'Dragon Tattoo' star for Best Actress?

Kurt Koivisto

It’s about to top the $10 million mark in domestic grosses. Now can The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo pull off another coup: an Oscar nomination for Best Actress? Nikki Finke over at Deadline.com had an interesting report yesterday about how the U.S. distributor of the Swedish film is laying the groundwork for an Academy campaign for star Noomi Rapace. I’m also hearing that Rapace, who’s in Los Angeles right now, has been meeting with high-profile personal publicists as well.

With all the hype over Stieg Larson’s books and the upcoming English-language remake of Dragon Tattoo, Rapace’s team is certainly smart to strike while the iron is hot. But she’s got tough competition for a nomination. The Kids Are All Right‘s Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are all but assured two of the five slots, while Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams, Love and Other Drugs‘ Anne Hathaway, Another Year‘s Lesley Manville, Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman, and Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence are all strong contenders as well. Can Rapace be this year’s Marion Cotillard? Stranger things have happened in Oscarland, but she’s got a long way to go.

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  • Jen

    How do we know that Natalie Portman is a “Strong contender” for an Oscar nom when all that has been released so far is THE TRAILER to her movie?

    • Dave

      This kind of thing happens every year. Certain movies and performances are often highly buzzed about way before their release.

      • William

        Errr…Dave, this film was released in 2009 and has already been on cable in the UK.
        Good chance the people at the Oscars have already seen it.

      • MrBo


        I think Dave was referring to Natalie Portman, not Noomi Rapace.

      • Jenn

        Err…William, I think he was talking about Natalie Portman in the Black Swan.

      • William

        Ah cheers Dave all, sorry Dave – didn’t realize that Hollywood was going to release an American version of this film. Hope they don’t ruin it.

      • Joner

        It will be ruined, they are trying to get “Bella” from twilight to play her role…so lame

      • KCatty

        @William– the second movie is currently in theaters. Noomi would be eligible for that performance.

        @Joner– Kristen Stewart didn’t get the role. They’ve already announced that Rooney Mara did.

      • Woot

        Noomi Rapace is eligible for “Girl With Dragon Tattoo” because it was released in America in 2010. The actual movie is not eligible for Best Foreign Language film because it was released in 2009 in it’s home country.

    • dally

      Just because the movie hasn’t been released, doesn’t mean it hasn’t been seen either by insiders, or by people who attend film festivals.

    • mary q contrary

      You should see “For Your Consideration”.

      • mary q not on the contrary lolz

        You should see “Itallian Stallion”. It’s a beautiful movie about flowers and sex.

    • RyanK

      It’s already been accepted into multiple film festivals. Combining industry insiders with screeners, people have certainly seen the movie.

    • Roger C

      Black Swan is the movie that will prove Darren Aronofsky is a hack.

      • jared4ever

        YOu mean like how you just proved you’re a moron?

      • Nathan

        The Fountain already did that.

      • moon swine

        I thought Requiem for a Dream was ultimately unwatchable. It took everything I had to not walk out, and I am a Passolini fan. It was just a well acted experiment in misery that kept skipping like a broken record.

      • ficheye

        I guess you two are starting a club.

      • Corbijn

        You are an idiot if you think Aronofski is a hack. I personally didn’t think Requiem was a film for me however The Fountain was amazing. The linear cinematogrophy and the way they used light as a metaphor was brilliant not to mention the cast. Maybe you just need to stick with Transformers? If you really want to prove he’s “a hack” go out there and show him up by doing better.

      • Sterrizzill

        Really? You must fancy the boys if you’re not completely stoked for Black Swan. I cannot wait to see it!

      • Mike J.

        Aronofsky a hack? You’ve got to be kidding. Requiem is an amazing movie and he is one of the best directors out there today.

      • Tom

        What? Aronofsky a hack? In what BIZARRO WORLD is Darren Aronofsky a hack? Must be the same universe in which Madonna and Megan Fox have won acting Oscars and Stephanie Meyer won a Pulitzer Prize for Twilight, correct?

      • Mike

        Sterrizzill, what is that supposed to mean? I’m gay and I think BLACK SWAN looks AMAZING. It’s my most-anticipated for the rest of the year. That and BLUE VALENTINE.

