Could Scarlett Johansson End Her Biggest Year Ever with an Oscar Win?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Scarlett Johansson at the BAFTA Awards

Scarlett Johansson has been performing on the massive display screen for greater than 25 years. Yet, the actress simply wrapped up maybe her most pivotal 12 months thus far. On a private stage, Johansson bought engaged to Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost in 2019. But professionally, she starred in three very totally different and really profitable movies.

Now, after such an extended interval throughout the business, the star of such hits as Lost in Translation and Lucy has earned her very first Academy Award nominations. So, even after the epic 12 months Johansson had in 2019, may she actually be poised to kick off 2020 as a newly minted Oscar winner? Let’s examine.

Scarlett Johansson at the BAFTA Awards
Scarlett Johansson on the BAFTA Awards | Samir Hussein/WireImage

‘Avengers: Endgame’ and her decade-long arc

Before we get to Johansson’s two Oscar-nominated performances, we’ve got to debate her pivotal position in Avengers: Endgame. Of course, she first appeared as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow in 2010’s Iron Man 2. And since then, Johansson has been one of many Marvel Cinematic Universe’s largest pillars.

With roles in six earlier Marvel movies, Johansson’s arc has been one of the crucial distinguished. So Avengers: Endgame wanted to present Black Widow her due, particularly because it marked a conclusion of types for the unique Avengers line-up. Some followers are nonetheless debating whether or not the movie did the character justice.

Nevertheless, Johansson delivered a standout efficiency, and Black Widow’s story immediately impacted how the story performed out. Plus, now the actress can add the most important field workplace hit of all time — with $2.eight billion worldwide — to her resume. And she’s nonetheless getting her long-awaited Black Widow film. Not too shabby.

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Scarlett Johansson earned twin Oscar nominations

Yet, whereas Avengers: Endgame proved to be a industrial and important success, it didn’t get a lot awards consideration. Despite Disney’s efforts, the movie solely obtained an Oscar nomination for its visible results. Johansson, nonetheless, nonetheless discovered her approach onto the nominations. Twice.

Critics hailed her efficiency as Nicole Barber in author/director Noah Baumbach’s home drama Marriage Story amongst her greatest work. So few had been stunned when Johansson and co-star Adam Driver had been among the many Best Actor and Actress nominees. Both stars introduced such depth and emotion to the story of a wedding falling aside.

Yet, Johansson obtained a shock second nomination. Jojo Rabbit had been positioned as a possible Oscar participant for Best Picture, its screenplay, or maybe Best Director. But few insiders anticipated Johansson’s tender efficiency as Rosie Betzler to make the Best Supporting Actress reduce. The actress brings heat and depth as a mom coping with her son’s (Roman Griffin Davis) Nazi fanaticism.

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Is Scarlett Johansson destined to be an Oscar winner?

Johansson may need simply gone from by no means receiving an Oscar nomination to turning into a double nominee. However, her possibilities of really profitable in both Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress are slim. In each classes, the frontrunners seem like fairly firmed up.

For Best Actress, Renee Zellweger has been steadily scooping up many of the different trophies this awards season for her efficiency in Judy. And if the class has a darkish horse candidate, then Little Women‘s Saoirse Ronan is extra more likely to ship an upset than Johansson. Then once more, the sturdy assist for Marriage Story — which obtained six nominations — may very well be signal.

Ironically sufficient, Johanssson will in all probability lose the Best Supporting Actress award to her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern. The class is the most effective likelihood Baumbach’s film has to take an award, and Dern — a three-time nominee and business veteran — feels overdue for some Oscar love. At least Jojo Rabbit is trying more likely to win Best Adapted Screenplay for author/director Taika Waititi.

Of course, all this stays speculative. We gained’t know for certain whether or not Johansson takes dwelling an Oscar till the 92nd Academy Awards air on Feb. 9, 2020 on ABC.

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