ONTD graciously posted the photos of the upcoming hottie hopefuls for Oscar 2010. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh young meat, is there? Just kidding. It is funny how every year they bring out another slate and they really do serve them up like fresh meat, don’t they? How else to capture the attention of an attention-deficit riddled culture? No one had to bring sexy back. It’s here and it’s here to stay.
Nonetheless, brushing aside the need to sell the fresh meat, these actresses really have shown that they have the stuff to really make it. And with no further ado, the Oscar Hotties of 2010, female.
From W Magazine—after the cut.
The Brave Ones
Unlike other generations of actresses, none of these eight women are living in the margins of men. They‚Äôre creating complex characters that are often at the center of the film. Jennifer Lawrence headlines a generation of fearless, fiercely talented actresses who are putting the boys to shame.
September Issue of W magazine Covers:
Yaya DaCosta, Jennifer Lawrence, Greta Gerwig,
Kat Dennings, Jessica Chastain, Zo√´ Kravitz,Emma Roberts, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
‚ÄúMy first audition was for a commercial for the lottery. I didn‚Äôt get it, so I hate the lottery.‚Äù Since that rejection, Dennings, 24, has become an indie favorite‚Äîthe smart, seductive, prickly downtown darling in such movies as Nick and Norah‚Äôs Infinite Playlist and Charlie Bartlett. Her curves and her attitude‚Äîbemused but sweet, self-aware but curious‚Äîset her apart from other young actresses. As a kid growing up near Philadelphia, ‚ÄúI wanted to be Christopher Walken,‚Äù Dennings says. ‚ÄúI saw a film version of Puss in Boots, and he was Puss. He had a mouse tail hanging out of his mouth, and he said ‚ÄòGrowl‚Äô as only Chris Walken can. That performance made me want to be an actor.‚Äù
‚ÄúI always wanted to be an actress, and my first audition, when I was nine, was for Blow, playing Johnny Depp‚Äôs daughter. I think everyone in my family was shocked because they sent me on the audition to kind of shut me up about the acting thing.‚Äù Roberts, 19, has been acting in movies from that point forward, playing everything from Nancy Drew to an orphan who runs a hotel for dogs to a troubled teenager in It‚Äôs Kind of a Funny Story, which is out September 24. Like her aunt Julia, Emma has an all-American sunniness mixed with an attraction to darker subjects. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know that I‚Äôd do a full-on nude scene, ever,‚Äù Roberts says. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve never had a full-on sex scene‚Ä¶but we‚Äôll see.‚Äù
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
‚ÄúI would love to know what it‚Äôs like to be blond, but every time I mention the possibility of going blond, people act like the world‚Äôs going to come to an end. I will say that having pink hair was really fun.‚Äù Winstead went pink (and blue and green and red) in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which was released in August. A veteran of television, she was cast by Quentin Tarantino as a snappy, sexy actress in 2007‚Äôs Death Proof. ‚ÄúIt was never explained why my character was in a cheerleader‚Äôs uniform for the entire film,‚Äù Winstead says. ‚ÄúBut the outfit made it easy to get into character.‚Äù
‚ÄúWhen I was young, I wanted to be able to read minds. I would try to do that with my dogs. It didn‚Äôt work.‚Äù With a mysterious quality that seems at once innocent and worldly, Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, has defied racial stereotypes. The script for The Brave One, in which Kravitz gave a startling performance, had called for a European-accented blond, but the actress‚Äôs audition demanded a total rethink. ‚ÄúI‚Äôm a pretty obnoxious person,‚Äù Kravitz says, ‚Äúso I‚Äôll make a sex scene as uncomfortable as I can just to break the ice.‚Äù
‚ÄúI grew up in Sacramento, and it seemed like movies were handed down from gods.‚Äù Gerwig, who earlier this year starred opposite Ben Stiller in Greenberg, began her acting career as the leading lady of Mumblecore. The movement was born when a group of filmmakers met at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, and decided to make movies together. The budgets were minuscule and the films largely improvised, but the acting was fresh and realistic and vibrant in the style of John Cassavetes. ‚ÄúA lot of Mumblecore was about awkwardness, especially with sex,‚Äù Gerwig says. ‚ÄúI think a lot of sex is very awkward. Instances of awkward lovemaking probably outpace instances of beautiful, seamless lovemaking, at least in my experience.‚Äù
‚ÄúAs a kid I wasn‚Äôt shy. I‚Äôm an extrovert who wants to be an introvert.‚Äù Lawrence‚Äôs lack of shyness has resulted in one of the boldest performances of 2010: her Ree Dolly in Winter‚Äôs Bone. Like many actresses of her generation, Lawrence started young‚Äîat 14, she left her home in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to New York. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if I was driven or stubborn or both,‚Äù she explains. ‚ÄúBut I didn‚Äôt think I could fail.‚Äù
‚ÄúI want to do a silent film, even though it‚Äôs out of fashion now.‚Äù DaCosta, who studied dance as a child, has an innate stillness and elegance that would be ideal for the cinematic intensity of images without words. In 2009‚Äôs The Messenger she played an army wife who has lost her husband, and her grief went beyond speech. Similarly, when Mark Ruffalo tells her character in The Kids Are All Right that he wants to end their relationship, the shock and pain are registered in her eyes. ‚ÄúI grew up watching a lot of old stuff,‚Äù DaCosta says. ‚ÄúThe first movie I remember seeing was The Red Balloon, which is silent, and it made me feel things that I‚Äôd love to make other people feel.‚Äù
‚ÄúI was the girl who never thought I‚Äôd be anything but an actor, so what I‚Äôve really had to struggle with is having patience.‚Äù Born in Northern California and a graduate of Juilliard, Chastain was cast by reclusive director Terrence Malick to star opposite Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in The Tree of Life, in theaters this fall. He may have seen her performance in Salome, opposite Al Pacino, where she did the Dance of the Seven Veils. ‚ÄúMy character‚Äôs goal was to give herself away,‚Äù Chastain says. ‚ÄúTo be completely naked. So I went to some strip clubs in L.A. just to be, like, Okay, this is normal. There‚Äôs nothing taboo about it.‚Äù
But meanwhile, from the actual article on the women (yes, virginia, there is an actual article), Jennifer Lawrence wants to know ‚ÄúWhere are the Robert Redfords and Paul Newmans of my age group? I love James Franco, but where‚Äôs the next James Franco? Where are the hunks who can act?‚Äù — I think she means, why aren’t there more hottie spreads of young men with dick-sucking lips and lustful stares? ¬†They exist. ¬†They just aren’t often displayed as tasty treats. ¬†And they damned well should be.