When you release a movie early in the year, the powers that be have a little trouble remembering that it exists. For example, out of the 15 Academy Award nominees for Best Picture since 2000, only three of the winners were films that were released before October, the start of “Academy season,” as it were.
Thankfully, the awards gods that power Hollywood didn’t let a little thing like an April release date make them forget sci-fi film Ex Machina, a truly wonderful 108-minute story about love, freedom, and what it really means to be a human being.
After being nominated for two Academy Awards, it won a richly deserved trophy for Best Visual Effects.
But to me, the Oscars and other major awards ceremonies forgot to give a little someone from that movie the recognition she deserved — a human actor named Alicia Vikander. She did get a nod for her role as Ava, a truly enchanting and unnerving artificial intelligence, at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs — but then she lost both awards to Kate Winslet for her performance in Steve Jobs. We must right this wrong! And thanks to her nomination for Best Female Performance at the MTV Movie Award this year, we can.
I know, you’re probably thinking of the Oscar she *literally* just won for her role as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl, another movie where Vikander showed how truly phenomenal she is as an actress, but dare I say, her role as Ava in Ex Machina is a little… bit… better.
(It’s now that I’d like to point out that The Danish Girl was released in late November, but she was still magnificent in that movie too please don’t send me any letters.)
I’m not here to minimize her work for anything else, so instead I’ll say that most folks who attempt to act like a humanoid robot end up looking something like this. But everything from Vikander’s ability to portray both innocence and deviousness at the same time to her seamless part-human/part-AI movement (for which she drew upon her ballet training) seemed more Audrey Hepburn than C-3PO.
I could send Vikander accolades for days about her spectacular blend of humanity and machinery in Ex Machina. But I’ll let her performance speak for itself and let Alicia creep you the F out all over again below.
If you’ve seen Vikander as Ava already, what are you waiting for? Vote for her so she can get the awards recognition she so richly deserves for Ex Machina before voting closes on Sunday, March 20.
And, be sure to tune in for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.