Lily Gladstone is standing up for Devery Jacobs, her co-star on Reservation Dogs, when it comes to Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese’s film about the Osage murders.

The Echo star’s comments on the movie Killers of the Flower Moon, in which Jacobs called the viewing experience “hellfire,” were briefly addressed by the Golden Globe winner. The movie tells the story of the “reign of terror,” which was a series of unsolved white American killings committed as part of a scheme to embezzle money from the Osage tribe, who had been granted mineral rights, including oil leases, on their reservation.

White males guarded their Osage partner’s estate by marrying tribal women, which was one way this was done. Gladstone portrays Mollie Burkhart in the movie, an Osage lady who is pursued by her husband Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) for their oil headrights on their Oklahoma reservation, along with her family.

Gladstone on friendship

According to Gladstone, who spoke with Rolling Stone about their friendship, Jacobs let the Killers of the Flower Moon star stay “on her couch in Toronto when Certain Women played at TIFF.” Gladstone stated that she did not “want to bring heat back on [Jacobs] for this because I think that’s unfair” in her capacity as a fellow Native American woman. Her response is unique to her.

The writer and star of Unknown Country continued, saying that responses such to Jacobs’ are “a response to a lot of trauma that Native women feel seeing these things for the first time.

She went on, “The Osage people have given their life to comprehend this history.  Many people were able to voice their opinions throughout the filming of this film. What matters most to me is Osage’s response at the end.

Although the film’s Indigenous representation received a lot of attention, Jacobs wasn’t the only one to criticize the white-led narrative. Christopher Cote, the movie’s Osage language consultant, told The Hollywood Reporter that he had “some strong opinions” after seeing the movie.

As an Osage, I truly wanted to write this from Mollie’s and her family’s point of view, but I believe that would require another Osage,” Cote said. Since Martin Scorsese is not Osage, I believe he did a fantastic job portraying our people. However, since Ernest Burkhart is nearly entirely absent from this history, they kind of give him a conscience and show that love exists. But it’s hardly love when someone plans to kill your whole family. That is just beyond abuse; it is not love.

For her part in the movie, Gladstone received the Golden Globe last Sunday in the drama category for best performance by a female actress in a motion picture, which was a first for the Indigenous performing community and the awards ceremony. She is presently a favorite to win the Academy Award and is anticipated to be one of the best actress nominees.

Killers of the Flower Moon may be Nominees in 2024

Nominees in the feature competition of the 2024 American Society of Cinematographers Awards include Robbie Ryan’s photography of Yorgos Lanthimos’ fantasy film Poor Things and Rodrigo Prieto’s lensing of Martin Scorsese’s drama Killers of the Flower Moon. The ceremony takes place on March 3 at the Beverly Hilton.

They are nominated with Edward Lachman for the Pablo Larraín film El Conde, Matthew Libatique for the Bradley Cooper film Maestro, which is based on Leonard Berstein, and Hoyte van Hoytema for the Christopher Nolan movie Oppenheimer. Each of the five Oscar-nominated DPs is vying for their first victory; they are all former ASC nominees. Lachman, who won the 2017 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award, has worked on films such as Carol and Far from Heaven. Prieto’s work this year also features Barbie, played by Greta Gerwig.

Mandy Walker, an Elvis cinematographer, was the first female winner of the ASC feature competition a year ago. James Friend, the DP of All Quiet on the Western Front, went on to win the Oscar. The ASC feature competition winner has also won the Oscar for cinematography seven times in the past ten years.

The New Boy, an Australian film that won the Camerimage Golden Frog, is the subject of this year’s ASC Spotlight Award nominations. Other nominees include Eric Branco for Story Ave. and Krum Rodriguez for Citizen Saint. Warwick Thornton is the writer, director, and cinematographer. The cinematography in independent, foreign, or art house films is honored with the ASC Spotlight Award.

Among the ASC contenders this year are M. David Mullen, who won an Emmy last weekend for his work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s last season, and Jon Joffin, who is a double nomination for both Jon Bryant’s At Home music video and Schmigadoon, a half-hour series.

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