      • Ibad

        Sterrizzill, Black Swan looks like a gay man’s fantasy…

      • AT

        I loved Requiem.. and I thought The Fountain was absolute garbage. I think he’s a good director but you don’t hit a home run every time. Swan looks like its going to be good though.

      • rashy

        How is one of the most beautiful films ever made, garbage. Some are born to sweet delight, you were born to endless night. Garbage. Hmmm. Born without a soul. Find some beauty AT. And THE FOUNTAIN was a grand slam!!

    • MIchael

      The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is already on DVD..The Girl that plays with Fire (part II) is on at the movie theater. Excellent movies.

      • Kat

        Agree! Noomi for an Oscar! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She totally deserves it. She is extraordinary as Lisabeth!

    • moon swine

      I am sick and tired of the media deciding who will be nominated and who will win. Last year’s race was decided before it started which is why I tuned out right after Monique deservedly won. We all knew the rest.

      Film “criticism” has rendered the oscars utterly irrelevant for me. I look to Cannes as the highest accolade in cinema. Same level of speculation…better options.

      • Sterrizzill

        Dude, everybody knows the Oscars are a big popularity contest in Hollywood. It’s a very small town.

        Denis Leary, who is a voting member of the Academy, once said on the Tonight Show that he votes for his friends first, who he wants to win second and who he REALLY thinks should win third. I can only imagine he’s not alone in this mindset.

    • Raymond

      “They” know! We will know when the sham of a vote is conducted later on. It’s a multi-Billion dollar, do think they would leave the outcome to chance industry ?

    • MM21

      Absolutely on target in your comments.

    • wilson

      This excellent film has been available on the web for download for quite some time now!

    • Kris

      The film has already been screened for critics. I cant wait to see it at TIFF.

    • Ursulah

      Trust me, as long as Igrid has the grammy in her toes by the end of the night, she will be as safe as I was October 90th of last second so don’t worry just worry about what you are wearing to Jill’s party tomorrow morning k sugarplum?

  • Clayton

    This is great news. Rapace is so stunning as Salander and definitely deserves awards attention.

    • Nikki

      She was excellent in the Swedish version. I don’t even want to see an American version of this movie.

      • Chris

        Danish not Swedish, and there is no “American” version

      • HC

        haha, I’m kinda feeling that same way… Rapace for Best Actress!

      • Bonnie Loveless

        I agree..my husband and I were spellbound by this movie…a re-make will never be as good unless she is the actress……

        We got it at Walmart. But I am waiting for Winters Bone to be released to compare……

      • CJinCA

        ‘American Version’ is planned. Daniel Craig is signed to play the lead with Rooney Mara (not sure about spelling) to play Salander. Its all been announced earlier. We’ll see how it compares, but Swedish version was pretty intense (never heard of Danish one)

      • tennisfan

        Chris – the production company may be technically Danish, but the film is in Swedish, filmed in Sweden, with Swedish actors… I would not think calling it the Swedish version is incorrect…
        An American production is in the works, with actors from various countries, to be filmed in Sweden, in the English language…

      • Leela

        Amen to that. I don’t want to see the Americanized version of Dragon Tattoo either. The “sanitized” version put out by Hollywood will be an affront.

      • noomiismygirl

        for sure an american remake will KILL IT! that was the whole vibe of the movie in a diff. country, not everything happens in america, gotta have some diff. point of views. she was great, truely raw.

      • flo

        It is Swedish not Danish, and I don’t want to see an American version of this either.

      • Paul Glover

        I absolutely agree with you.Remember “Point Of No Return”? After the original “La Femme Nikita” who needed an American version?

      • Defacebook

        I won’t be in a hurry to see the American versions since the Swedish versions are perfectly fine, and Rapace IS Salander.

      • Kat

        Agree Nikki. Noomi was unforgettable. With respect to the “American” cast, I feel these stories have been filmed perfectly. That first film was awesome. Have also seen the second – amazing. But Noomi Rapace? The definite performance, imo. She should receive a truckload of trophies.

