Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Jean Smart’s Cup Runneth Over: Actress Will Miss Opening of Breakout Toronto Film So She Can Be at Emmy Awards


Jean Smart is really having an extraordinary moment. Last year she was nominated for two Emmy Awards– for “Mare of Easttown” and “Hacks.” And of course she won Best Actress in a Comedy for “Hacks.”

This year she’s up again for Best Actress in a Comedy for “Hacks.” That’s a good thing. But because the Emmys have been pushed up a week earlier than usual, Smart will miss an important event 3,000 miles away: the Toronto International Film Festival.

Smart’s cup runneth over: in addition to “Hacks,” Smart co-stars in a breakout indie film coming to the Toronto Film Festival. It’s called “Wildflower,” directed by Matt Smukler. The other big names in are Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men” fame, Alexandra Daddario of “White Lotus,” and Charlie Plummer.

Daddario is also nominated for “White Lotus.” But she may make the TIFF premiere of “Wildflower.” Smart is going to miss it, stuck in L.A. where she has a good chance of repeating her Emmy win unless Rachel Brosnahan — whose “Marvelous Mrs, Maisel” didn’t have a season last time around — returns to reclaim her title.

Some of the producers behind “Wildflower” are the same people who brought to Toronto in previous years hit films like “Captain Fantastic” and “Half Nelson.” “Wildflower” doesn’t have a distributor yet, but as with those films, when it’s shown in Toronto the bidding wars will be intense. As for Smart, it’s a bounty of riches some 30 years after she had a hit run in TV’s “Designing Women.”

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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