That is the one. “The Spouse” was Glenn Shut’s greatest shot at an Academy Award, with out query. It is not her greatest work by any measure, however the stars had lastly aligned for her to take dwelling that award. That 12 months, she walked away with the Golden Globe, SAG Award, Critics’ Alternative Award, Unbiased Spirit Award, and even an Icon Award from the Palm Springs Worldwide Movie Competition. She was the frontrunner, had the lengthy overdue narrative, and but … when the envelope was opened, her title was nowhere to be discovered on it. As a substitute, we obtained one of many largest (and most great) Oscars surprises in latest reminiscence when Olivia Colman took dwelling the award for her sensible work in “The Favorite.”
Being the frontrunner is usually a blessing or a curse. “The Spouse” was launched in theaters in August 2018, earlier than the autumn movie festivals and awards seasons kicked into excessive gear. Being in ballot place six months earlier than the ceremony means folks can tire out out of your fixed presence and begin trying elsewhere for their very own favorites, as they assume everybody else shall be voting for you. Within the case of “The Spouse,” that movie really premiered all the best way again in September 2017 on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, so some people actually had been in a position to put her behind their minds. The thought was that Girl Gaga could be her foremost competitors for “A Star Is Born,” however like Cher earlier than her, it would take a while for the Academy to totally embrace the pop star. In the meantime, Olivia Colman not solely gave an exceptional efficiency however also can mild up a room. Glenn Shut went from frontrunner to outdated information, and her greatest shot at an Oscar went up in flames.