Nicole Kidman’s ‘Ricardos’ Casting Hysteria Flashback – Awardsdaily


What a difference a year makes. In January, Nicole Kidman was chosen to play Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos”, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. To say people weren’t nice to this cast is an understatement. Most of the reactions – especially from people on Twitter and TikTok – were downright malicious, outrageous, and exaggerated. But that shouldn’t be too surprising. Users of these apps are looking for likes, retweets, and attention. Forced outrage and heated positions help achieve these goals. Most modern film Twitter types feel like they need to assert a self-righteous authority over everything and more. Despite a year-long assassination over the relevance of Kidman’s casting, the Film’s Twitter and TikTok rage machines have been brought to a halt. Kidman proved them wrong.

There has been a spectacular and enthusiastic reaction to Kidman’s live performance since “Being the Ricardos” started showing for critics, pundits, and industry insiders just a few weeks ago. The praise for his performance has been almost uniform from everyone who has seen the film, with most claiming that it is one of the best portraits of a career that already features portraits of masterpieces. by Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” and Satine in “Moulin Rouge!” ”. This consensus is an astonishing development given the discourse leading up to the start of the film. Kidman’s approach to performance has been said to be less the “authentic” transformation Kristen Stewart strives for in “Spencer,” but rather a deeper, more lived-in take on Ball.

Kidman has been through a brutal period over the past year. The casting announcement for “Being the Ricardos” came at such a special time for the actress. In 2017, “Big Little Lies” re-energized Kidman’s career after years of disappointments and failures. Kidman was back in vogue after a crisis and acted as a figurehead in the #MeToo era playing Celeste Wright, a woman in an abusive marriage, in the HBO miniseries. She has won all of the book’s televised awards and has been offered exciting new opportunities, such as her brave, daring and subversive performance in “Destroyer” or the portrayal of Fox News whistleblower Gretchen Carlson in “Bombshell”.

But once someone gets to the top, they can only be loved for a very long time before they have to hate again. Last year, when another Kidman TV series debuted, “The Undoing,” movie types on Twitter and self-proclaimed “critics” expressed resentment about his oversaturation in the industry – a lot. announced a non-vote against her in the Best Actress to Critics category. Choice Awards to protest the sheer volume of his work in such a short time. Imagine having time to not only think, but also to announce it on Twitter, like you were * so * important. Anti-Kidman sentiments were already simmering last fall. Therefore, when the “Being the Ricardos” cast was announced, the pessimistic and toxic overreaction was exaggerated to epic proportions.

I’m not saying people were wrong to show a little skepticism. Be skeptical. You owe Nicole Kidman nothing except a little respect for everything she has done for the entertainment industry over the past 30 years. While there were a few serious voices who reserved praise or criticism of Kidman’s cast until they saw the film, the stronger majority of Film users Twitter and TikTok took it upon themselves. to castigate Sorkin for choosing Kidman as Lucille Ball. Apparently, Film Twitter and TikTokers believe they have some authority and the right to tell Aaron Sorkin who to choose as the lead actress in his film. To make matters even more confusing, there has been a parallel controversy, with the casting of Javier Bardem, a Spanish actor, as Desi Arnaz, a Cuban. It’s a legitimate conversation to have about Latinx representation. And yet, in many ways, Kidman’s casting discourse has always bizarrely overshadowed that of Bardem. Where are the priorities?

The less extreme takes asked, “Why would you choose a ‘dramatic actress’ to play Lucille Ball?” In retrospect, hers is a moot point, as “Being the Ricardos” is not a remake of “I Love Lucy”, but rather a behind-the-scenes story with both comedic and dramatic elements. What if a “dramatic actress” couldn’t widen her palette and do something else? But most of the internet fury involved digging into Kidman’s appearance: that she doesn’t look as much like Ball as she does Debra Messing, and more generally, that long-standing misogynistic trope that “Kidman doesn’t look like can’t move his forehead ” [thus why cast her as the extraordinarily expressive Lucille Ball]. It’s the best they’ve had after 15 years since making fun of Kidman’s botox was a mainstream garbage joke. All of the goodwill that Kidman had accumulated in “Big Little Lies” evaporated and this conversation was the norm for the past year. Kidman’s performance as Ball didn’t even get the benefit of the doubt. Because that’s what algorithms ask for: a garish and laconic negativity posing as an intellectual and cultural authority.

