Scarlett Johansson’s “Her” Performance: An Oscar Game-Changer?

Posted Monday October 14, 2013 1:58 PM GMT

She can light up a screen like no one else, but Scarlett Johansson never actually appears during the forthcoming film “Her.”

The “We Bought a Zoo” babe plays a computer girlfriend in the Spike Jonze flick, and her voice performance is so good she may be nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award despite the fact that she’s never actually on camera.

After the weekend world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Scott Foundas of Variety wrote, "It's Johansson who pulls off the trickiest feat: She creates a complex, full-bodied character without any body at all. Detached from her lethally curvaceous figure, the actress' breathy contralto is no less seductive, but it also alights with tenderness and wonder as Samantha, both here on Earth and up there in the Cloud, voraciously devours literature, philosophy and human experience."

“Johansson's work in the film is lovely, and the best thing about the way she plays the part is that there's nothing calculated or 'sexy' about the way she approaches it. Removed from the undeniable sweater-girl appeal she packs when she's onscreen, forced to rely only on her voice, Johansson comes across as a warm, curious, vibrant personality. It's incredibly appealing," added Drew McWeeny of HitFix.

“Her” is slated to hit theaters on January 10th.



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