Saturday, January 28, 2017

Florence Foster Jenkins

With the Oscar nominations announced on Tuesday, Sharon and I are doubling our efforts to see the films in the major categories. It seems like we are actually behind where we were last year at this time...

Saturday night, we watched Florence Foster Jenkins as a HD rental on the AppleTV. Meryl Streep is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for this film. The film is also nominated for Best Costume Design.

The movie stars Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant plays her husband and manager, English Shakespearean actor, St. Clair Bayfield. Simon Helberg, best known for his role as Howard Wolfowitz in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, played pianist Cosmé McMoon. Helberg's performance was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. While I don't believe that Steep will win an Oscar for her performance, the film exceeded my expectations. An awards show podcast that we follow was very complimentary of Grant's performance. They thought that he might get a Supporting Actor nomination. I was pleasantly surprised by Grant's performance.

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