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A glitter infused chrome/platinum blonde wig, an over-the-top Long Island accent, and a hyper-stylized pop star may not initially seem like the ingredients for a disturbingly striking Oscar hopeful. But that is exactly what Portman and her director Brady Corbet are cooking up.
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Those familiar with Portman’s work know how she delightfully excels with dark, surrealistic characters. Audiences are already drawing comparisons between Vox Lux and Black Swan, the film that won Portman her first Academy Award.
Portman’s initial innocence in Black Swan played excellently against the grisly horror aspects of the world surrounding her, but Vox Lux teases an even darker arc for the character of Celeste.
In this trailer, Portman impressively shifts between aggressive celebrity, tortured victim, and concerned mother. Her deliciously dramatic approach to complicated characters promises a heightened version of the haunting atmosphere Black Swan brought to screen.
One cannot help but watch this trailer and be reminded of another flashy, idiosyncratic, New Yorker and pop superstar – Lady Gaga.
The outlandish outfits and Celeste’s adoring fans in Vox Lux are uncomfortably similar to those of Gaga at the height of her pop career.
Gaga recently ditched her bedazzled image for more natural appeal in hit musical A Star Is Born and her latest album Joanne, but Corbet and Portman seem to be offering heavily reflective commentary on Gaga’s sometimes gaudy pop past.
Rumors are swirling that Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album will feature her signature outrageously packaged pop/EDM vibes. She might want to consider the chance that the public may become disillusioned to the fantasy pop music world after Corbet and Portman’s exposé.
Although a relatively new distributor, NEON achieved great success during last year’s award season with Margot Robbie’s I, Tonya. Like the Tonya Harding inspired flick, Vox Lux boasts a popular actress in a splashy role. This formula combined with the arresting visual artistry of the film seems like a recipe for awards success.
The film also stars fan favorite and critical darling Jude Law, and features original music by internationally celebrated pop sensation, Sia.
Vox Lux hits theaters in limited release December 9th, and will expand in the weeks to follow. Keep an eye on this one. You just might be witnessing the beginning of the road towards Portman’s second Oscar. Or perhaps the catapulting of Corbet’s mainstream career. And if you’re Lady Gaga reading this, watch out for Celeste.