    • wino

      regardless what you feel about the movie (great vs good/ok), Noami killed the role and I hope she is recognized come award season. sorry, with the exception of Williams and Lawrence, the other actresses are only receiving buzz b/c of their reputation rather than actual work.

    • Lily

      Totally agree, Clayton. Noomi Rapace for a Best Actress Oscar. There’s not a soul who can touch her extraordinary performance as Lisabeth Salander. She was INCREDIBLE!! Wow Wow Wow! So deserving to sweep the awards.

  • Bruce L

    “The Kids Are All Right‘s Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are all but assured two of the five slots”

    You have to be joking. Don’t get me wrong, this would be great (assuming they’re still among the year’s 5 best by the end). But that’s not how Oscar politics work anymore. You don’t get two lead acting nominees in the same category from the same movie. If leads like Ethan Hawke (Training Day), Tim Robbins (Mystic River), Jamie Foxx (Collateral), Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Moutain), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), and Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) could be pushed as supporting players, then either Bening or Moore will be as well.

    • Ceballos

      Don’t forget the most egregious example: Jennifer Hudson, who was CLEARLY the lead in “Dreamgirls.” She wasn’t even pushed into Supporting because Beyonce was a major threat…she was pushed to Supporting because she would’ve likely lost to Helen Mirren for “The Queen.”

      The “Kids are Alright” most reminds me of Zellwegger/Zeta-Jones in “Chicago.”

      • Jane

        Makes me think of Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”. She was techinacally the film’s leading lady (and only female co-star), but her performance (and those of Sydney Pollack and Tom Wilkinson) were clearly in support of the titular character played by George Clooney. There is always a certain amount of politics involved in designating a performance lead or supporting (how else could you account for Luise “The Great Ziegfeld” Rainer or Louise “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Fletcher as Best Actress winners?)

      • Jen

        On the flip side, how did Meryl Streep land a best actress nom for Devil Wears Prada? Meryl owned her scenes, but it seemed Anne Hathaway was more of the lead while Meryl was supporting.

    • Jose

      “You don’t get two lead acting nominees in the same category from the same movie.” Well it worked for Tom Hulce and F Murray Abraham for Amadeus, so its been done before, it could happen again.

      • Bruce L

        That was 26 years ago. I think once the men of Pulp Fiction (or maybe even the women of Passion Fish two years earlier) were pushed in separate categories, that genie was out of the bottle forever. You will never again see a studio push for a nomination they know they (mathematically) can’t win in a lead acting category.

      • Mac

        Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger were nominated for Best Actress for Terms of Endearment. Mutiny on the Bounty saw Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone get nominated for Best Actor. But I agree, it’s been awhile…

      • Allen from Austin

        Remember Thelma and Louise!

    • Marc

      Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon from Thelma and Louise…

      • Bruce L

        Eleven years ago…

      • Bruce L

        Or, if you prefer ACCURATE math, nineteen…

      • mary q contrary

        Nineteen years ago…

      • mary q not on the contrary lolz

        shuddup already, mary. it’s long gone! Thelma and I already went go-carting so its too late and you need one of those glasses called thinggs about the pencils that you sing with like on american idol where simon said that simon says and the kindergartenerrs did what simon said.
        remember? i thought so.
        quit being mean on entertainment yearly…

    • pop

      that movie was overrated. i think bening was great, moore not as much.

      • meme

        I agree. Kids is way overrated. I enjoyed it but the critics went overboard praising it. Bening deserves the Best Actress nod, not Moore who wasn’t that great.

    • A-K87

      @Bruce L

      excellent examples, mate.

    • tgmee

      Annette Bening will be pushed to supporting.

      • tgmee

        and will probably win.

      • Book

        “and will probably win.”

        -Unless Bening is up against Hillary Swank.

      • Tom

        @book: Lol, true! Bening must be praying that Swank doesn’t get a nod in the same category as her!

  • JLC

    Wouldn’t the fact that Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was released in 2009 preclude any Oscar talk this year for that particular film? One of the sequels, maybe, but I’ve heard they’re not nearly as good.

    • M

      It released in the us in 2010. With the oscars and any awards it’s when it’s released not when it made or released over seas

    • RyanK

      Yeah there have been examples of foreign films released in their home countries multiple years before they got Oscar recognition.

