The Oscars Only Remember Marilyn Monroe As an Icon, Not as a Talent

The Oscars have certainly nominated their fair share of divisive movies and performances, but Andrew Dominik’s Blonde easily ranks among the most controversial films to receive any nominations in recent memory.

The adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe is the rare Nc-17 film to receive a major release, and shocked the Venice Film Festival when it debuted in September.

While international critics were somewhat mixed, the film earned nearly unanimous pans when it debuted on Netflix and in select American theaters for award season consideration.

Despite these responses, Ana de Armas received her first Academy Award nomination for her performance, an honor that Marilyn herself never received.

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