Scarlett Johansson has had a very busy and successful couple of years, but she could make history this year as the first person to actually be nominated for an Oscar for a voice-over role. Every few years, the industry seems to start having these debates over motion-caption performances and voice-over performances, but Scarlett's performance is reportedly so powerful in Spike Jonze's 'Her' that it's seriously sparking debate.
She's already picked up the Best Actress Award at the Rome Film Festival for her work in 'Her', which marks a first for the festival as well. Reviews for the film have pretty much been unanimous across the board, with praise for Joaquin Phoenix in the lead and Spike Jonze's screenplay in particular.
But most critics agree that it's Scarlett's performance that gives the movie its beating heart, and they all agree that she managed to pull off an incredibly difficult feat by helping the premise stay away from cliches tropes or cheese.
'Her' is in limited release towards mid-December, but it's not until January that it goes wide, undoubtedly hoping to capitalize on Oscar buzz. In addition to Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, the film also stars Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara.