in july, it’s going to be 7 years since the deathly hallows book was released and i just got a bit emotional.
"I remember days where I’d have classmates breaking down, sobbing, because they just sucked in front of the class, and then in the evening going to see them in a production and being blown away by the magnitude of their talent. That made me more forgiving of myself, and also more daring. Because you fail, and then what? Life goes on. It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience." - Lupita Nyong’o for Backstage Magazine, February 2014
With its bold combinaiton of physical comedy, outrage-inducing obliviousness and unapologetic brashness, DiCaprio’s turn in “Wolf” stands apart from his fellow lead actor Oscar nominees, with little in common with Christian Bale’s chameleon versatility, Chiwetel Ejiofor’s theater-trained gravitas, Matthew McConaughey’s unexpected reemergence and Bruce Dern’s valedictory lap. DiCaprio retains a mystique about him that is rare for a movie star these days. He is right there, right in front of us, and yet he remains unknowable even as his personal life makes for tabloid fodder. What’s more, for someone so famous he manages to slip away inside his roles as if dancing with his own movie star self as partner.
Oscars 2014: Leonardo DiCaprio deserves, but doesn’t need, a win for The Los Angeles Times, January 23rd, 2014. Photo by Kirk McKoy
“To the people clinging to the notion that female-led pictures are a niche genre, people see them! They make money! The world is round, people!” - Cate Blanchett
Lupita Nyong’o attends the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France
If Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t go on to have a lucrative career full of interesting leading roles that she gets her pick of, including maybe an action franchise or two, Hollywood should be ashamed of itself.
Lupita Nyong’o in the press room at the 86th Annual Academy Awards