Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
I bought this tape because Ruth White was a Perth Amboy gal who died before my own birth. Ruth plays the role of Helen exquisitely. Ruth White died before her time in my opinion. Had she had lived longer? She would have done so much more on stage, film, and television. Ruth is the heart and soul of this theatrical production. Too bad, New York Television Theater does not exist anymore because it records historical performances by award winning actresses like Ruth White. She makes Helen to be likable, alive, and even lovable. She learns to bond with the caged dolphin over the span of a few days. Back in 1969, the labs killed the animals once they were finished in the laboratory. The dolphin is poorly constructed and outdated to our contemporary times. But you have to take it with understanding, Ruth White reminds me of an Irish American Judi Dench. I am glad that she came from Perth Amboy and she had returned home to die. She gives a remarkable subtle performance with ever ounce of dedication. Oh if Ruth had lived longer, she would have been awarded. But since she died the same year as the tape quite suddenly from cancer, we have these recorded performances to always remember actresses like Ruth White. Rest in peace, Ruth.
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