    • Pernilla

      I have seen all three movies (I am from Sweden but live in the US so I saw them when I visited home) and I disagree, the movies get better with the last one is the best of all.

      No matter what happens with Oscars (rooting for a nomination!) they are amazing movies with great performances and add me to the camp of people who have no interest to watch what Hollywood does to f-up these movies. Yuck. The movies are so intense, I can never watch the first one again.

      • James

        I agree 100%!

  • emma

    i really don’t think so, she’s a great actress, but she has no chance to be an oscar winner. another obstacle is the new movie directed by fincher and at the same time the movie was released a long time ago (in Europe, so no chance for a BAFTA). in my opinion it’s a little bit too late, the campain for the oscar begin almost 10 month before the show in March;

  • brendan

    Excuse me, but this movie was released in March 2010 in the U.S., so it’s definitely an Oscar candidate. Plus, as one of the commenters pointed out, only one “Kids” actress will be nommed for lead. Jennifer Lawrence is the only other actress so far who we know is strong enough for a possible nom in Best Actress. At least two of Karger’s other fall possibilities will probably fall out, leaving: Bening, Lawrence, two fall contenders, and possibly Rapace.

  • Sarah

    The actress looks a lot like Adam Lambert in that particular picture.

    • talkin’

      a very ticked off Adam Lambert,yes

      • lunargyrl

        She looks like a young Prince, too :).

    • RyanK


    • Aaron

      I’m seeing Tegan &/or Sara.

  • Taylor

    I don’t think Bening and Moore are locks at all. Both give solid performances but I just don’t think anything in the movie was great enough to be remembered come Oscar season. It sort of just evaporated from my mind as I left the theater. I could be wrong, and it certainly depends on the strength of the movies coming out in the next few months. And, I say this as someone who thinks Bening is way, waaaaaaaaaay overdue for an Oscar.

  • kurt

    What a crock. The Salander movies were released in 2009. She shouldn’t be eligible for 2010.

    • Ceballos

      I believe “The Hurt Locker” was first released in Italy (or somewhere in Europe) in 2008, but it was eligible for the most recent Oscars because it didn’t come out in the US until 2009.

      Those are just the rules.

    • RyanK

      Kurt, the awards are for movies released in the US that year. That’s the prerequisite for nomination. It wouldn’t be fair to the makers of the movie for it to be eligible for an an entirely American award before any Americans have had a chance to see it. The film wouldn’t have a chance then, because nobody is going to vote for a movie they haven’t seen. By doing this, the Academy ensures that as many films as possible get to have a chance.

    • m1

      Since when was The Milennium Trilogy called The Salander Movies?

  • Dave

    Is there really Oscar buzz surrounding Anne Hathaway’s performance in Love and Other Drugs? Don’t get me wrong, I love Anne Hathaway. But I’ve seen the trailer for the movie, and while it looks fine, it doesn’t look anything like an Oscar contender, nor does her role strike me as Oscar worthy. I wouldn’t think she’d be a strong contender for an Oscar nomination. Maybe a Golden Globe nomination though.

    • G

      Though it doesn’t show much of it (or at all) in the trailer, her character in the movie has Stage 1 of Parkinson’s disease…….

      The rumors going around are that her performance is fantastic… And that type of character is major Oscar bait for any actress….. I think if she does really well in the movie, she could easily get herself another Best Actress nomination.

      • Dave

        Thanks for the info, G. I had no idea the character has Parkinson’s. I don’t recall that being alluded to at all in the trailer. That definitely makes a stronger case for why she might be nominated.

      • A-K87

        Ever since Rachel Getting Married, I think Hathaway is talented enough to notch up a few more nominations and should pick up a win sooner or later.

    • Molly

      Dave, the American trailer left it out, but I think there’s an international trailer that alludes to Parkinsons.

  • Lala

    Really, I don’t understand all this fawning over the Milennium trilogy. I haven’t seen the movies but the books are mediocre at best, and from what I have seen of Rapace, well I think you guys are seriously overrating European actors in general. (ESPECIALLY Christopher Waltz. I don’t care how “brilliant” he was in IB, in his home country he’s only known for some (bad) tv work.)

