- Diana Nyad praises Annette Bening, who played her in Netflix’s recently released biopic Nyad.
- Nyad specifically cites Bening’s dedication to swimming and the fact that he rarely uses stunt doubles, saying the images were barely distinguishable from those of a professional swimmer.
- With positive reviews and support from critics and Nyad herself, Bening is very likely to be considered for a potential Best Actress Oscar nomination.
The real subject of the new Netflix biopic Nyad praises the swimming skills of the actress who played her. Nyad stars Annette Bening as Diana Nyad, a professional swimmer who became the first woman to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. The film is co-directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, and also stars Jodie Foster as Nyad’s coach.
Speaking on a panel (in the presence of The Hollywood Reporter), Nyad herself sings Bening’s praises. Noting that the actor rarely used stunt doubles, Nyad highlights her swimming in the film, which she says impressed professional swimmers. Check out Nyad’s full quote below:
“Some days she swam eight hours a day. We professional swimmers looked at her in the footage and said, “You can’t say she’s not a professional swimmer.” You did it, girlfriend.
Annette Bening’s Nyad performance received massive acclaim
In portraying such a daunting athletic feat, Bening must have also demonstrated dedication Nyad, and swimming eight hours a day illustrates how impressive his training was for this role. Given the extreme fundamental achievement of the film, it’s heartening that the real-life subject admired this dedication so much.
With the film highly rated and the reviews and real-life subject matter on her side, Bening is well-positioned to turn her hours of swimming training into a potential Best Actress Oscar nomination.
Although this certainly means that the most comes from NyadBening’s real-life subject, she’s not the only one celebrating Bening’s performance. The actress received widespread praise for her lead role in the film. Even Nyad reviews that are negative have recognized it as a positive point, with RSMae Abdulbaki of Mae Abdulbaki, calling her performance “tenacious.“
Between the critical reception and Nyad’s own opinion, it is clear that Bening’s opinion Nyad performance is a force to be reckoned with this awards season. Although some critics found the film’s narrative itself lacking, NyadReviews have been mostly positive, holding an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. With the film highly rated and the reviews and real-life subject matter on her side, Bening is well-positioned to turn her hours of swimming training into a potential Best Actress Oscar nomination.
- Release date:
- Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
- Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, Rhys Ifans
- 121 minutes
- Biography, Drama, Sports
- Julia Cox
- Story by:
- Diana Nyad
- Images of the Black Bear, Mad Chance Productions