Scarlett Johansson is poised to be the queen of awards season if the buzz following her performances in “Jojo Rabbit” and “Marriage Story” is to be believed. Both films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, with “Jojo Rabbit” taking home the coveted People’s Choice Award, which is often a predictor of the Academy Awards’ Best Picture prize.
“I’m not ready to be that at all. That sounds very scary,” she tells ET Canada’s Keshia Chante about being the queen of awards season. “No, it’s been a very exciting time with both of these films at the Toronto film festival, and such different types of movies.”
Though a political satire about Nazi Germany and a drama about the breakdown of a marriage may not look similar on the surface, Johansson says both films have a common theme.
“There’s a similarity in the messages that the films both carry which is that what you’re left with is love,” she says.
In “Jojo Rabbit”, Johansson is Rosie, single mother to Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis), a young boy in the Hitler Youth whose imaginary BFF just happens to be Adolf himself (played with comic flourish by writer-director Taika Waititi). Jojo’s world is flipped upside-down when he discovers his mother is harbouring a young Jewish girl named Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) in the attic of their home.
“I think it was important to show the story because it shows how ridiculous and how hateful that war is,” says the young actor who makes his film debut in “Jojo Rabbit”. “I’m happy that people have connected to it and the audience understood it.”
For co-star McKenzie, connecting with Johansson’s character filled a void for Elsa.
“She’s German, so Elsa should be scared of this woman, but she’s a saviour and a mother figure and Elsa’s kind of yearning for that,” she adds.
“Jojo Rabbit” opens in theatres on Oct. 18.