“The Hateful Eight”

OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Daisy Domergue, a female outlaw in the 19th century who has been apprehended by a bounty hunter and is being taken to face justice.

Not many women could pull off the acid-tongued outlaw from Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” For that reason alone, Jennifer Jason Leigh deserves this nomination. In a film filled with gunslinging, hard talking men, Leigh pulls off one of the more impressive performances. Screaming, spitting, and singing, Leigh gives us a performance that not just goes further than anything she’s ever done, but goes further than most actresses have gone. She’s unafraid to play “ugly”. Not saying she is ugly, but her character is nasty and for that, she must wear bruises and blood, and be the unlikable character that we still want to watch. She goes from playing the childish steward of the bounty hunter, asking permission and sitting in the snow catching flakes on her tongue, to the negotiator, dealing for her life and the life her outlaw friends. Her instinct to take certain chances in her performance, like the playful nature that often shines through, like the scene where “The Hangman” introduces her to the group and she smiles and waves or makes the hangman gesture, truly shows a brilliance that she brings to the role.

Who’s her competition? Standing a better chance than Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”), Jennifer Jason Leigh is still towards the bottom of this list, if only because the performances by the other three women were even more impressive. Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) owns this category, as she carried a film where she was portrayed (at least by the Academy’s standards) as the supporting player. She steals every scene that she’s in, while Leigh is often overshadowed by the conversations had in her presence. Like Winslet, however, she is not sexualized or turned into the love interest. She is just as capable as the men, if she weren’t handcuffed to the big burly Kurt Russell.

Previous nominations? This is the first Academy Award nomination for Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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// Produced by Richard N. Gladstein, Shannon McIntosh, and Stacey Sher // Directed by Quentin Tarantino //
// Dated Viewed: Monday, February 22nd, 2016 // STREAM //  7 films – 7 days //

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