Once again, as has been true for far too many years in the recent past, there are almost NO really good parts for actresses, almost not enough to nominate, and there are far too MANY actors to cram into only five slots. But here we go again, and sadly, with the actresses it’s all too easy to name the possible nominees. Julianne Moore(pictured above) as the 50-year-old academic at Columbia University, who heartbreakingly comes down with early on-set Alzheimer’s. She’s got it in the bag, and her Golden Globe win for Best Actress Drama on Sunday, just cements this. She’s been the front-runner since forever, and she’s guaranteed to win this, having been nominated before four times and never having won.
Her side-kicks, or ladies-in-waiting in that category are the sure-fire Reese Witherspoon in the very tame “Wild”(Amy Poehler noted at the Globes “She did all her own walking.”) Felicity Jones, who could’ve been in Supporting, she was so supportive in “The Theory of Everything” and Rosamund Pike as the title role in “Gone Girl.” The last surprise slot, and it’s STILL might surprise is supposedly going to Jennifer Aniston in “Cake”. But the surprise really could be that the superb Marion Cotillard gets in for the French language Belgian Film “Two Days, One Night.” But unfortunately it’s probably going to be Aniston.
Moving on~ The Best Actor race is so jammed with hopefuls that it’s going to mirror last year’s surprise snub of Tom Hanks and Robert Redford. This reflects an attitude to go younger in this category, so besides the locked-and-loaded Golden Globe winners ~ Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” and Michael(ugh!)Keaton as “Birdman” who else would it be?
There is so much competition I could even see Benedict Cumberbatch (“Imitation Game”) being left out. And Jake Gyllenhaal”Nightcrawler” and yes, even Bradley Cooper “American Sniper” getting in. Both currently are starring on Broadway.(I’m seeing Jake’s show tonight, and I saw “The Elephant Man” in which Cooper was just terrific.) There’s been a last-minute surge for “American Sniper” as reflecting in director Clint Eastwood’s, yes, again that word, SURPRISE nomination by the Director’s Guild for “Sniper.”
And finally, there’s also been an undeniable surge on all fronts for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which could reap Ralph Fiennes as much deserved slot for this hilarious depiction of M. Gustav H., the hotel concierge/manager/major domo. I would love for that to happen.
So to conclude IF Benedict Cumberbatch DOES get dropped, it’s Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper and Ralph Fiennes. This may be the category where I’m wrong all over the place. By this time tomorrow, all will have been revealed.