If you haven’t watched Killers of the Flower Moon yet, you need to do yourself a favor and carve out some time to watch it. Granted, the movie is nearly 4 hours long so maybe save it for a rainy (or snowy) afternoon, but so far, the movie has received rave reviews.
The Martin Scorsese film documents the murders of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma back in the 1920s, as white residents began to marry natives for their money after the tribe had discovered tons of oil on their land. These natives began to die in mysterious ways, and it was ultimately discovered that they were being murdered for their money.
The film stars the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro, and personally, I believe it’s one of Scorsese’s all time best.
But speaking of Lily Gladstone, she became the first ever native woman to win a Golden Globe for her role in the film. Of course, another film series that is well known for shining a spotlight on the injustices of Native Americans is Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone, 1883 and 1923. Sheridan is also set to write and direct the film adaptation of the S.C Gwynne book, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.
One would think Gladstone might be in the early consideration for a role in that film, but as it turns out, she’s not a fan of Yellowstone… At all.
In the wake of her big Golden Globes win, a Vulture article is resurfacing from last year, where Gladstone called Yellowstone “delusional” and “deplorable.” Here’s the kicker though… she also admitted that she had auditioned for the show in the past, saying:
“No offense to the Native talent in that. I auditioned several times. That’s what we had.”
It’s no secret that critics have slammed Yellowstone and its spinoff series 1883 and 1923 as a “red-state show” for conservatives, despite the fact that the show tackles issues like Native American injustice, corporate land grabbing and greed, environmental respect and preservation.
I guess when you have so much success, you’re going to have critics regardless, and it appears that Gladstone is one of those critics.
Yellowstone Season 5 is set to return for the series conclusion this coming November: