The first round of controversy surrounding this year's Oscar nominations revolved around "women", because "Barbie" failed to be nominated for best director and best actress. The overall conservative selection and long preliminary selection made the audience tired: the best actor will undoubtedly be between Cillian Murphy of "Oppenheimer" and Paul Giamatti of "Stay in School" As time goes by, Justine Trier, the French female director who directed "Judgment of the Fallen", is likely to have difficulty breaking through the "old boys" of Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Yorgos Lanthimos. "Blockade", many people were expecting the absurd comedy "American Novel", which poked fun at ethnic politics in the United States, to become the best picture, but that was more akin to a "Mission Impossible" joke. After the initial turmoil, the final suspense of this year's Oscars still revolves around "women" - the other awards have become boring "non-issues", and only the single category of Best Actress is still full of unpredictable drama. After all, it was the actresses who supported this year's Oscars.

  Regarding the nominations for this year’s four acting awards, mainstream comments in the UK and the US believe that white actors, who account for 70 to 80% of all nominations, monopolize the roles of Deja Vu. After last year's Oscars batchly awarded Asian actors, Greta Lee, the star of "My Life", failed to appear in the Best Actress nomination this year. The invisible structural racial inequality in the entire Hollywood system remains Be stubborn. In "The Past" written and directed by Korean-American playwright Celine Song, 40-year-old Greta Lee starred as the heroine for the first time in many years. She mentioned this sentence repeatedly in interviews : ""My Life" gave me the opportunity to play a role that was usually played by white actresses in the past. A heroine who has experienced growth and choices, and feels lost in the face of different choices, can also be played by an Asian."

  Carey Mulligan, who played Bernstein's wife Felicia in the movie "The Music Master," was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress for the third time. The American version of "Vogue" magazine described in its latest feature article that this is the inertial choice of the Hollywood industry. Carey Mulligan and her role as Felicia are just as Greta Lee summed up: women who are always played by white actresses who experience growth and choices. The actress who shines in front of the camera plays the role of a legendary woman who is sinking in a stressful marriage. She always glues herself back together and takes responsibility after her heart is torn apart. Carey Mulligan or Emma Stone, better known for her role in "Poor Thing," are top students made of Hollywood stars. Their "high quality" can be "developed" using regular techniques.

  What brings freshness to the performances on American screens is an old actor who has been nominated four times but has not won an award, that is, Annette Bening, the heroine of "Ned". Bening is 65 years old. In the past 34 years, he has been nominated four times for "The Fatal Gamble", "American Beauty", "Being Julia" and "The Kids Are All Right". He missed out every time. Analysts believe that Bening is more active in theater and stage plays, which has caused her to be repeatedly suppressed in the Oscar selection. Bening's "Ned" starring this time is a biopic. The heroine Diana Ned regained her unfinished wish in her youth at the age of 60 and swam from Cuba across 160 kilometers of sea to Florida. At the age of 64, , she completed the feat in 52 hours and 54 minutes. The protagonist and the protagonist are of the same age, which creates an intertext full of emotional tension between art and reality. Bening's actions and appearance in front of the camera were so low that they tended to be "zero performance." When she appeared with the prototype in the behind-the-scenes scene at the end of the film, she allowed the audience to see that the best performance was more like a "family video" than a documentary. ", she performed the silent stubbornness behind a magnificent legend. Her simplicity and hardness opened up a new world beyond the flashy and boring Hollywood stereotypes.

  Every scene played by German actor Sandra Wheeler in "Judgment of the Fallen" allows Hollywood actors to refresh their imagination and understanding of "performance". In the movie, the heroine played by Wheeler delivered a self-defense statement during the trial. She questioned the prosecutors and the testifying psychiatrist about their arbitrary summary of her marriage and relationship. She told the truth of life in a calm but trembling voice. The truth in an intimate relationship cannot be summed up in words. That was the scene where Cuckoo cries her blood. Wheeler's performance and Trier's shooting method are strangely combined. Trier uses the tradition of male writer's movies to describe a "suspense of murdering her husband" coldly, while Wheeler's The performance presents the rift between the pain of the mortal body and the system of expression. Wheeler is an actress who spans the European film industry and theater. Her ability does not need an Oscar to prove her ability. Her presence on the screen is a plus for the Oscar.

  Of course, the one most promising to make history is Lily Gladstone, the heroine of "Killers of the Flower Moon", a 37-year-old Native American actress. How do Native people appear on the big screen in America? How do Aboriginal people play Aboriginal characters? How do today's indigenous people recall their ancestors who disappeared in history through performances? Lily Gladstone gave Scorsese's camera a quiet and powerful answer. The most touching passage in "Killers of the Flower Moon" occurs when the male protagonist is invited to the heroine Molly's home for the first time. A heavy rain suddenly comes at night, and the man wants to close the window. The woman says, "Sit down, let's sit and listen to the rain together." The white man was at a loss, scratching his head and head, while the Indian woman looked at him without saying a word, and then quietly stared ahead, looking at the camera off-screen - we know that the director behind the camera, Scorsese, is also white. Critic Richard Brody said that this scene is the soul of "Killers of the Flower Moon". Gladstone and her character Molly are no longer objects that exist in the gaze and narration of white people. The vision recaptures the subjectivity of Indians in American history, although their subjectivity is represented by silence on the painting. This "silence" is deafening. In the story of "Killers of the Flower Moon", the surviving Molly remains silent. So will Gladstone have a chance to speak out on the Oscar stage in a few days?

  The suspense of who will win the Best Actress is not only a professional battle for performance, but also the topic is outside the performance.

  Wenhui Po reporter Liu Qing