It is very likely we will see Lady Gaga face off against Melissa McCarthy at the Oscars—for performances in two films with queer characters, no less.
Based on Lee Israel’s memoir, Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars McCarthy as Israel and follows her as she tries to revitalize her failing writing career by forging letters from deceased authors and playwrights.
McCarthy is receiving heavy Oscar buzz for her performance; many are calling it her best work to date.
The heart of the movie is a flawed, deep, warts-and-all friendship between Israel and loyal Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Queer love stories of any kind are all too rare in Hollywood fare, much less carefully considered studies of platonic love that goes deep between two friends who happen to be gay.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? currently holds a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, it holds a score of 87, signifying “Universal Acclaim." It's critically adored.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? is now playing. Watch the trailer below.
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