The Wood Award is a category that recognizes performers for their wooden performances in a scene. In this category we will examine
probably laughing at or making fun of scenes that are noteworthy because they are terribly poorly acted.
I was having a conversation with a friend and we agreed on a scene that was particularly funny and poorly acted. I had a Halle Barry scene I was going to feature to start this category, but we’ll go with Bey.
This is the scene where she’s watching the movie and smoking a cigarette.
In the scene, Beyonce is viewing a film presentation which includes some wedding footage. Further along on the footage, she sees that it has been dictated that she accept a role (one she doesn’t want) in the film, “Cleopatra.” It hits her. Her spouse sees her as merely a commodity and controls all her professional movements. At this point, Beyonce’s character is supposed to be emotional and upset about this.
What was wrong with that two minute scene?
“Disappointed Reaction” to “Cleopatra”
She never actually inhales the cigarette. (When an actor fails to do so, he or she is lying to the audience).
The shot opens with Beyonce’s hand holding a burning cigarette, one which just left her lips. We then see her exhale the cigarette smoke through her mouth. It was obvious she wasn’t smoking the cigarette. It could have been faked better, I suppose. For the rest of the scene, she’s just holding the cigarette, not smoking it anymore.
There is something lacking in the scene; realism. She’s not believable as a smoker. She is desperately trying to make the scene real. Everything from the cigarette smoking to the facial expressions is forced.
Yet there is something strangely humorous about it. It shouldn’t be funny because Beyonce clearly tries. But she fails. There’s just something comical about it. I’m not saying I’m glad that Beyonce was unable to nail the scene. I’m just suggesting that the result was comical on some level.
What do I mean by wooden? I mean this:
I mean what thesaurus.com means:
without spirit, animation or awareness
Though Beyonce is a wonderful and talented performer… she is the recipient of the Wood Award for this scene.
Is it me or at the end of that scene – didn’t that look like her sister, Solange?
Ain’t nobody hatin’ on Bey. I like Beyonce. :)
In many ways, Beyonce is magnificence personified.