There’s no comparison between the demands of Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘American Hustle’ ditzy wife and Lupita Nyong’o’s role as the tortured Patsey in ’12 Years A Slave.’ Let’s hope the Oscar voters agree!
Jennifer Lawrence is funny, warm and oddly sympathetic as Christian Bale‘s cheated-upon wife in American Hustle. There’s no doubt that she brings her massive talent to the role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld, the cheesy, nosy wife of Christan’s , Irving Rosenfeld, in American Hustle.
Lupita Nyong’o Deserves To Win The Best Supporting Actress Oscar Over Jennifer Lawrence
In the hands of a lesser actress, Rosalyn would have been annoying, instead of strangely endearing. But honestly — her character is a caricature, and like all caricatures, she’s a hoot to play, and Lawrence clearly had a grand old time bringing Rosalyn to life.
But neither did she have to do the emotional stretch to convey the gut-wrenching life endured by a female slave in 1841 Louisiana. That was the task faced by newcomer Lupita Nyong’o who was overlooked for a Best Supporting Actress win at the Golden Globes.
Nyong’o was heartwrenching as Patsey, the best cotton-picker on the plantation of sadistic owner, Edwin Epps, played by Michael Fassbender. Her poignant vulnerability is perfectly conveyed by Nyong’o, as she becomes increasingly desperate after becoming the sexual obsession and rape victim of her owner.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Performance In ’12 Years A Slave’ Deserves The Best Supporting Actress Oscar
No one can walk away after watching the terrorized Patsey without becoming fully imbued with the hopelessness and inhumanity of life as a slave. It’s a life-shaking and changing experience.
Can you say that about watching Jennifer smoke and vamp her way through American Hustle?
So, Oscar voters — when you look at Lupita’s luminous face as she tries to survive in a world without any humanity , give the star of 12 Years A Slave your vote!
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
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— Bonnie Fuller