Scarlett Johansson is turning 38 years old today. Since making her acting debut in 1994’s North, the thrice Academy Award-nominated actress has been mesmerizing audiences with her abilities. She has attained widespread recognition as a result of her portrayal of Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition, the beloved character gets her own standalone film in 2021’s Black Widow, which also happens to be the actress’ most recent live-action role. However, fans can celebrate as Johansson will return in the next Wes Anderson film Asteroid City and the Apple Studios space race film Project Artemis.
Charlotte in Lost in Translation (2003)
In Sofia Coppola’s second film, a sweet love tale between an experienced actor (Bill Murray) and the hesitant Charlotte, the young wife of a photographer, Johansson gave one of the first real glimpses of her potential. As she moved through an opulent hotel in a hyperreal Tokyo, Johansson depicted a persona that was extremely fragile and full of emptiness, alienation, and absurdity. Even against established actors like Murray, the young actress of the time maintained her composure. The Academy later recognised Lost in Translation as having the best original screenplay.
Nola Rice in Match Point (2005)
Johansson was Woody Allen’s creative inspiration for many years. In their debut film together, Match Point, Johansson created one of her most seductive personas. In a nutshell, the plot centers on a retired tennis champion (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who develops feelings for a struggling actress (Scarlett Johansson) who is dating his soon-to-be brother-in-law (Matthew Goode). Match Point revitalized Allen’s career and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, Allen and Johansson collaborated on Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona’s wonderful love triangle plot (2008).
Scarlett Johansson Participates in Kristin Scott Thomas’ Debut Film, “My Mother’s Wedding,”
Samantha in Her (2013)
One of the best Scarlett Johansson drama films lacks any scenes when the acclaimed actress is physically present. Only Spike Jonze’s excellent direction, Joaquin Phoenix’s strong acting, and Johansson’s warm and seductive voice made that possible. The Oscar-winning narrative centers on Phoenix, an introverted writer who falls in love with Samantha, an AI (Johansson). Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde were featured in the cast, but Johansson outshone them all with the mere sound of her voice.
Nicole Barber in Marriage Story (2019)
Johansson most likely showed her artistic maturity in 2019 when she exhibited it to its fullest. The actress, who was born in New York City, made a career out of playing femme Fatales, and for good reason. She is portrayed in Noah Baumbach’s story as a weak person on the verge of despair.
She collaborated with Adam Driver, a rising star in Hollywood, to portray a couple whose marriage is in trouble. The only cast member to win an Academy Award was Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress, despite the fact that Driver and Johansson were both nominated for Best Actor and Actress at the Oscars. Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, and Merritt Wever were also included in the cast.
Rosie Betzler in Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Stories from World War II frequently convey a message of hope while still requiring significant sacrifice. The story follows Johannes, a young boy who, with the aid of his fictitious friend Adolf Hitler, navigates a challenging period in his life. It’s unfortunate that his mother, Johansson, is keeping a Jewish girl hidden in their home. In her role as a single mother who must prepare her son for life’s challenges, Johansson skillfully balanced the film’s happy and heartbreaking scenes. Six Academy Award nominations for Jojo Rabbit were received, including one for Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson. In the end, the Academy passed over Johansson’s efforts that year, and Dern, Johansson’s co-star in Marriage Story, won the highly sought Oscar.