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Circuit Consideration 2019: Sienna Miller for ‘American Woman’ (Best Actress)

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The hardest part about any given awards season is watching performances deserving of attention be ignored. There are many factors but the most prominent is visibility. Sienna Miller‘s stunning and career-best performance in Jake Scott’s “American Woman” hasn’t been nominated by any groups so far and is likely to continue to go overlooked. That should change.

Miller has always been a great actress, often regulated to supporting roles. Every so often, she gets to be front-and-center (“Factory Girl”) and audiences are gifted the chance to see what Miller can do. “American Woman” allows her to live so deeply and empathetically inside the role of Debra. The beauty of Miller’s performance is its lack of flash. It’s a stripped-down, soul-bearing look at grief and what comes after.

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Debra is the tough-talking, beer-drinking black sheep of her family. She has a teenage daughter, who goes missing. Debra starts knocking on doors and following anything resembling a lead she has about where her daughter could be. Days and weeks turn to months and there is no sign of Debra’s daughter. She begins to assume the worst without ever losing a shred of hope her daughter will walk through the door.

As any mother would, Debra wonders if she could have been a better parent. “American Woman” isn’t a missing persons procedural but about one woman’s journey through grief. Miller’s performance runs a gaunlet of emotions. How can she live with the guilt she feels about her daughter going missing? As the movie progresses, life slowly begins to move forward. Miller takes us on Debra’s journey with her and shows us life after heartache. It never goes away. It doesn’t get easier. Life simply finds a way.

Miller’s performance is a balancing act. One minute Debra is brash and yelling at someone, the next she is taking in a quiet moment when the plot reveals itself. Miller calibrates her performance to every moment of Debra’s trajectory. “American Woman” might not have one cent to spend on a marketing campaign but her performance speaks for itself. It’s the best leading actress performance of 2019.

Do you think Sienna Miller should be nominated for “American Woman?” Let us know in the comments below!

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DENNIS A SOMMESE

SiEnna is a great great dedicated actor/actress. Her performance in “American Woman” (2019) Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment, is superlative. The entire cast and crew was too. Great movie. This was a Independent film. This means it does not start off with the huge budget and Big Studio assistance. Luckily it did have some backing by the famous Director/Producer Sir Ridley Scott, of the UK. (ALIEN movies). Jake Scott is Son Of RidlelyScott and did a fine fine job making the film. Agree that it should be considered for Best Independent Film and Best Actress SiEnna Miller. Agree with article… Read more »

DENNIS A SOMMESE

Agree. “American Woman” (2019) Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment is Great great film. SiEnna Miller is a fine dedicated diligent lovely talented brilliant actress. She should get Best Actress Award. See my previous comment for all details.

LASER ST.GEORGE

Agree. “American Woman” (2019). Excellent work by Ms. Sienna Miller. Truly awe inspiring. Very very worthy of Best Actress Award and Best Independent Film. For additional accolades and information please visit Facebook Fan Page @4MostBeautifulSiEnna. Many many links to numerous interviews, reviews and recommendations. LIKE.

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