Portraying swimmer Diana Nyad has earned actress Annette Benning early Oscar buzz

From our Bureau of Insufferably Insensitive Long Distance Swimmers with some assistance from our Bureau of Biopics About Insufferably Insensitive Long Distance Swimmers

You knew this would happen, didn’t you? Of course. But could you imagine that the role of Diana Nyad would be played by Annette Benning and the role of her coach by Jodie Foster?

Naaah. Admit it, you couldn’t guess that a film about this great insult to all Cubans would attract two of Hollywood’s most celebrated leftist actresses. Things of this sort never happen. Right?

And you probably didn’t suspect that the Hollywoodsphere is all atwitter over Benning’s Oscar potential. Right?

From East Africa News Post

Sharks, jellyfish stings, tropical storms, navigation problems, and physical exhaustion are the types of problems that fortunately don’t worry the average person during a normal workday.

But for retired athlete Diana Nyad, these were the challenges she faced during the many attempts she made, in her early sixties, to become the first person to swim a distance of 177 kilometers from Cuba to Florida without using a protective cage.

After attempting the challenge in 1979, since 2011 Nyad has made four more attempts to cross the water, finally achieving her dream in 2013.

Her story has now been adapted to the screen by Netflix, with actress Annette Bening receiving an Oscar nomination for her role as the swimmer, who was supported by her friend and coach Bonnie Stoll.

Diana Nyad spent three decades as a sports broadcaster.

Stoll, played by Jodie Foster in the film, is as much a part of the story as Naiad herself.

She sailed with her best friend, managed the operation and kept the trip on track.

The film, simply titled Nyad, is the feature debut of husband-and-wife directorial duo Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin.

3 thoughts on “Portraying swimmer Diana Nyad has earned actress Annette Benning early Oscar buzz”

  1. The only possible surprise here is that the story was considered commercially viable enough to bother with. Any notion that the sensibilities of “those people” would get any consideration is naive, if not delusional. I have no doubt the focus will be on Nyad as some sort of heroic figure, and it may be even worse than that.

  2. Even apart from the fact that Nyad’s “feat” involved the Florida Straits, the whole business strikes me as so contrived and artificial (as it no doubt had to be so she wouldn’t wind up as shark food) that it was really a stunt. I don’t see real merit to it as an athletic accomplishment, and I do see it as self-indulgent promotion.

    The fact countless Cubans have died trying to cross those straits to reach freedom, without any support crew to keep them safe, makes this thing significantly offensive and at best highly insensitive. Of course, as we all know, nobody cares except “those people,” and spitting in their faces is fine with everyone else.

    And no, I don’t intend to watch the damn trailer.

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