Will Kate Winslet (‘Mare of Easttown’) win 2nd Emmy for HBO?
Drab is definitely the new gold.
Top-notch actresses have learned that rejecting any semblance of glamor – makeup, hair dye, hairstyle, fashion – in the pursuit of “authenticity” puts them in line for Hollywood’s most prestigious awards. Frances mcdormand won her third Best Actress Oscar on Sunday for playing Fern, a homeless American who loses her job and home and lives in a mobile home in “Nomadland”. She doesn’t wear a make-up point, doesn’t have a wardrobe to speak of, and lives hundreds of miles from the nearest beauty salon. Taking a page from McDormand’s playbook, British actress Kate winslet paved the way for a second Emmy Award (the first was for “Mildred Pierce” in 2011) with an equally clean appearance in HBO’s limited series “Mare of Easttown”.
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With the exception of a few scenes where her character, Detective Mary Sheehan, goes on a date, puts on a dress, and wears lipstick on a date, Winslet is dressed in jeans, a parka. brown and brown roots that grow up to his ears. “Mare of Easttown” puts Oscar winner Winslet, 45, in the company of her contemporaries Reese witherspoon and Nicole kidman, who have found good roles on the small screen. But instead of playing the demanding fashion platters of “Big Little Lies,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” and “The Undoing,” Winslet has become a tough cop whose ties to a Pennsylvania town are his strength and weakness. See her drink a Heineken. See her jump a fence in pursuit of a suspect. See her have meaningless sex on the couch with a man she barely knows. She’s everything for business!
Jokes aside, Winslet received great reviews for a role she can really squeeze into. Mare is not only a fearless and sometimes devious cop, she is recovering from the suicide of her only son and finds herself, in her fifties, still rebellious, emotionally unavailable and alive for her job. As Mare investigates the murder of a local girl and the disappearance of another, Winslet shows off her impressive lineup and unwavering American accent. Her performance will remind you of the Australian actress Toni ColletteThe unwavering, Emmy-nominated work as a Colorado sleuth tracking down a serial rapist in the Netflix series “Unbelievable.” Both actresses of course owe a huge debt to Helen mirren, who re-launched her career playing the perverse, overworked and overflowing DPI Jane Tennison to glory in Emmy win on PBS’s “Prime Suspect” several years ago.
With good marks for Winslet and “Mare of Easttown” in general, it seems likely that the star “Mildred Pierce” could replace Nicole kidman as a nominee for HBO in the lead actress, limited series category. Kidman did not win an award for his performance “Undoing” at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards (Anya Taylor-Joy of “The Queen’s Gambit” proved the winner in both races) suggests that she took her course as a contender. “Mare of Easttown” was released closer to the Emmy eligibility deadline while “The Undoing” was released last summer; it may be a distant memory in the minds of Emmy voters. Plus, Winslet’s vibrant chemistry with Jean Smart, who plays Mare’s mother, Helen, adds an extra dimension to her character and to the series. They are funny together, they argue like real parents and support each other when needed. The likely outcome is that Smart will also receive an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The current Winslet Gold Derby odds are 11 to 1. This puts her in fifth place behind Elizabeth olsen of ‘Wanda Vision’, but expect the rankings to improve as the ‘Mare of Easttown’ mystery peaks in the coming weeks and we get closer to Mare nailing the real killer. .
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