Florence Pugh gave audiences a new perspective on the bratty Amy March from “Little Women” — and received an Oscar nomination for it on Monday.
“Did you see how feisty and powerful she was?” Pugh told TheWrap shortly after her Oscar nomination. “I never believed in my wildest dreams to get an Oscar nomination. What an amazing character to get it for and what an amazing breakthrough for her and the book and [director] Greta Gerwig — without Greta pulling it out, it wouldn’t be happening. Amy has had a redo, and people have appreciated it.”
Pugh is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”) and Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”). “Little Women” received six nominations overall, including for Saoirse Ronan for Best Actor, as well as for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score. Gerwig, however, was shut out in the Best Director category.
“I’m just so happy that Alexandre Desplat got a nomination — his score really moves the film,” Pugh explained. However, she was just as sad about Gerwig not getting a nomination in the Best Director category as everyone else.
“I haven’t spoken to [Greta] yet, but it is sad that we had three months of conversations to maybe change and they didn’t,” Pugh said. “I’ve been saying this all along: Greta made a film about women and relationships with money and working in a man’s world, and this highlights it. I don’t know what the solution is, I don’t know how to solve it. Also this year we had the most films written, directed and produced by women, so it’s not like there isn’t content out there — there is. We have to adjust.”