BOSTON - The Academy Awards are set to air this Sunday and it has sent the entire New England community into a frenzy trying to figure out which stars from Boston will fare the best over the weekend. After all, Super Bowl weekend in New England was dominated by Tom Brady rumors and a big game ad featuring Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch, and David Ortiz. But now, it's Oscars week and a number of local celebrities will be getting in on the fun.
Of course, even though Uncut Gems was snubbed at the nominations ceremony, the actual awards will have plenty of representation, including movies like Little Women and Knives Out, which were both filmed in Massachusetts.
There will also be representation from local celebrities on the presenting side of things. Mindy Kaling, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will present an award during the ceremony, as announced by the official Academy Awards website. Who knows? Maybe she will even give an award to Little Women. Kaling has starred in television series like The Office and The Mindy Project, but with film roles like Late Night and A Wrinkle in Time, it is clear that the Cambridge representation is now A-list talent in Hollywood.
In the press release, it was announced that people like Shia LaBeouf, Maya Rudolph, Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Ruffalo, and Little Women's own Timothee Chalamet, among others, will also be presenting at the 92nd Oscars ceremony.
But it hasn't all been sunshine and roses for our local talent who became big stars. Ben Affleck's new movie, The Last Thing He Wanted, a thriller from Dee Rees that also stars Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe, has been universally panned since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. The Bostonian's first major foray into the world of streaming (Netflix will debut the film on their service on February 21) currently has a 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, out of sixteen total reviews.
Regarding Affleck's performance, RogerEbert.com's Nick Allen wrote, "[his] approach to playing CIA official Treat Morrison is to speak lowly and with a glum face." We are always rooting for our local stars, but it seems like not all of them are going to have the best February. The movie will be available right in your living room, though, so who knows? Maybe it's worth a go anyway.
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