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Emma Stone: Wry everywoman to brilliantly weird in ‘Poor Things’

Illustration portrait of Emma Stone.
Illustration portrait of Emma Stone.
(ILLUSTRATION BY NATALIA AGATTE / FOR THE TIMES
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Her all-in performance as a lab-created sensualist in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” has put Emma Stone, 35, near the top of the lead-actress Oscar list and further demonstrates that darkness and absurdity suit her even better than playing smart, relatable Ryan Gosling love interests.

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A “Poor Things” nomination would follow a previous one for lead (“La La Land”) and two for supporting (“Birdman” and Stone’s first Lanthimos collaboration, “The Favourite”).

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Stone won for her “La La Land” performance as a struggling, singing, dancing actor.

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If Stone were to win in March, she would follow 14 other women who have won two lead Oscars.

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Stone would be the seventh-youngest two-time winner, after Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Jodie Foster, Luise Rainer, Hilary Swank and Elizabeth Taylor.

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Rotten Tomatoes critics’ score for “The Curse,” the brilliantly uncomfortable current Showtime series in which Stone plays a wannabe do-gooder TV house flipper.

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Joining the five-time “Saturday Night Live” hosting club in December, Stone delivered an inspired performance as a Phil Spector-resembling 1960s record producer in a high-concept sketch that …

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Along with “Poor Things” and “The Curse,” cemented what we already knew about Stone: the weirder, the better.

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