Halle Berry: Another Oscar nod for 'Frankie'?

Last week I had a chance to see Frankie & Alice, the Halle Berry drama that’s making a late entrance into the awards season. The former Best Actress winner for Monster’s Ball gives another strong, gutsy performance as a stripper with multiple-personality disorder (her other two personas are a racist white woman and, most arrestingly, a small child). Whether or not the film will be well-received enough for Berry to be able to challenge The Kids Are All Right‘s Annette Bening and Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman remains to be seen. But I’d certainly put her on the list of eight women (along with Bening, Portman, Kids‘ Julianne Moore, Winter’s Bone‘s Jennifer Lawrence, Another Year‘s Lesley Manville, Rabbit Hole‘s Nicole Kidman, and Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams) that have the best shot at filling out the five Best Actress slots this year.

The movie opens Dec. 10; in the meantime, here’s a first look at the film’s poster. Click the image above to see it full-size.


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  • bamalam

    so this is off topic…but all I’ve heard from the actress standpoint in the potential oscar race from Black Swan is about Natalie Portman. How is Mila Kunis in the film? Because she is the reason I’m interested in the film, however weird or unusual that may be.

    • Nick B

      I’ve heard good things about Kunis’ performance, but nothing hinting at an Oscar nomination. Though she did win an award at the Venice Film Festival for Best Young Actor/Actress.
      And you’re not alone. I love Natalie Portman, but I love Mila Kunis as well and am excited to see her in the film.

  • tiffany p.

    bamalam, I hear Mila Kunis is better than Natalie Portman in this movie.

  • Me

    I’ve seen Black Swan. Both Portman and Kunis are excellent. I wouldn’t say Kunis is better. She plays the polar opposite to Portman’s girlish and sexually-repressed character. Smoldering, sexy and fun-loving. Kunis doesn’t really have an arc, but that’s how her character is written. It’s Portman’s movie through and through, but Kunis is very impressive indeed.

  • Lisa

    I would be amazed if she is somehow not nominated

  • Jake

    Dave,

    Is Frankie & Alice any good? I almost laughed when I read Berry was playing a stripper with multiple-personality disorder, one of those personalities being a racist, because it sounds like satirical Oscar bait. Like a Jenna Maroney Oscar shot on 30 Rock. But is the movie good?

  • Ed

    I will run in the opposite direction when this movie appears…sounds like yet another bummer trying to be Deep (aka Precious). Wanna see a crazy stripper? Go to the nearest Spearmint Rhino and bring lots of $1 bills.

  • Brit

    Kidman better be nominated is all I know! Such a great performance!

  • George P.

    Thanks for the little review. I’m excited for the film, and I hope it doesn’t disappoint once it opens in Dec.

  • DICKDVD

    DAVE SHOULD LOSE HIS JOB, I SAW A PREVIEW AND SHE IS ROTTEN LIKE ALL THE OTHERS SHE MADE, SOMEONE MUST BE PAYING FOR THAT REVIEW DOING FAVORS. FORGET IT, PASS ON THIS MESS, HALLE DON’T GET IT

  • fancypants

    “Hard to Watch” based on the novel Stone Cold Bummer by Manipulate. lol

    • Adam

      Ha! Thank you for that, fancypants.

  • Amy

    Considering that Dave Krager’s idea of a great performance seems to be for the actor to have “screaming scenes”, something he makes a note of mentioning in all his reviews, I would imagine that is the case with Berry. Apparently, this film screened at Cannes, did ANYONE hear about it, then? goodluck to Berry, she certainly needs it.

  • RCG

    What are your laughing at? Frankie
    and Alice is a true story that Halle Berry produced. Fact is if you aren’t given an opportunity then then you will not win an Oscar. Look at the “casting”” for women’s roles this year. If Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, Annette Benning etc… were not white they wouldn’t be contenders. Does the race of the characters they portrayed even matter? Halle Berry produced and made “Frankie and Alice” and if she gets an Oscar nod from the Academy she will have made it happen for herself-and-earned it. She fought for the role in Monster’s Ball too. For certain you will never hear a white actress/actor complaining about a lack of diversity in Hollywood (because they benefit from it.) Why in 2010 are some folks upset about “ANY” woman of color getting a nomination? What possibly can a a woman that is not white take away from anyone in an industry that has since it’s inception been virtually a “Whites Only” club?

    • Gabe

      RCG, no one on this board said they don’t want her nominated because she’s black. They were just trying to see if her performance was any good, as they should do with all actors, no matter their race

  • James Wilson

    It is offical, Halle Berry will be competing for the Oscar again. She might loose to Bening who lost 3 times but she deserves a nomination. Best performance of the year for an actress. Last year was all about the women. This year, its all about the men. Halle easily leads the pack. I was lucky enough to go to a premier and I can say is that Halle would naturally combined characters into one which many thought she wouldnt do. Good movie, Great performance.

  • googie

    Playing someone with a split-personality is impossibly difficult! The only actress who nailed it was Joanne Woodard. And Berry certainly isn’t Woodward!

  • Renee

    @googie Joanne Woodward was wonderful in All about Eve, but it’s refreshing to see ANY woman of color actually have an opportunity to shine in a role that gives her range.

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