There have already been a number of leading ladies who have solidified their position in the Best Actress Oscar nomination race, with Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" and Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" clear frontrunners. But one of the biggest X-factors in the category has been Nicole Kidman's role as Grace Kelly in "Grace of Monaco."
The biopic, directed by Olivier Dahan, who tackled the similarly larger-than-life figure of Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose," is scheduled to be released on November 27 -- right in the heat of gladiatorial Oscar combat -- and the new trailer for the film more or less cements the fact that "Grace" is going to be a contender.
While we don't hear or see Nicole Kidman speak as Grace Kelly, we are treated to voiceover narration by Frank Langella, who sums things up nicely: "You are the fairy tale, the serenity to which we all aspire." The trailer languishes over shots of glittery opulence, luxuriating in Kidman's face and figure, without giving anything away in terms of plot specifics or even the supporting cast (which includes Tim Roth, Langella, Parker Posey, and Paz Vega).
Grace Kelly, as both a Hollywood actress and a princess of Monaco, was a symbol of refined wealth and beauty, and the trailer gives off a similar impression. From a purely photographic standpoint, the movie looks gorgeous, and we cannot wait to see and hear more of it. Still: consider the gauntlet to be thrown. Now that Naomi Watts is out of the running following the laughable reception to her Princess Diana movie ("Diana"), Kidman looks like she could capture the prized based-on-a-real-person nomination.