She won an Oscar for her dramatic and emotional work in Monster’s Ball and now, Halle Berry, is aiming for a bookend. In her new film, Frankie & Alice, which she co-produced, Berry plays a woman struggling with multiple personality disorder. Judging from the trailer for this psychological thriller, Berry looks like she will be a strong contender for this year’s race. Unfortunately, it’s perhaps the most crowded Best Actress race in history (or at least in the last few decades). You see you have front-runners Annette Bening (The Kids are Alright), Julianne Moore (The Kids Are Alright), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) to contend with. Then comes another tier of deserving ladies including Lesley Manville (Another Year), Hilary Swank (Conviction), Diane Lane (Secretariat), Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs), Sally Hawkins (Made in Dagenham) along with wild cards Tilda Swinton (I Am Love), Naomi Watts (Fair Game), and Reese Witherspoon (How Do You Know?). We’ll see how Halle fairs in the weeks ahead as the film hits theatres in late December. I think she’s a lock for a Golden Globe Drama nom, but may slip through the cracks at Oscar time unless she does some serious campaigning (which she’s already doing). Take a look at Halle in the new trailer for Frankie & Alice below and let me know if you think she can break into the Best Actress race this year.
Frankie & Alice trailer