Has there ever been a film as hotly anticipated as Blonde?
Thanks to Cuban actress Ana de Armas’ harrowing portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic, hers has become the name on everyone's lips. Now the 33-year-old has been nominated for a 95th Academy Award in the category of 'Best Actress in a Leading Role', and can potentially add an Oscar to her already impressive CV. Following her stellar turn as Bond girl Paloma in No Time To Die, and starring roles in films such as Deep Water and War Dogs - which more than showed off her acting chops - Ana is now steadily gaining recognition as one of Hollywood's biggest names.
Ana de Armas is one of Hollywood's brightest stars
Following the release of the film's trailer in 2022 everyone was buzzing about the uncanny resemblance between Ana and the silver screen legend that was Norma Jean. However, many critics were against the casting choice, due to Ana’s native Spanish accent, which some felt was inappropriate to depict the American 1950s icon.
The film premiered on 16 September following months of scrutiny over its casting and rumours of mid-filming disappointments. The lead actress opened up about her experience filming the difficult role. Speaking with Today Show's Willie Geist, she looked back on transforming herself into Marilyn, and how emotional it made her, "I was her for nine weeks. And I can tell you, it was exhausting. I just cannot imagine what it was like to be her for 36 years."
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Here at the Hello! Fashion office (alongside her phenomenal career of course) we've also been keeping a close eye on her stunning turns on the red carpet. Her style is every bit as versatile as her roles, from the menswear inspired Alexandre Vauthier haute couture tuxedo she rocked at the Knives Out premiere to the bubblegum pink dress she donned to attend the Louis Vuitton show - it's clear that she isn't afraid to mix it up.
Now we just can’t wait to see what she will wear to the 2023 Oscars.
Oscars 2023 Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett in TÁR
Ana de Armas in BLONDE
Andrea Riseborough in TO LESLIE
Michelle Williams in THE FABELMANS
Michelle Yeoh in EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
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