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Let’s Bet! (for Oscar, that is) — Part 2

22 Feb

Interesting line-ups of thespians in equally attractive roles. And I couldn’t help but shouting “Hallelujah!” for strong roles in women fields, both leading and supporting categories. Quite a reminiscence of 2002’s leading actress category, when Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Julianne Moore and Renee Zellwegger competed. (Darn the prosthetic nose!)

Nominees for BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE are:
Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole in Venus
Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland.

A lock, eh?! Unless AMPAS members were busy watching “Lawrence of Arabia”, “My Favorite Year”, “Becket”, “The Lion in Winter”, and many others for the past few weeks, while regretting their past mistakes. In another note, where’s the old Leo who gripped us to a shocking effect in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”, “The Basketball Diaries” and “Marvin’s Room”?

Will win: Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland.
Should win: Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland.

Nominees for BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE are:
Penelope Cruz in Volver
Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren in The Queen
Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet in Little Children.

Wow. A total of 29 Oscar acting nominations among them. What a company! Again, who can defy Her Majesty?

Will win: Helen Mirren in The Queen.
Should win: Helen Mirren in The Queen.

Nominees for BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE are:
Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children
Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg in The Departed.

In a highly subjective way, I can’t shake off the ruggedly gorgeous look of Mark Wahlberg ever since I finished my write-up on him here.
But again, looking at the nominees, I seem to rely more on Alan Arkin, for his brief-yet-nuanced performance in Little Miss Sunshine. If Academy wants to play sentimental vote, this is the perfect category to do so, since he is the most veteran actor here.
The only obstacle? The recent award-showering to Eddie Murphy.

Will win: Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls.
Should win: Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine.

Nominees for BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE are:
Adriana Barraza in Babel
Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi in Babel.

As much as I try not to follow what others have said, Jennifer Hudson’s soulful belt in “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going” is proved to be unstoppable.

Will win: Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls.
Should win/should have been nominated: Maribel Verdu in “Pan’s Labyrinth”.

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Posted by on 02/22/2007 in English, Film

 

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