In her career, Jessica Chastain has taken on a diversified group of roles. After an extremely busy year her choice to participate in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) may have seemed like a bit of a surprise considering the subject matter, but after seeing the film everyone seems to be in agreement that Jessica Chastain is capable of anything. In the film Chastain plays CIA agent Maya, as she relentlessly pursues Osama bin Laden. Her character is driven and focused, making it difficult to believe we are watching the same actress who played the loving mother in Terrance Malick’s “Tree of Life” (2011). Chastain’s Academy Award nomination this year doesn’t come as a surprise because she literally carries the entire film on her shoulders, and does a beautiful job of it too.
Jessica Chastain earned acclaim for her film debut in “Jolene” (2008). Although the plot and structure of the film had some flaws, her performance grabbed her some much deserved attention, leading to plenty of other offers. The year of 2011 proved to be an enormous year for Chastain, starring in seven films. Two of the films, “Tree of Life” and “The Help” (2011), were both nominated for Best Picture, and “The Help” earned her the first Academy Award nomination of her career for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she slowed down a bit, starring in only four films, including the gangster drama “Lawless” (2012), the animated feature, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (2012), and of course, “Zero Dark Thirty”.
Due to the controversy that has surrounded “Zero Dark Thirty”, Jessica Chastain’s chances of winning the Oscar seem to have dwindled a bit. With all the bad publicity and boycotting of the film, it is a true testament of Chastain’s performance that she is even still in the conversation. Personally I don’t buy into the controversy, as I firmly believe the award should go to the best PERFORMANCE, regardless of the garbage that surrounds a film.
For 2013, Jessica Chastain has gotten things off to a good start already with her horror film “Mama” (2013), that despite negative reviews, has performed well at the box office. Later this year Chastain is involved with a project that is a little different. “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” (2013) is an interesting film, well technically I should say two interesting films, since they will be releasing it in two parts: “His” and “Hers”. Both films tell the same story of a married couple, each being from a different person’s perspective. The films are also said to star James McAvoy, Viola Davis and William Hurt.
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