Anna Paquin’s lacks of lines stirs up controversy AGAIN as she helps present The Irishman at SAGs

Much was made of Anna Paquin’s seven-word role in The Irishman.

And when the actress appeared on stage at the SAG Awards, Twitter users were quick to point out how it seemed that the ingenue was being upstaged by her male costars, yet again.

Castmates Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel acted as the primary speakers during a brief presentation for the film, which was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture that night.

Stuck in the middle: When actress Anna Paquin came out on stage with her Irishman co-stars Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel at the SAG Awards on Sunday, Twitter users were quick to point out that yet again, it seemed as though the ingenue was being upstaged

Stuck in the middle: When actress Anna Paquin came out on stage with her Irishman co-stars Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel at the SAG Awards on Sunday, Twitter users were quick to point out that yet again, it seemed as though the ingenue was being upstaged

Stuck in the middle: When actress Anna Paquin came out on stage with her Irishman co-stars Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel at the SAG Awards on Sunday, Twitter users were quick to point out that yet again, it seemed as though the ingenue was being upstaged

Fans felt it was adding insult to injury to even ask Paquin, 37, to represent the film in the first place — since she was barely able to utter a word in it. 

Late last year, when the film was released in theaters and subsequently hit Netflix’s streaming platform, viewers took to social media to air their complaints about the fact that Anna, a consistently well-regarded actress, was left with a mere seven words total in the final cut of the three-and-a-half hour long movie.

And on Sunday, Romano hogged most of the trio’s time on the mic, joking about how he still couldn’t believe he was able to act in a Scorsese film with the likes of De Niro and Pacino.

One Twitter user mentioned how she ‘spoke about 10 lines, this is more than she did in the irishman,’ adding an ironic ‘go girl go.’

Another offered, ‘Similar to The Irishman, the intro for The Irishman at @SAGawards was Anna Paquin being pushed into the background in favor of aging white men’ adding the hashtags ‘#SAGAwards’ and ‘#Annoying.’

Reclaiming her time: Romano hogged most of the trio's time on the mic, joking about how he still couldn't believe he was able to act in a Scorsese film, which fans felt echoed Paquin's silence in the actual movie

Reclaiming her time: Romano hogged most of the trio's time on the mic, joking about how he still couldn't believe he was able to act in a Scorsese film, which fans felt echoed Paquin's silence in the actual movie

Reclaiming her time: Romano hogged most of the trio’s time on the mic, joking about how he still couldn’t believe he was able to act in a Scorsese film, which fans felt echoed Paquin’s silence in the actual movie

Her one moment: One Twitter user wrote, 'Similar to The Irishman, the intro for The Irishman at @SAGawards was Anna Paquin being pushed into the background in favor of aging white men'

Her one moment: One Twitter user wrote, 'Similar to The Irishman, the intro for The Irishman at @SAGawards was Anna Paquin being pushed into the background in favor of aging white men'

Her one moment: One Twitter user wrote, ‘Similar to The Irishman, the intro for The Irishman at @SAGawards was Anna Paquin being pushed into the background in favor of aging white men’

Still others pointed to the omission as yet another example of Scorsese’s longstanding dismissal of strong women in his mostly male-dominated films.

However other viewers of the film, along with Anna herself, defended and stood by her character’s sparing dialog, saying that her reticence in the film was intentional and underscored the emotional damage her character’s family has experienced.

‘I think a lot can be said without words,’ Paquin told MailOnline directly in in London in October. ‘I think sometimes a look is worth a thousand words and the internalized judgement that she has passed on her father is not something that she would be able to verbalize, not at that stage of her life.

‘She’d need 20 years of therapy to be able to explain to him why he was a problematic parent,’ she continued. ‘But it was really interesting, it was a bit of a challenge but one that was incredibly exciting for me.’  

Not happy: A roundup of the vociferous Twitter comments against Paquin's treatment both in the film and on stage at Sunday's SAG Awards

Not happy: A roundup of the vociferous Twitter comments against Paquin's treatment both in the film and on stage at Sunday's SAG Awards

Not happy: A roundup of the vociferous Twitter comments against Paquin’s treatment both in the film and on stage at Sunday’s SAG Awards

Robert De Niro, who plays Anna’s onscreen father in the film, also came to the defense of the film, referring to Anna’s performance to USA Today in December as ‘very powerful and that’s what it was,’ also saying ‘She’s terrific and it resonates.’

And even Scorsese himself, who is no stranger to cinematic controversy of late, addressed his sole lead actress’s apparent under-utilization in the Irishman, telling Spike Lee on a podcast in November, ‘I kept asking [Irishman screenwriter] Steve Zaillian if we could layer her in the story. I decided that she doesn’t have to say anything.’

He also said, ‘Anna ultimately was amazing in the looks.’ 

The Irishman is up for ten Academy Awards next month, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor nominations for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

Different point of view: Other viewers of the film, along with Anna herself, defended and stood by her character's sparing dialog, saying that her reticence in the film 'is very much the point'

Different point of view: Other viewers of the film, along with Anna herself, defended and stood by her character's sparing dialog, saying that her reticence in the film 'is very much the point'

Different point of view: Other viewers of the film, along with Anna herself, defended and stood by her character’s sparing dialog, saying that her reticence in the film ‘is very much the point’

Her POV: Paquin herself has also not shied away from defending her use in the film

Her POV: Paquin herself has also not shied away from defending her use in the film

Her POV: Paquin herself has also not shied away from defending her use in the film

Fiery feast for the eyes: Paquin sizzled in a strapless red Caroline Herrera tulle gown at the awards event on Sunday

Fiery feast for the eyes: Paquin sizzled in a strapless red Caroline Herrera tulle gown at the awards event on Sunday

Fiery feast for the eyes: Paquin sizzled in a strapless red Caroline Herrera tulle gown at the awards event on Sunday

SAG Awards 2020 Winners

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern – Marriage Story – WINNER

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman – Bombshell

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Bombshell – Lionsgate

The Irishman – Netflix 

Jojo Rabbit – Fox

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Sony

Parasite – Neon – WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Avengers: Endgame – WINNER

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

Game of Thrones – WINNER

GLOW

Stranger Things

The Walking Dead

Watchmen

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Mahershala Ali – True Detective

Russell Crowe – The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris – Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome – When They See Us

Sam Rockwell – Fosse/Verdon – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Patricia Arquette – The Act

Toni Collette – Unbelievable

Joey King – The Act

Emily Watson – Chernobyl

Michelle Williams – Fosse/Verdon – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Steve Carell – The Morning Show

Billy Crudup – The Morning Show

Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones – WINNER

David Harbour – Stranger Things

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show – WINNER

Helena Bonham Carter – The Crown

Olivia Colman – The Crown

Jodie Comer – Killing Eve

Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method

Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader – Barry

Andrew Scott – Fleabag

Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate – Dead to Me

Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Fleabag – WINNER

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Big Little Lies – HBO

The Crown – Netflix – WINNER

Game of Thrones – HBO

The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu

Stranger Things – Netflix

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Barry – HBO

Fleabag – Amazon

The Kominsky Method – Netflix

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Amazon – WINNER

Schitt’s Creek – CBC Television/Pop TV 

 

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