    • Lala

      *Millennium ;)

    • Fran V

      Just curious, if you thought the first book was mediocre, why would you read the others?

      • Nick

        Sometimes it’s just curiosity. Even though you’re not crazy about a book series, you already put some time in so you might as well see how it ends. If I were reading through a book series, the only way I would stop is if I absolutely hated what I was reading. If mediocrity was the case, I would still finish the series to see how it ends.

    • Shed

      I agree. I liked the first film well enough, but I thought the second suffered badly from too many cliches and contrivances. Don’t really care if I see the third.

    • m1

      Does it look like the Academy cares about awarding actors Oscars when it comes to their bodies of work? They don’t, which is good, because they shouldn’t.

      • Lala

        And where did I say the Academy should? I was talking about US media proclaiming someone (i.e. Waltz) to be a brilliant actor after only seeing him in ONE role. So I agree with you on this. I actually think the Academy has ignored a lot of international actors (not even noms for Bruno Ganz and Tony Leung?) which is their good right though since the Oscars are mostly a celebration of Hollywood cinema.

    • A-K87

      Lala if you have only read the book, you can’t have an opinion on Rapace’s performance.

      • Lala

        Well that’s true. I was only judging her on the bits and pieces I have seen, which maybe is unfair. I just think a lot of people in the States tend to overrate European actors because well, because they’re European hence why I mentioned Waltz. His acting in IB was over the top, which I guess was the intention of the movie since everybody seemed to do it. Just didn’t think it was woth an Oscar. And yes, I DO think an actor’s other work should be taken into consideration. It shows capability which Waltz just doesn’t have.

    • wino

      Umm, but in IB, Waltz was fantastic and thats why people here in the states are cazy about him. sometimes its takes time for people to notice a fantastic actor. if you havent seen the movie, how can you be so against Noami’s acting? oh, thats right, you just wanted to be bitter and hate. carry on.

      • Lala

        One great role does not a great actor make. That’s why I mentioned him. People are obviously not familiar with his other work yet pretend he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. As for Rapace see my comment above, so no I’m not bitter when/if I see this movie and she’s great, I’ll happily admit it. BTW Just realised that I foolishly typed ChristophER in my first post, it’s ofcourse Christoph.

  • Fran V

    I just saw Winter’s Bone last weekend and Jennifer Lawrence’s performance blew me away. Bening and Moore were fine in The Kids Are Alright. but they pale in comparison.

  • Jose

    If they were to start a campaign, the question is, for which movie? Dragon Tattoo is the best reviewed one in the series, but she also has like ten minutes worth of screen time, and I have yet to see “Who played with fire” and “Hornet’s nest” so who knows. Oh and I agree with what Lala and Nick posted earlier.

    • kurt

      ‘Played With Fire’ and ‘Hornet’s Nest’ are really mediocre movies. They’re really by-the-numbers.

      Salander is a bore in the movies. It’s as if Rapace is sick of being her and it shows in the 2 sequels.

      • teekay

        I personally think Noomi Rapace’s performance in “Dragon Tattoo” is worthy of a nomination. Also agree that in the sequels Salander isn’t as compelling, but that has more to do with the books than Rapace. Those books are all about Salander but from the perspective of the people who care about her. The character, herself, honestly doesn’t do a lot in the second and third books.

  • Bill

    I just saw “Dragon Tattoo” and Noomi Repace is excellent. I think the role and the movie might be a bit too dark for Oscar voters, though. I certainly wouldn’t put the film or the performance in the same category as “La Vie En Rose” which was Oscar-bait with subtitles.

    • moon swine

      But they nominated Ellen Burystn for “requiem for a dream” and that film is an experiment in terror. If they can nom a woman past 40 for playing a drug addict, i think this young lady definitely has a shot, not that i have seen it.

    • Cameron Parker

      Having seen the movie, the performance is pretty excellent. However, to call her 2011’s Marion Cotillard is a stretch. Cotillard’s portrayal of Piaf is among the very best performances EVER put on film. Can’t say the same for Noomi.

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  • Stacie

    I don’t think Oscar voters will go for her. Not enough flash (for them) as a foreign actress in a pretty popular movie.

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