A question that’s rarely asked among fans and pundits, is this Keira Knightley’s time to win an Oscar? The two-time Oscar nominee may not be seen as overdue. But her overall filmography suggests an eventual win. Knightley’s ability to tackle any genre proves her potential regardless of what project that comes her way. Whether it can finally happen this year, though, remains to be seen.
Knightley has two potential Best Actress plays. One is “The Aftermath,” a WWII drama released this past spring. With a 28% Rotten Tomatoes score, “The Aftermath” likely won’t put her in the conversation. Its dismal box office and early release certainly won’t help. Even though her performance received positive acclaim, the movie’s underperformance is hard to overcome.
Then there’s “Official Secrets” where she plays Katharine Gun, a real-life whistleblower. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and once again, Knightley earned acclaim for her work. In addition, “Official Secrets” has a 75% Rotten Tomatoes score which is an added benefit. Between both performances, we think “Official Secrets” is her best bet. Although, her performance is ranked 40th on our current Lead Actress predictions.
It’s set to be a competitive Lead Actress field. That being said, it isn’t the first time Knightley has had trouble in a packed field. Just last year, “Colette” earned respectable reviews and box office, but Knightley still couldn’t overcome the crowded competition. She was previously in the running for “Atonement,” a Best Picture nominee from 2007. Knightley even garnered a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination. Yet, the Lead Actress field that year still proved to be competitive.
Ultimately, it doesn’t feel like it’s Knightley’s year, but the actress still has time. If it’s a weaker year and she has the right role, Knightley will surely receive her own coveted trophy.