a.k.a. "The Oscar Messenger"

Trumbo Poster 1Well, well, well. What a difference a day in the Oscar Race makes! Especially this volatile year. And lo and behold a new contender has arisen because of the SAG award nominations and the Golden Globe nominations being announced within a day of each other.

And who and what is shaking up the race? A film that was on NO ONE’S Oscar Radar prior to Wed./Thurs. “Trumbo.” It received a SAG ensemble award nomination, as did the presumed front-runner “Spotlight.” And it’s star the great Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame, who is a beloved veteran, won nods from both SAG and the Golden Globers for his role of the eccentric, legendary, black-listed writer Dalton Trumbo.

As I said yesterday, One(SAG nom)+One(Golden Globe) nom = an Oscar nomination for Cranston. His first one. And we all know what an awards magnet he is. And he has become iconic for the TV series that passed into legend “Breaking Bad.”

He could challenge Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenent” which everyone thought was a slam dunk for Leo to win his first Oscar this year. But now Walter White in the person of Dalton Trumbo as played by Bryan Cranston is emerging from this confused year as a VERY strong challenger for the Academy’s top honor. And maybe Best Picture, too? Perhaps…

And it is necessary to note that “Spotlight” did not get any of its’ actors, except Rachel McAdams, (in SAG for Supp. Actress) in any of its’ other possible categories. Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, what happened? They cancelled each other out. And turned up with a goose egg for both their very fine performances in “Spotlight.”

This is vs. the late breaking “Trumbo”s Best Actor AND Supporting Actress nods for Cranston and Dame Helen Mirren, who are BOTH getting in the Oscar race, I’m so sure.

“Trumbo” is a film about Hollywood, like “The Artist” was. And you can never underestimate Hollywood’s love affair — with itself.

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