LOS ANGELES – The Oscars gave Jessica Chastain a kind look.
She won the Academy Award for best actress Sunday night for “Tammy Faye’s Eyes,” in which she portrayed the rise and fall and redemption of messenger Tammy Faye Bakker.
Chastain emerged as the Oscars’ favorite at the end of the season, earning an upset win at the SAG Awards before taking on more Critics’ Choice honors for a released film. six months ago.
However, at this point, she was surprised.
“I still can’t understand that I’m holding an Oscar,” Chastain said backstage.
Besides acting, Chastain is one of the producers of the film. She directed the project for years after first purchasing the rights to Bakker’s life in 2012, when she watched the documentary on which the film is based. Bakker died of cancer at the age of 65 in 2007.
“It’s special to be part of a film that means to me in that it fights injustice. It re-examines a life,” she said backstage. “It was so important to give each other flowers while we were still alive, and I feel as though we missed that opportunity with Tammy Faye.”
Chastain said she was texting with Bakker’s children during the broadcast.
In accepting the trophy from Anthony Hopkins, Chastain noted that violence against minorities and suicide are the leading causes of death for the LGBTQ community, saying she was inspired by Bakker’s compassion.
“I was inspired by her radical acts of love,” says Chastain. “I was inspired by her compassion and I see it as a guide to guide us forward.”
Chastain joins a long list of actors who have won over playing a celebrity, including Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” in 2011.
Chastain is almost unrecognizable in the film due to the physical transformation she underwent to play Bakker over the course of 30 years. She wears prosthetics on her face, makes dentures for certain scenes, and changes her hairstyle and hair color.
The film also won Oscars for makeup and hairstyling.
Chastain sings some of the songs from the movie. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the performance but not the script. The film grossed US$2.7 million during its theatrical run before being released online.
Chastain has been nominated for an Academy Award twice before but failed to win – in 2012 for a supporting actress in “The Help” and in 2013 for best actress in “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Chastain, who turned 45 on Thursday, was raised by a single mother in Sacramento, California. She pursued her love of acting at the city’s junior college and later attended Julliard on a scholarship funded by alumnus Robin Williams.
Chastain won against Olivia Colman of “The Lost Daughter”, Penélope Cruz of “Parallel Mothers”, Nicole Kidman of “Being the Ricardos” and Kristen Stewart of “Spencer”.