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Could “Amour” lose Best Foreign Film? Emmanuelle Riva is coming to the Oscars

Suddenly, “Amour” seems to be on everyone’s Oscar lips. 85-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva was earlier this week reported to be “frail” and “having to use a walker.” But non, non, says her NYC Press Agents, “She’s fine, and she’s coming to the Oscars.” Well, why wasn’t she at the BAFTAS on Sunday, where she surprised Jennifer Lawrence and the Weinstein Co. and won Best Actress?

“Well, she can’t go to everything. She was just here for the New York Film Critics awards, and she was fine.”

OK. So who’s spreading those “too frail to travel” rumors? Hmmmm…

Could be the competition….? Or perhaps it is true.

I just think she missed a huge PR chance by not being on the internationally televised BAFTAs. But she won anyway. And with no campaigning whatsoever.

Maybe it doesn’t matter that she doesn’t turn up at the Oscars….Katharine Hepburn never did and she ended up with four Best Actress wins, the most ever.

But Hollywood KNEW Hepburn. They don’t know Emmanuelle Riva. And the BAFTAS are more often than not going to favor European films and stars, if given the chance.

Riva is really an unknown to American audiences and I’m afraid to say to the Academy members.

Also, I keep hearing that the older members of the Academy are not digging “Amour”s depressing downward spiral that Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant play so brilliantly. Riva is the stroke stricken wife. Trintignant her adoring, faithful husband who insists he takes care of Riva’s Ann in her last awful days.

Step by horrifying step we see the still beautiful Riva’s Ann decline and decline. For Academy Members who are Octogenarians themselves this is not easy subject matter, to put it mildly.

Scott Feinberg is sounding the “Amour” might not win Foreign Film alarm in this week’s “A Few Minutes with Feinberg” at http://www.thehollywoodreporter.com You see, and he’s right, the Foreign Film is voted on by only those Academy members who sign in that they have attended all FIVE screenings of the five films. It’s a small number of people and they, yes, are all elderly and NOT digging “Amour” as I’ve heard from the get go. And as Feinberg now confirms.

What would win? “A Royal Affair” from Denmark a lush period costume drama or even “Kon-Tiki” from Norway, which Scott defines as a “feel-good movie with a happy ending, sort of.”

IF “Amour” shocks and does NOT win Best Foreign Film voters who can’t sign in to all five screenings to see it may feel frustrated in expressing their “Amour” love and indeed upset Jennifer Lawrence’s apple cart and give Best Actress to Emmanuelle Riva. OR they could give it Best Director for Michael Haneke. It, by the way, is pronounced like the Festival of Lights, Hanukah.OR he could get Best Original Screenplay.

The Best Actress race is now so split wide-open, I still feel that little Qu’venzhane Wallis could sneak through. Oscar always loves surprises…AND little girls…

Things are heating up and the poles are still open until Tuesday, Oscar Voters.

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