Likely to be nominated for:
What it’s about:
Based on the New York Times bestselling book by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl stars Pike and Ben Affleck and is directred by David Fincher. The film, one of the most anticipated films of the year, is about a couple who have been married for five years. On their anniversary, Amy goes missing and her husband, Nick is accused of his wife’s disappearance.
Why she could be nominated:
Pike turns the book’s version of Amy – plucky but smart and resourceful – into someone much darker, and colder, as a meta comment on the Hitchcock blonde. Pike’s Amy looks like she couldn’t exist in the real world, a walking and talking paper doll with a whole cast of characters buried deeply beneath. It is no easy task bringing the Fincher version of the Gillian Flynn character to life. It required she let go of the serene exterior for which she’s known. Pike is the mystery girl behind the posters that only readers of the book were clued in on, but even in that case she delivered a surprising Amy. Fincher’s film rests on Amy shoulders and Pike turns the whole thing on a smile, a look, everything subverted and directed exactly where she wants it to go. A feminist icon? No way. An original monster for all time? Absolutely.
Awards nominated for/won for Gone Girl:
Online Film Critics
Phoenix Film Critics
St. Louis Film Critics
Kansas City Film Critics
San Diego Film Critics
Pike has never been nominated for an Academy Award.
What the critics are saying:
Robbie Collin of The Telegraph wrote: “Pike, who’s so often quietly admirable in films of varying quality, has waited more than a decade for a role this juicy, but what amazes you is how methodically she seizes on it: not with the hungry pounce and rip of a wild cat, but the rhythmic constrictions of an anaconda. Amy is the best thing Pike has ever done: her performance is taut and poised.”The Wall Street Journal said, “She’s a star presence here from her very first scene; it’s even rewarding, given her expressive voice, to hear her reading from Amy’s diary entries.”