“I can’t believe it”: the surprise of an Oscar-nominated actress for a cheap and low-grossing film

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was the pair of Andrew Riseboroughwith tears in his eyes, who communicated the news to her: it had been nominated for her first Academy Award, for Best Actressfor her portrayal of a troubled lottery winner in the micro-budget independent film To Leslie.

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“It’s a little surreal,” said Riseborough, 41. She will compete alongside household names like Cate Blanchett (tar), Michael Williams (The Fabelmans), Michelle Yeoh (Everything everywhere all at once) and Ana de Armas (blonde). “There’s a big part of me that really can’t believe this happened.”

Hardly anyone saw the film, according to Box Office Mojo it grossed just $27,322 after a limited release in October, with the exception of some very famous friends of Riseborough.

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Andrea Riseborough in January 2023 at the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles.  Photo: AP

Andrea Riseborough in January 2023 at the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles. Photo: AP

Praise of artists

Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton and Sarah Paulson, among others, have taken to social media in recent weeks to express their enthusiastic support for Riseborough’s representation.just as the voting for the Oscar nominations has begun.

“Andrea should win every award ever,” Paltrow wrote in an Instagram photo of herself with Riseborough, the film’s director, Michael Morris (Better call Saul) and Demi Moore on January 11 after a screening.

Norton (Glass onion: a knife-edged mystery) wrote on Instagram that Riseborough’s performance “blew my mind”.


Actress Andrea Riseborough in “To Leslie”, a performance that earned her an Oscar nomination.

“This is the most deeply emotionally engaged and physically wrenching performance I’ve seen in a long time,” he wrote of the actress’ portrayal of a manipulative, alcoholic West Texas mother.

Blanchett even used her acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards to praise Riseborough’s performance. “It’s arbitrary to consider how many extraordinary performances have been given by women, not just in this room,” she said. “Andrea Riseborough, Tang Wei, Penelope Cruz, the list goes on and on.”

Praise from the press

Critics were also full of praise. towards the film, which boasts a 98% new rating on Rotten Tomatoes but was largely overlooked at award ceremonies such as the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

Andrea Riseborough in "To Leslie".

Andrea Riseborough in “To Leslie”.

In his critique for The New York Times, Benandrea July wrote that Riseborough “gives a deft performance” in the film, calling it a “deceptively simple but heartbreaking character study”. (It was Morris’s feature film directorial debut.)

“The most exciting thing about this moment is that so many more people are going to see this film,” said Riseborough, known for her chameleonic work on bird AND WE

Support and recognition

In a phone conversation from London, where the HBO miniseries is filming The palacea political satire about a year in a collapsing authoritarian regime, the British actress discussed the support of her famous girlfriends, what drew her to the role, and this year’s portrayal of another actor who made her loved more.

Congratulations! Have you looked at the nominations?

-I can not believe it! My other half, Karim [Saleh]he was watching them. I try not to think too much about it. And then she saw it on the screen and she started crying.

How long did you expect to be nominated?

-Absolutely. Even if there’s support for a movie or a performance, it’s very hard to even comprehend being on the list when you haven’t been on the other lists – the Critics Choice Awards and the SAG – the things we all celebrate and look forward to. to do .to direct us

Andrea Riseborough in "To Leslie".

Andrea Riseborough in “To Leslie”.

How long did you expect to be nominated?

-The most exciting thing is getting recognition from your community. It’s a gauge by which we measure ourselves in many ways: by what we aspire to be like or admire. So that’s huge. A wonderful, warm feeling of support and recognition.

How did you get involved in the film?

-Michael Morris, the director, and I had worked together bloodlineand a couple of years later he brought me this script by Ryan Binaco, a brilliant young screenwriter who had written a love song for his mother.

I knew right away that I wanted to make that film and we did it two years later, after a long period without funding. We shot it in 19 days, in one or two takes, because we didn’t have much time. When we started shooting it, it was like an explosion, because it had been in our bones for so long.

What attracted you to the role?

-A character like Leslie, once it gets inside you, you can’t get rid of it. We’ve all been in the orbit of a Leslie, or felt very identified with her and the way she lets loved ones down about her time and time again.

So he’s a character big enough to enter your consciousness, for all of us; I don’t mean just me playing her, but everyone involved in the film, the cast and crew.

He’s kind, even when he’s doing terrible things.

-When I read the script, it didn’t feel like it told me how I should feel about the character or if I should judge her. When I talk to people who haven’t seen the movie, they identify with it even though it’s disappointing themselves and the people they love in so many ways.

Lately there are many people who speak wonders about this film. Is there any other film or performance from last year that particularly touched you?

-I loved John Douglas Thompson in until.

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