Oscars 2024: Natalie Portman ‘will be submitted in Best Actress category with co-star Julianne Moore as Best Supporting Actress’ for May December
Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore will both be campaigning for Academy Awards for their latest film, but they won’t be competing in the same category.
Natalie, 42, who spoke at a UN summit for gender equality Monday amid reported marital woes, will have her name submitted in the Best Actress category for her work in May December, according to Variety.
Julianne, 62, will submit her name in the Best Supporting Actress category for the romantic drama, the outlet also claimed.
The story in the Todd Haynes directed project focuses on Natalie’s character, Elizabeth, an actress hired to portray Julianne’s character in an upcoming movie.
Julianne’s Gracie Atherton-Woo grabbed tabloid headlines some 20 years previously for her relationship with an underaged boy, Joe, played by Charles Melton, who is now her partner.
No competition: Natalie Portman, 42, and Julianne Moore, 62, are starring together in the upcoming May December, but will complete in separate categories for awards season (Pictured in Cannes in May 21)
Elizabeth’s research exposes some of the cracks behind the carefully crafted façade the couple presents to the world as they are about to become empty nesters.
In an interview with Vogue before the current actors strike, Natalie revealed she was the one who got the ball rolling on the passion project.
‘I was sent this script for May December and I was completely blown away by it.’
She said the writing was ‘so nuanced, so specific, and the story was so interesting and surprising.’
‘I sent it to Todd Haynes, whom I’ve admired for so long and, luckily, he was interested. It was extraordinary to get to work with him on it.’
Julianne had worked with Todd before in her Oscar nominated role from 2002’s Far From Heaven.
Speaking to the storyline at Cannes, the veteran star acknowledged in a press conference, ‘An age gap is one thing, but a relationship between an adult and a child is a different thing entirely.’
‘The reason why this movie feels so dangerous watching it is because people don’t know where anyone’s boundaries are. It feels scary.’
May December: The story in May December focuses on Natalie’s character, Elizabeth, an actress hired to portray Julianne’s character in the upcoming film
Tabloids: Julianne’s Gracie Atherton-Woo grabbed tabloid headlines some 20 years previously for her relationship with an underaged boy, Joe, played by Charles Melton, who is now her partner
Extraordinary: Natalie told Vogue before the current actors strike, she was the one who got the ball rolling on the project. ‘I sent it to Todd Haynes, whom I’ve admired for so long and, luckily, he was interested. It was extraordinary to get to work with him on it’ (Pictured in Cannes May 21)
May December received a six minute standing ovation and Cannes and was sold amid heavy bidding to Netflix for $11 million.
The film is set to open the New York Film Festival later this month.
Julianne earned her Academy Award for her role as a woman suffering with early on-set Alzheimer’s disease in 2015’s Still Alice.
Natalie won the Oscar for her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in 2010’s Black Swan.
She is also listed as a producer for May December and if the film wins Best Picture, could result in another Oscar for the versatile producer and director.
May December will debut in theaters November 17 and stream on Netflix beginning December 1.
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