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Jessica Chastain wins award in Venice — more to come?

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 4:38 pm · September 3rd, 2011

Nathaniel Rogers tipped me off today to the fact that Jessica Chastain has won her first (of many?) award of the season in Venice. The prize, presented by “W.E.” director Madonna, was the Gucci Award for Women in Film. And it’s a pretty good pick when you consider how prolific she is this year.

Chastain is at the fest with two films — “Wilde Salome” and “Texas Killing Fields” — but of course she’s been seen in everything from “The Tree of Life” to “The Help” to “The Debt” this year, with Sundance and Cannes hit “Take Shelter” and Weinstein-pushed “Coriolanus” still to hit Toronto and open in theaters. Seven movies? A little difficult to argue with that, especially since she gives quality work across the board (though I haven’t seen the Venice films).

It really would be a shame if she couldn’t get enough of a groundswell to nab an Oscar nod for something (I prefer her in “The Help”), but she’s assured any number of precursor honors for her body of work throughout the season.

Writes Rogers:

What a summer. It starts with a Cannes trip alongside Brad Pitt and three months later she’s part of a $100 million hit and Madonna (that’s right, Madonna) is handing her trophies. From Brad Pitt to Madonna all in the same summer. Hopefully her eyes have adjusted to traveling in these blinding megawatt circles.

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  • 1 9-03-2011 at 4:49 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Fantastic! So happy for her. I only hope critics give her some awards to cement momentum. I’d take either The Help or Take Shelter for a potential Oscar nomination, even though I’ve only seen the former.

    Btw, you neglected to mention her being in Coriolanus. ;) Although it’s probably still six movies, since Wilde Salome most likely won’t get released until 2012. If it’s 2011, that’s a whopping seven, jeez. Speaking of 2012, I’m most excited actually for her eighth film, The Wettest County in the World. Probably my most anticipated of next year thus far.

  • 2 9-03-2011 at 5:44 pm

    Fei said...

    Do you remember any other actress or actor who has been as prolific as Chastain? She’s chosen a heck of a way to start her career!

  • 3 9-03-2011 at 5:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks James. Noted.

  • 4 9-03-2011 at 5:54 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    You’re welcome. And only one comes immediately to mind, Fei, although there may be a couple of other examples if I think back farther, way before my time even.

    But c’mon now….Remember 2004? Jude Law was in everything and its uncle, too.

  • 5 9-03-2011 at 6:04 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Kris, did you see ‘The Debt’? If so, what’s your opinion?

    I don’t see any big awards play. But I found it to be an insubstantial, yet nifty little espionage thriller; with solid acting & craftsmanship.

  • 6 9-03-2011 at 11:33 pm

    Bryan said...

    I hope that her omnipresence (and miraculous range) will nab her at least a pat-on-the-back nomination.

    If she’s nominated, she’d probably be a threat to win, considering that voters would have all of these great performances bouncing around in their heads. In their view, they could “pretend” to be voting for the Chastain performance they liked best (assuming a consensus pick never develops).

  • 7 9-04-2011 at 12:33 am

    Joshua said...

    Is there any slight possibility of Wettest County getting a limited 2011 release before expansion? Anyone heard anything regarding that?

  • 8 9-04-2011 at 12:40 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Well, IMDb listed it as December 2011, but I highly doubt it’ll be prepared in time. I figured it would at least do Toronto or something anyway.

    My speculation is that Weinstein will strategically wait to release it post The Dark Knight Rises, in order to capitalize on Tom Hardy’s buzz. Hoping his role and that strategy might propel him to an Oscar nom, but we’ll see. In any event, that’s probably Harvey’s mindset.