a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

Rooney Carol 1Cate Carol 1In a surprise to no one, especially me, since I predicted this would happen way back after Cannes, Cate the Great Blanchett is going to be campaigned in lead for “Carol” by the ever sharp Weinstein Co. when it is released into Oscar season.

This is though Rooney Mara, who many claim is the REAL lead and who won Best Actress(lead) in Cannes this spring. But Harvey (Weinstein) knows what he’s doing when it comes to Oscars. No one does it better and if he puts Rooney in Supporting, it means he thinks she can WIN in Supporting, and sight unseen, I think he’s probably right.

Rooney Mara has already been nominated for Best Actress for her starring role (and yes, it was the title role)”Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” so the Academy knows her, and likes her.

“Carol” is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt.” Highsmith is one of my favorite writers. She wrote “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” And now comes the lesbian story she was never allowed to publish in her lifetime.

Yes, once again, I think Harvey knows what he is doing. He’s got that je ne sais quoi with the Oscars that he didn’t have with the new-to-him Tonys this year with “Finding Neverland” which got a big goose-egg from the critics and the Tony voters. We at the Drama Desks DID nominate Matthew Morrison, however, for Best Actor in a Musical. He lost to Robert Fairchild for “An American in Paris.”

And y’know what? Rooney Mara could win in the Supporting category.You heard it here first!

This also clears the way for Saiorse Ronan’s shot at Best Actress for Weinstein’s other femme-centric film “Brooklyn” coming soon to a theater near you!

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