Sunday, April 21, 2024

Annette Bening in “20th Century Women” Chosen by New York Film Fest as Centerpiece Screening


It’s really going to be Annette Bening’s year in film. She stars in Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” which has been chosen as the centerpiece screening of the New York Film Festival. It will screen on October 8th.

Bening co-stars with Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup.

“20th Century Women” is directed by Mike Mills– not the Mike Mills from REM, but the one who directed two terrific films, “Beginners” with Christopher Plummer and “Thumbsucker,” a comedy everyone should check out on Amazon or wherever. He’s married to Miranda July, a novelist who also made a charming film called “Me and You and Everyone We Know.”

Bening is also featured in husband Warren Beatty’s “Rules Don’t Apply.” By my count she’s been denied the Oscar twice, for “American Beauty” and “Being Julia.” This might be her year. So far we’ve got Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Helen Mirren in “Eye in the Sky” and maybe Anna Gunn in “Equity.” But we’ve got a lot more coming including Viola Davis in “Fences,” Lupita Nyong’o in “Queen of Katwe,” and lots of question marks.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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