Madonna's Oscar pick: 'The Tree of Life'
In an interview from her Sunset Boulevard home, which appears in Sunday's paper, the singer spoke about her new movie as a director, "W.E.," her nervousness about her upcoming Super Bowl performance and the sounds she's mining on her new album, "MDNA." Amid her many projects, Madonna, who is a member of the academy in the actor's branch, said she does make time to watch the screeners Oscar voters receive and had selected a top choice.
" 'Tree of Life' is stunningly beautiful. That’s my favorite," Madonna said. "I think it’s a spiritual, deeply profound movie. My mouth was hanging open the entire time I was watching it."
"W.E.," which Madonna co-wrote with Alek Keshishian, tells the story of Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), the American divorcee for whom Britain's King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) famously abdicated the throne in 1936.
As a filmmaker, Madonna said she is inspired by the singularity of vision reflected in "Tree of Life" director Terrence Malick's nonlinear drama starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Madonna's ex-husband, Sean Penn. The film, which chronicles the origins of the universe and a 1950s Texas family's tragic loss, was nominated for Oscars in the categories of best picture, director and cinematography.
"[Malick] really does make the movie he wants to make," Madonna said. "It’s completely and utterly authentic. And I feel like he really is channeling something without anybody else’s input. No one’s saying he should do that, he shouldn’t do that. He gets amazing performances out of his actors."
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Photo: Madonna on the set of "W.E." Credit: Anthony Souza/The Weinstein Co.