Roundup: ScarJo on her 'abstract' awards chances for 'Her'
Scarlett Johansson says she feels "disconnected" from the awards talk for "Her," which started at last week's NYFF premiere and seems to be gaining in volume. That's appropriate enough, given that she's a disembodied presence in the film -- with critics heaping praise upon her vocal performance as a seductive operating system, a conversation is starting over whether she can be the first actor to get nominated without appearing on screen. Johansson, however, is bemused by it all: "I feel very disconnected from the awards process. I don’t even know how it works. And I’m an Academy member! It seems like a political thing. It just seems like such an abstract thing. Probably as abstract as trying to fit my performance into any particular category ... If people want to translate it into an awards conversation, it’s fine. More exciting for me is that the performance works, because it was such a big challenge.” [LA Times]
Anthony Kaufman notes the explosion of documentaries in theaters recently -- but wonders if it's an entirely good thing. [Sundance Now]
Tim Gray on how the Oscar race has shifted even in the month since Toronto. (Fine, but surely nobody ever labelled "Prisoners" a surefire nominee.) [Variety]