If you look at the Envelope’s picks, all but Kris Tapley at In Contention believe Hathaway will be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Rachel Getting Married while only three believe Sally Hawkins will get the gold. Strangely enough, Tom O’Neil, who runs the Envelope but didn’t participate in the latest prediction, wrote a recent article headlined “‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ may have Sally Hawkins smiling at Oscar time“. O’Neil points out past Best Actress nominees from Mike Leigh flicks: Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, 2004) and Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies, 1996). O’Neil was alone a few weeks ago in suggesting Hawkins for an Oscar and that survey also shows a growing appreciation for Hathaway.
Hawkins isn’t going down without a fight however as Ryan at Awards Daily points out Hawkins’ spread in “W” magazine, which goes on to say, “Hawkins turns what could have been the most annoying character in the history of cinema into a highly nuanced, and unexpectedly endearing, psychological study.”
Salon.com’s review by Stephanie Zacharek declares Hawkins’ performance the year’s best. I wonder if it will become a battle of the pond or if the battle has already been won by Hathaway. I mean, why award a Blighty actress when you can award a stateside actress said to be acting against type? Personally I hate that argument because if that was the case where was Tom Cruise’s nomination for Collateral?
Moving along, Variety reports “Oscar music hopefuls have been given clearance to
Over at Awards Daily they have opened a thread for you to add
The Cinematheque in Los Angeles will explore the
Remember how I reported on the fact that the Oscars will allow studios to upwards of $1.8 million. Get your TiVos ready to pause and fast forward over them.
Speaking of the Best Actress Oscar race, Tom O’Neil is wondering if Weinstein will pitch Kate Winslet in The Reader as a supporting actress so as not to compete with herself in Revolutionary Road. He also wonders the same about Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt. Don’tcha love how they can just fudge with the idea of whether these performances are lead or supporting? Silly if you ask me.
Jeff Wells at Hollywood-Elsewhere is continuing to report anonymous third hand praise for Milk, and anonymous or not I am believing every good word I hear about this film based on that first trailer. This thing looks phenomenal. Here’s a snippet: