21 Jan

Premiere Up in the Air LA

I first met the 24-year-old actress Anna Kendrick back in September when we were seated across from each other at a dinner party following the Toronto premiere of Jason Reitman‘s “Up in the Air” (Paramount, 12/4, trailer), in which she plays a young “corporate downsizer” opposite George Clooney. Over the months since, we’ve crossed paths and chatted at several events on the awards circuit in New York and Los Angeles. And on Monday, we finally sat down for a formal interview about the unlikely journey that has already taken her from the shores of Portland, Maine to the bright lights of Broadway and on to the red carpets of Hollywood, and may yet take her to the Academy Awards.

At the moment, Kendrick is as much of an “It” girl as anyone. She recently starred in Catherine Hardwicke‘s “Twilight” and Chris Weitz‘s “New Moon,” both among the biggest box-office hits of all-time; her next role will be in another likely blockbuster, Edgar Wright‘s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”; and, in the meantime, she’s been working tirelessly for “Up in the Air” and garnering best supporting actress nominations (HFPA, SAG, BAFTA, BFCA, and OFCS) and wins (NBR) from seemingly every awards group out there. In all likelihood, her next accolade will be a best supporting actress nomination from the Academy, which would would make her one of the category’s youngest nominees — and potentially its seventh youngest winner — ever.

To listen to audio highlights of my discussion with Kendrick, click the links below…

Photo: Anna Kendrick at the Los Angeles premiere of “Up in the Air.” Credit: Associated Press.

2 Responses

  1. Kenneth Parson 21. Jan, 2010 10:03 pm #

    I really wish I had an AMPAS vote.

    I was listening to an ESPN podcast today with Bill Simmons. He interviewed Jason Reitman, and Jason touched on the subject of certain actors or actresses getting this sort of insane amount of momentum behind them when it comes to awards seasons. That these performances, whether or not they deserve the win, will end up getting it just because everyone said they will. And I think that’s applicable to what’s going on with Mo’Nique right now. Yeah, she was great in Precious. Totally wicked and evil and menacing and a very unique roll that very few people could probably tap into to obtain. But, I still think Anna was better. Her spunkiness, her intelligence, the mannerisms and the vulnerability, it was amazing. She killed the role.

    The only problem is, Mo’Nique has been hailed as the winner since the summer started, so I don’t think Anna has a shot. So wack.

  2. Danny King 21. Jan, 2010 11:38 pm #

    Great interview once again!

    She looks absolutely stunning in that photograph. Can’t wait to see what projects she takes on in the future.

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