Olivia Colman has secured yet another Best Actress nomination from The Academy Awards as she receives the nod for her role in Netflix’s The Lost Daughter.
Adapted from Elena Ferrante’s eponymous novel, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut feature The Lost Daughter is the ultimate subversion of motherhood. By raising various uncomfortable questions, the film does not allow the viewers to detract from the ruthless and ugly parts of our character, a factor that makes the characters in the film eerily relatable.
With voluminous silences, the claustrophobic movie is a brilliant and emotionally hefty exploration of chaos by the director, one that propels the lead, Olivia Colman, into the race for winning yet another Academy Award for her incredible portrayal of absurd anguish.
Having previously received a nomination for The Favourite, which she won, and her role in The Father a couple of years later, which she lost, Colman will be in good company for the award as she battles against Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Jessica Chastain in one of the awards’ most hotly contested categories.
In The Lost Daughter, Colman plays Leda, an Italian Comparative Literature professor who goes for a working holiday to a picturesque Greek island. Leda is an obvious reference to Yeats’ Leda and the Swan, the recital of which actually marks Leda’s escape — but that comes much later.
The film also saw nominations for Jessie Buckley for Best Supporting Actress and Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Director.
The Academy Awards take place on March 27th, 2022.