Now that Spike Jonze’s Her was recently nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. While audiences are falling in love with the OS Samantha, Apple’s iOS 7 Siri had some unkind things to say about Her, and the A.I. at its core. Of course, Sam isn’t real, so we can’t get a comment from her, but what about the actress who voices her?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, actress Scarlett Johansson addresses the sly digs from Apple’s Siri. It seems that Johansson is totally cool with Siri’s criticisms, so long as the iOS 7 feature doesn’t pick on ScarJo personally. Johansson told Vanity Fair, “As long as it’s not about me personally, I can take the criticism. But if it was about me personally I would have to seriously fight back.”
Siri’s knocks on Spike Jonze’s Her and Scarlett Johansson are all in good fun. If you ask Siri, “Are You Her?” Siri will give responses ranging from “No, you know that’s just a movie, right?” to “No. In my opinion, she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.” Of course, Siri doesn’t have thoughts, feelings, or emotions, so what does she know?
This isn’t the first time Siri has been “vocal” when it comes to popular science fiction movies. Siri will offer a handful of mini-reviews if you ask her about science fiction films such as Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Pixar’s Wall-E.
As for Her itself, the film is enjoying critical praise and early box office success. At the moment, Her has grossed $15.2 million, with the low-budget movie just opening in more theaters across the United States. While these numbers are modest, they’re pretty high for smaller movies like Her.
The film recently gained more exposure with five Oscar nominations. Along with Gravity, this is the first year since 2010 that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated two science fiction films for Best Picture. The previous time was with Inception and District 9.
A few days ago, AMPAS nominated Her for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay for Jonze, Best Original Score for Owen Pallett and William Butler (of the band Arcade Fire), Best Production Design, and Best Song for Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Spike Jonze’s “The Moon Song.” While it’s unlikely that Her will win Best Picture, its best bet is Spike Jonze winning Best Original Screenplay. That would be one hell of an accomplishment considering that Her is the first film the Jonze wrote by himself. In the past, Jonze collaborated with screenwriters Charlie Kaufman for Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and Dave Eggers for Where the Wild Things Are.