The Hateful Eight, and The Revenant to some extent, and yet DiCaprio still got in for that). It’s all a bit of a clusterfuck awards-race wise right now.

    I have faith in the movie though, and I want to do it well box office-wise, because eff Hollywood and its terrible ratio of female-led movies, but I also don’t buy DOR as an amazing writer when it comes to female characters, so this should be interesting.

    1. Also, let’s not forget that the HFPA has its own categories for “comedies”, so it really would’ve been an enormous surprise if Joy and Jennifer couldn’t have made it in there.

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