Brandon Cronenberg on Possessor Star Andrea Riseboroughs Oscar Surprise: Im Thrilled

Brandon Cronenberg on Possessor Star Andrea Riseboroughs Oscar Surprise: Im Thrilled ...

After a surprising, and seemingly last-minute, Academy Award marketing campaign, Andrea Riseborough has officially been nominated for a 2023 Oscar nominee. A-listers include Kate Winslet, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

After earning Riseborough her first Oscar nomination after starring in previous films like "Mandy," "Nocturnal Animals," and "Birdman," Blanchett ("TR"), Ana de Armas ("Blonde"), Michelle Williams ("The Fabelmans"), and Michelle Yeoh ("Everything Everywhere All at Once"

Riseborough said she's surprised by the nomination. "It's so hard to believe it might ever happen because we didn't have much support," the actress said.

She was previously nominated for Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards, and she also starred in "Amsterdam" and "Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical" this year.

Brandon Cronenberg, the helmer of "Infinity Pool," who directed her in "Possessor," is now debating Riseborough's rise to the 2023 Oscar nomination and what it means for independent films.

Cronenberg told IndieWire's Eric Kohn: "I'm thrilled for her. I'm not just saying this because I know her: I believe she is one of the best working actresses right now."

"It's strange, because on the one hand, I don't think from a creative standpoint those awards mean anything," Cronenberg said. However, I often don't feel that the films that win for Best Picture or the performances that win for Best Actor or Actress are the best performances of that year."

What does it mean if Riseborough and, in essence, "To Leslie" wins?

“If Andrea gets an Oscar nomination, or if she wins, it'll be huge for her career because it ends up I guess making her more visible in a way that ultimately leads financiers to become more comfortable with her,” Cronenberg said of Riseborough's indie-to-mainstream bankable crossover capability. “It's kind of obnoxious, but there's kind of no way around it.”

"I only need to win an Oscar, and I'll be fine," said the independent filmmaker.