Monday, March 27, 2006

Category Confusions for the 79th

As early as now, predictions for the 79th Academy Awards are already being showcased in several websites and blogs, including this one. But what's making it hard for us is the confusion regarding the categories under which actors will fall come nomination night. Not many people absolutely know, I'm certain, since most of these films have been finished yet. But just in case you do, I'd appreciate the information.

Is it me or are there more confusing possibilities than there were in previous years? Anyway, here are just a few that I could think of right now:

Javier Bardem (Goya's Ghosts): Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor? He plays a monk, not Goya himself.

Annette Bening (Running With Scissors): Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress? It's a very baity role and could very well land Bening her first Oscar win, but is her mother role really a lead performance?

Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal): Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress? Isn't Cate Blanchett the lead in this film? Will Dame Judi's role be large enough for co-lead status?

Brad Pitt (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford): Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor? Pitt plays James, not Ford. Co-lead with Casey Affleck?

Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland): Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor? Sure, the title refers to his character (a Ugandan dictator, not a Scottish monarch), but will he be sharing lead status with James McAvoy?

The actors of Flags of Our Fathers: Which one of them will be going for the lead category? My bet is still Ryan Philippe. Wouldn't it be nice to have Reese Witherspoon reading out the name of her husband as a nominee?

2 comments:

Crushingly said...

The book Notes on a Scandal is told from the point of view of Barbara Covett (Judi Dench); it's about Barbara as much as or more than Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett). If the movie is as well received as I expect it to be, I wouldn't be surprised if Judi gets a Best Actress nomination while Cate gets a Best Supporting Actress nomination. Remember back to 2002 when Dench and Kate Winslet played the same character in Iris and they were both nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Ron said...

Hey, thanks for the info!