Last night during the Golden Globe Awards, 20th Century Fox premiered a new trailer for the spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence. As far back as 2014, director David Fincher and actress Rooney Mara were circling the project, looking to re-team for the first time since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That, of course, did not come to fruition, though the new trailer for the film not only suggests the influence of Fincher, but also that of Darren Aronofsky, whose last film, the divisive Mother!, also starred Lawrence. Directed by Francis Lawrence, Red Sparrow also stars Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons.
Matthias Schoenaerts (#1–10 of 2)
Since some of us at Slant regard the Oscar season cycle as an irresistible cinephile parlor game, and others among us as an annual month-long plunge into total masochism, it’s entirely appropriate that we start our winner predictions for what is shaping up to be a comparatively off-kilter year by ripping some of the stickiest bandages in one ruthless swoop. That’s right: Clear a path for those Oscar pool-deciding short-film categories. The shorts may have seen their cachet rise in the last few years as they’ve been collected in limited-release anthologies, but let’s be honest: These are still the only three categories not obsessively hooked up to the AMPAS EKG® by Sasha Stone and other full-time Oscar pundits over the course of an entire year, so predicting them paradoxically requires even more attention to be paid to those patterns Stone, et al. cling to in all the glamour categories.