Gabrielle Union finally gets an Oscar buzz for ‘Inspection’: ‘I think I’ve found the superhero origin story’

Gabrielle Union receives the best reviews for her career in A24’s ‘The Inspection’ – demonstrating that it’s never too late to make your mark on Hollywood. “I thought it was too late for me,” she says. diverseAwards Circle Podcast. “I’m treated like the geniuses I probably should have been after ‘Bad Boys 2.'” Your strength, strength, ability, and beauty don’t diminish with age, it changes. As long as you don’t fight transformation, it can be a beautiful second, third, fourth, or fifth chapter. My grandmother lived to be 110 and was her age [Phil] “Donahue”. I look forward to the next 50-60 years.”

In this episode of the award-winning Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, we talk with Union, who was recently nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards thanks to her work on Elegance Bratton’s “The Inspection.” She discusses her LGBTQ advocacy work, what’s next for her, and even throws shade at some media obsessions including “The Slap” at last year’s Academy Awards. Listen below:

“Inspection” tells the story of Ellis French (Jeremy Pope), a young black gay man, who is rejected by his mother, Inez (Union). With few options for his future, he decided to join the Marines, doing whatever it took to succeed in a system that would cast him aside.

Standing proudly beside Bob is Union’s best career turnaround as a French mother, a homophobic prison guard who can’t accept him for who he is. She delivers a little bit of Mo’Nique’s Oscar-winning role in Precious, and with a proper backing and already solid start, she’s up for her first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Union is unapologetically herself and doesn’t care what her naysayers say when she stands up for the ones she loves. “That bunch of bigots that wouldn’t spit in my direction if it was on fire? Those people? I can’t care less about them. Because I’ll never be able to live with myself, if I don’t say something. And watch my child, and so many children, old and young, suffer” .

In an era of divided culture and politics, diverse He asked Union to think about how Will Smith and Chris Rock might reconcile after slapping them during last year’s telecast. Union worked with both actors on separate previous films like “Bad Boys II” and “Top Five”.

“I think Chris and Will are two adults, they had a moment that was so public it probably should have happened 25 years ago, and it just festered, and it spilled over,” she shares. “Unfortunate timing. Whatever I may say to Will or Chris, I will tell them directly. But for the rest of us, there have been plenty of comments and opinion pieces about Henf. But then an eerie silence reminded me of when there was all this justified sadness about the gorilla, Harambe, in Cincinnati, but nothing said about the innocent black and brown butchered in the street by the state. It’s the same group of people talking about two very rich men.”

Union is ready to take on the world, and a recent trip to Africa with her family has changed her. “I know I’m just getting started. I think I’ve found my superhero origin story.”

Also in this episode, actress Claire Foy talks about the complexities of her role and working with a dynamic group of women in Sarah Polley’s emotional drama “Women Talking” from MGM and United Artists Releasing.

In addition, the roundtable discusses the latest changes at Disney that see the return of Bob Iger as CEO and the ouster of Bob Chapek after a turbulent year of scrutiny.

Variety’s “Awards Circuit” podcast, produced by Michael Schneider and also co-hosted with Clayton Davis, is the only listening experience for lively conversations about the best in film and TV. Every week, the Awards Circuit features interviews with top film and TV talents and creators. debates and debates about award races and industry headlines; And many, many more. Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download podcasts. New episodes published weekly.

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