This year's Oscar nominees are here, and we have a feeling we know who Lisa Edelstein will be rooting for. The Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce star chatted with The Daily Dish prior to the announcement of the nominees, and she couldn't help but gush about Viggo Mortensen's now-Academy Award-nominated performance in Captain Fantastic. "I thought Viggo Mortensen was so great in Captain Fantastic. And all the kids," she said. "It was a beautiful movie."
Viggo scored his second nomination ever for Best Actor for playing Ben, a father tasked with integrating his six children into society following the death of his wife after raising them in isolation. Lisa said she loved the message of the movie, which explores how kids should be raised and seemed to comment on that through its R rating due to explicit language and some nudity. "I found it fascinating that the filmmaker [Matt Ross] made that choice because there's no violence in the movie, there's no blood. The amount of violence and blood that are in movies that are rated PG-13 is extraordinary relative to some curse words and a naked person," Lisa explained. "So I like that. I like that conversation. I think it's important to talk about."
So don't let those seemingly provocative parts of Captain Fantastic deter you from checking out the film, Lisa says. "It's a great movie, and I think you should watch it with your kids," she said. "As long as you're not afraid of a penis and some curse words."
Lisa admitted that she hasn't been able to catch many of this year's buzzy movies due to her busy schedule, but she also enjoyed Deadpool and Arrival, which also scored a ton of Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture. Lisa also said she was "eager to see Moonlight." "I've heard amazing things about it," she shared.
Hopefully, Lisa can check out Moonlight before the Academy Awards ceremony on February 26. The film is tied with Arrival for the second most nods this year with eight, receiving love in categories like Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), and Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris). Moonlight and Arrival trail La La Land, which received 14 nominations this year, tying All About Eve and Titanic for the most Oscar nods for a single film ever.
Watch Lisa reminisce about another Hollywood legend, the late Carrie Fisher, below.