Here at last is what I think is going to go down on Tuesday morn at 8am EST when the Oscar Nominations are announced and the whole game changes…or does it? Or is it going to be what everybody has been been saying all season long? Ho-hum.
I used to do this on my TV show, but this year now that I have this wonderful blog, IT’S HERE!
Best Supporting Actor ~
Christian Bale – “The Fighter”
Michael Douglas- “Wall St. 2 Money Never Sleeps”
Jeremy Renner-“The Town”
Mark Ruffalo- “The Kid’s Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush-“The King’s Speech”
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams -“The Fighter”
Helen Bonham-Carter -“The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo-“The Fighter”
Barbara Hersey-“Black Swan”
Haillee Steinfeld – ‘True Grit”
My reasonings are thus. The Academy whose estimated age is unimaginable, tends to honor veteran performers in the Supporting Categories, when it can. Thus I see Barbara Hersey, who has been nominated only once before in her long carrer, also in Supporting. Hersey gives the most complex, layered, multi-faceted performance as Natalie Portman’s scary/caring/over-powering/over-protective mother. Try to image “Black Swan” without her. You can’t.
Mila Kunis from that film is just young and hot and she plays a lesbian. That seems to have turned many on the precursor awards circuit on, but not me, and not the Academy.
“Another Year”s magnificent Leslie Manville is going to fall victim to category confusion, I’m afraid which leads to vote-splitting, which leads to NOTHING. And she unknown here.
And the late releasing film hasn’t really caught on. Whereas the other possible vote-splitter, Haillee Steinfeld, is in another late released film, “True Grit” that HAS caught on, BIG TIME. And the interest in her(why?????) is so great, that there’s so many that seem to want her IN, that she could turn up in the category she SHOULD be in and was campaigned for in Best Supporting Actress.
Whereas Leslie Manville was campaigned in LEAD, in a tough, competitive year, too, when many thought she should’ve been campaigned in Supporting, she’s just not going to turn up ANYwhere.
And the Brit vote will go to Helena Bonham-Carter in “The King’s Speech.”
Michael Douglas also knocks out another Brit Andrew Garfield, from that Film About Typing….Garfield is soooo young, and the Academy is soooo old and Michael Douglas is a Hollywood legend and he was very, very good in “WS2”. And most importantly, he nearly died this year, from throat cancer. He’s beat it, he says. But who knows? It’s a disease that could be in remission right now and may come back more strongly at any moment.Like during the voting period. And the Academy doesn’t want to risk him dying on them, without even a nomination for very fine work.
The Academy is a bunch of old softies and the LOVE the veteran guys, and regularly reward them over youth, especially in this category.
Also in Douglas’ and Jeremy Renner’s as well as the three from “The Fighter”, and Steinfeld from “True Grit”‘s favor is that they are backed by major studios. Warner Brothers and Paramount.
Then there’s the Harvey Factor. NOBODY runs an Oscar campaign like H. Weinstein and he’s got Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter, both superb in the superb “The King’s Speech.” They might as well nominate Harvey himself. He’s a stealth factor behind alllll the Weinstein Company’s nominees. Though HW is hardly the definition of stealth.
AND LOOK out! IF on Tuesday morning GUY PEARCE ALSO turns up in Supporting for his vile abdicating King Edward VIII in “The King’s Speech” that’s going to show that “The King’s Speech” has much more support from within the Academy than many have thought.
He would, I’m guessing, replace Renner. And this would be, I think, Pearce’s first Oscar nomination. Whoa!