Kidman was used sparingly in the trailer released earlier this fall. This, of course, led to a Twitter Film account that Amazon “hid” it from the public out of shame; that “Being the Ricardos” was doomed to failure; and Kidman was set to become one of the biggest failures of the decade. Even after the full trailer released a few weeks ago, people took a screenshot of the trailer poking fun at Kidman’s appearance and specifically his face and forehead. I’ve seen dozens of TikTok tweets and videos using the same image of Kidman as Lucy pausing, freezing in front of a crowd as an example of how terrible she looks. Keyword: watched. And it came from a crowd that prides itself on being among the most “awake” people in the world. People pretended to be outraged at this casting injustice towards Lucille Ball. Those people who retweet and record TikTok videos don’t know, Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, gave the casting and Kidman’s work in the film a resounding endorsement.

Nicole Kidman deserved better from the start. The denigration was cruel and unnecessary. And there is a great irony in this story of Nicole Kidman and “Being the Ricardos”. Because Film Twitter stomped on her for a year, they almost got Kidman in the race for Best Actress. They lowered expectations of him so much that the impact of his work hit even harder and made a much stronger buzz than if the critics had high expectations. It’s even more ironic, given that Kidman has the potential to win and beat Kristen Stewart in “Spencer,” the horse that most Twitter movies passionately support this year. According to most Twitter movies, the Oscar is signed, sealed and delivered to Stewart. I always doubted it, whether it was Kidman, Jennifer Hudson for “Respect”, Penelope Cruz for “Parallel Mothers”, or whoever it was. If Natalie Portman failed to win for “Jackie” in 2016, it seems unlikely that Stewart could for a similar role and the same director for a myriad of reasons: the “Twilight” factor, the unusual mark of the actress, the acquired taste for film, the casting of an American in the role of Princess Diana, the lackluster script of “Spencer”, and so on.

Kidman has presented itself as a competitive option that begins to rise as Stewart peaks, long before the season even officially begins. After using the lowest common denominator, petty attacks on Kidman throughout the year, it’s possible the awards season will end with Kidman toppling the Movie performance that Twitter loves most this year for the Oscar trophy of the best actress.

“Being the Ricardos” is an old-school Academy film and is a sure-fire nomination for Best Picture. Kidman is a longtime industry veteran who continues to pay her dues. Even with the resurgence of her career over the past five years, she has not received a nomination for “Destroyer”, “Bombshell” or “Boy Erased”. Kidman even missed out on an Emmy nomination for the second season of “Big Little Lies,” where she delivered an even stronger performance than the previous season for which she won the Emmy. She was ultimately presented with a consensus film that will play at every level of the Academy and could earn her her second Oscar for Best Actress. Lucille Ball is the right kind of role to win an Oscar. Ask Renee Zellweger and Rami Malek how the confrontation with a beloved American icon went for their recent Oscar prospects. Lucille Ball as told by Sorkin is a role that the Academy will likely respond more warmly than Princess Diana, as Pablo Lorrain’s unique style puts it which tends to divide people. (Again, see Natalie Portman in “Jackie.”)

I covered the Oscars for a long time. I started writing about them on AwardsDaily in 2014. I wrote and co-hosted the podcast regularly at NextBestPicture between 2017 and 2021. At the start of this summer, I left my post at NBP for two reasons ( 1) my first semester at Penn State Law School was due to start last August, (2) I started my own podcast on the “Scream” Franchise Movie called “Scream with Ryan C. Showers.” Since then, I ‘ve gained a great perspective on how Film Twitter works.

Most people can’t see it because they’re still inside the Twitter Movie Fishbowl, but the hysteria and judgment these people go through in a quest for “principle” and purity – like the cast of Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball – are pretty exhausting. In Kidman’s case, it all turned out, given the film’s success. Going to law school gave me a real dose of reality and allowed me to focus on things that make me happy in my personal life, and not feel pressured by the demands of the air. Twitter Movie time.

If you follow me on Twitter or read my Nicole Kidman or “Destroyer” coverage in the past, you would know that I deeply admire Kidman. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the online storm she faced from Film Twitter’s judgment and TikTok’s hyperbolic videos mocking her made me, as that fan, feeling small and helpless. It gave me the impression that I was “not allowed” to defend her because it went against the grain and consensus of Film Twitter. Plus, I was “biased” because I already liked Kidman, in general, so anything I said wouldn’t matter to the self-important, self-labeled “reviews.” This whole story has also shown me that much of what Sasha writes here about cultural divisions has a lot of merit. Eventually, if people have the chance to stand out from the online crowd by outdoing each other for taste and social capital, they will see. Imagine the negative energy that could have been saved if whoever blasted Kidman had simply allowed the film to be released.

@ScreamwithRCS


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