Annette Bening Dives Back Into Oscar Fray With ‘20th Century Women’ Trailer

It’s been five years since Mike Mills’ “Beginners” made an Oscar winner, finally, of actor Christopher Plummer. Can he get Annette Bening there with “20th Century Women?”

That will no doubt be the aim for A24, the indie distributor that ushered Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” through the season last year, culminating in a best actress Oscar for Brie Larson. Bening has been nominated four times and, depending on how the race shakes out, could be perceived as the most overdue actress in the race.

The first teaser trailer for “20th Century Women” hit this morning and it sets Mills’ scene: 1979 Santa Barbara. Jimmy Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech leads the way in what looks to be another humanist portrait from writer-director Mills, with Bening as a single mother, Greta Gerwig as a pink-haired free spirit helping her raise her son, Jamie, and Elle Fanning as the neighbor who’s caught his eye.

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  1. Tender Puppy! says:

    At last! This looks very good. This could be exactly the role Bening needs to win, but is it enough to topple Stone in the Dujardin-esque zeitgeist role, which many have said is Stone’s best to date? I’m really wondering if they wanna push Davis as lead or let her go supporting. I know she won the leading actress Tony, but Mary Alice won featured actress. I guess it depends on the campaign strategy. Best Actress could be such a bloodbath this year. And if she goes supporting, she’d probably be a surefire win over Williams and Harris, but it’s too soon to tell. Oy.

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