Jessica Chastainnods as Faye Baker’s ThemeEyes of Tammy FayeMarks her third Oscar nomination, but she says this season is a bit of a refreshing experience. That’s because the award is no longer overshadowed by some of the campaign’s ugly tactics, such as Harvey Weinstein, a disgraced studio manager convicted in 2020 of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault (whom Chastain doesn’t name).
In this episode the Variety Awards Podcast Awards Circuit, we talk to Chastain about “The Eyes of Theme Faye” and her approach to portraying a controversial TV evangelist. She reveals what lies ahead through future film roles, including the role of Theme Vinnett in the upcoming limited series George and Theme, Tobias Lindholm’s The Good Nurse and Marshall Terber’s Rowson’s Separation. The actor also talks about his friendship with Juilliard classmate Oscar Isaac, with whom she worked in several films and TV projects.
Chastain received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2012 film Zero Dark Thirty, as well as a nomination for Best Picture. Recalling the slanderous campaign and the controversy surrounding Catherine Bigelow’s film, Chastain sees that more positive methods are being used this time.
“Listen, the one who-won’t-be-named has really changed the awards season,” she says. “Today I don’t see it as I saw it when I first came on stage. If the film had had a lot of attention, all of a sudden all these negative articles about it would have appeared. I believe that the one-who-will-not-be called is the inspirer of such a campaign. Thank God our industry is moving towards a healthier environment and now we are celebrating more. We’re not trying to knock someone off their feet because it’s competition. Now we have moved to a much happier place. “
After a worldwide tribute at the Toronto International Film Festival, Michael Shawolter’s drama “Eyes of Theme Faye” from Searchlight Pictures brought Chastain back to the Oscars. The film, which echoes previous Oscar hugs such as “Me, Tonya,” has made the 44-year-old actress and producer a true contender.
Chastain’s previous Oscar nominations were supporting actresses in “Help” (2011) and this lead actress for “Dark Thirty” (2012). She is also one of the producers of “Tammy Faye” along with Kelly Carmichael, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane. While “Tammy Faye” could cause more divisions with critics and voter awards, its friendly, hilarious twist may appeal to those Academy members who tend to fall in love with pompous and transformational performances, regardless of critics.
Oscar voters have always loved to see actors whose stunning physical transformations occur after countless hours in a makeup chair. Also the film is nominated for best makeup and hairstyle.
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