Thanks to faithful reader Murtada for pointing this out. The tumblr Heavenly Rush recently shared a personal experience of a trip from Chicago to Sag Harbor where the author met one of TFE's favorite current actresses Sarah Paulson. The American Horror Story star has already wrapped her scenes for Todd Haynes's lesbian drama Carol (headlined by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as new lovers - Paulson's the ex-girlfriend) and she's currently on stage in the play "Conviction" with Garrett Dillahunt at the Bay Street Theater.
I'm sharing a part of it that post here that I know you Oscar obsessives will love. It touches on last year's Oscar race and the next one as well as upcoming Oscar Category Fraud woes. ("M" is the author and "S" is Sarah Paulson though the conversation is obviously paraphrased from super excited fan memory.)
M: You are gonna win the Oscar for Carol.
S: That’s sweet, but I don’t think so.
M: I just finished the book, and if you got to do all those scenes, you are totally winning a fucking Oscar … did you get to do all of Abbys scenes from the book?
S: No, they changed the one at the bar to Cate’s house in her kitchen, and moved another one to a dinner and they created a whole new one for the movie.
M: But did you get to do all the stuff on the phone?
S: Yes, I did do that.
M: If you got to say “you win”, you are totally getting a nom!
S: Well, if Harvey has it his way they will put up 2. Cate and Rooney and they will forget about me
M: but you know how when a supporting actress is in a movie for mins., and it’s incredible and they win? I think that’s going to be you!
S: I don’t know … maybe.
M: like how you should have won for 12 years
S: yeah, but no one is gonna give an Oscar to a white bitch that hurts Lupita.
Ha! Love Paulson so much. So admirable that she doesn't self-censor in public or in interviews (as we discovered here at TFE when we talked to her). You can read more about this fan's adventure and meeting with the actress at Heavenly Rush.
As for Lupita Nyong'o. Word came this morning that the Star Wars Episode VII casting happened after all... just as that film starts shooting. Her role is still under wraps. I'm thrilled that someone finally cast her in *something*. I personally think she's way better than a presumably small part in a very old franchise, but it's a start! Still and all, Hollywood ought to be ridiculously ashamed of how long it's taken anyone to sign this beautiful talented instant celebrity on to anything that would make use of that beauty and talent.
To put it frankly: we have a surpluss of celebrities in this workd that are good for little more than being attractive and showing up at glamorous events. Lupita obviously has a lot more to offer than that, so it's nice that she'll be doing something in front of the camera again besides posing on a red carpet.