Discussing Best Actress Oscar Race with Tom O’Neil and Pete Hammond
For the past two or three years — okay, except for last time when Sandra Bullock took home an Oscar… nothing against Sandy B., but really? — the race for Best Actress has always been the most interesting. Especially when Marion Cotillard battled it out against Julie Christie. Umph! That one was epic.
And here there are O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Hammond (Deadline Hollywood) discussing this year’s Best Actress race.
To be honest, I was completely enamored by Natalie Portman on Black Swan — not that I needed any help to fangirl — even though I was quite adamant in supporting Korean actress (now that she’s legible) Hye-ja Kim for a Best Actress nomination for her role as the fiercest woman on Madeo (Mother).
Sure, it’s a very… very, very long shot. There’s no budget to campaign for Kim and Madeo, and I am pretty sure Kim doesn’t speak a word of English, but still, it would be nice and pretty amazing. Just asking for a nomination. If a nomination does happen, my faith in the Academy will be restored xD
And look! She’s gorgeous!!
Anyway, if we’re discussing shoo-ins, we’ve got Portman who’s campaigning hard. You can tell. If you follow the race and you’re a Portman fan, you know she wants it bad and she’s playing the game. We all want to believe — deep, deep down inside — that the Oscars are about the film and talent, but it’s really not it. Oscars also play on ratings, and play on how memorable a win can be.
Although I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember that Sandra Bullock won last time for the Blind Side, once I Googled it up and went, “How could I have forgotten that!” I immediately remembered the reasons: 1. The film was a surprise hit, 2. Bullock was on the tabloids, and 3. She adopted a baby boy. It’s a happy ending for a very likable Bullock. Even if she did win Best Actress and Worst Actress — now, that’s pretty memorable. LOL
This year, we’ve got Portman. No one wants to say this, but her pregnancy announcement IS perfect timing. She’s all over in the people’s magazine articles, and she’s got Bible-thumpers on her online forums saying she’s a sinner for getting pregnant before marriage. We got the tabloids covered.
And for those of you saying being pregnant doesn’t change a thing, it does now. In an age where C or D or F-list celebrities do press releases saying they’re pregnant or that they just had babies, Natalie Portman being pregnant is a huge deal. Society seems obsessed with celebrity pregnancies.
Then there’s Black Swan, which is a box office surprise. No one believed it would happen, but the film’s been pretty commercial. To top that off, critics pretty much love the film and Portman in it. So it beats the Blind Side on that one. xD Portman is literally breathtakingly mesmerizing in that supreme last scene of the film. No one is going to begrudge her for winning for Black Swan. If this is her one chance to win, this is the film to win it for.
Then there’s Annette Bening, whose role on The Kids Are All Right seemed to be well-received early in the year. However, her campaign has been non-existent. The best thing in Bening’s favor is that it could be a “gay & lesbian” landmark win, besides Milk ;P And while Jennifer Lawrence is a shoo-in for a nomination, Winter’s Bone lacks the budget — and star power — of the rest on this list.
Kidman seems to be a wildcard. Rabbit Hole has been well received and she knows how to play. The coolest thing for a Kidman Oscar win would be a triumphant comeback.
The fifth spot is up for grabs. I’m still crossing my fingers for a Korean take-over ;D