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Scarlett Johansson Conflicted Over Family, Bitter-Sweet Career

Scarlett Johansson is pondering choices between a family and her career.

Scarlett Johansson is pondering choices between a family and her career.

Scarlett Johansson talks about having it all in recent interviews as rumors that she’s pregnant gain credence. But she is at an odd stage in her life where she must feel conflicted over family and career.

Now 29, she told the Wall Street Journal she was looking forward to having a family and still doing one film a year.

Then in the next breath she told Craig Ferguson on “The Late Late Show” she’s thinking about chucking it all and moving to a “far-away” country like Switzerland.

Her remarks suggest she may be at a turning point because her career never reached the potential that many expected of her early on.

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With blonde bombshell looks and a serious demeanor, she was considered in the same league as A-list contemporaries. But Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Hillary Swank, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson and Charlize Theron have all gone on to win Oscars.

It’s a surprise she hasn’t done the same. Despite appearing in nearly 40 films, starring in her first at 10-years-old, Johansson has never won a major acting award.

In fact, she’s never even been nominated for an Academy Award. Although she’s been nominated four times for a Golden Globe, she’s never won.

Her only success on the big screen was a best actress award at the BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars, for her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.” She also won a Tony award for best featured performance in the Broadway play A View From the Bridge.

Now, a younger generation of A-listers is coming up. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Emma Roberts, Kristen Stewart and Shailene Woodley are eclipsing her and landing choice roles, which continue to be scarce for women. Lawrence has already won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Oddly, Johansson has never been a very popular actress, either. In contests based largely on popularity like the Teen Choice Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and the People’s Choice Awards, she’s been nominated 12 times, and never won.

She hasn’t been nominated for an MTV award since “Lost in Translation.”

Yet, she’s turned in solid performances in 2012’s “Hitchcock” and last year’s “Don Jon.” She has four films on tap this year, two of which are science fiction dramas.

She plays a murderous alien in “Under the Skin” and a superhuman woman with telekinetic powers in “Lucy.” In her other film, “Chef,” also in post-production, she plays the love interest of the lead character.

She’s also reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, in the action-adventure flick, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

None sound like the kind of vehicle that could lead to a major award. Yet, she has no trouble finding work and still has time to achieve her full potential.

Maybe she will have it all.

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