Will Foreigners Sweep the Oscars?

I’m about to interview the phenomenal Javier Bardem for my Just A Minute video series on EW.com, and as I’ve been preparing for our conversation, I’ve noticed something pretty interesting: There’s a decent chance that all four of this season’s Academy Awards for acting could go to foreigners. There’s Irishman Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor, France’s Marion Cotillard or Brit Julie Christie for Best Actress, Bardem (a Spaniard) or Englishman Tom Wilkinson for Best Supporting Actor, and Aussie Cate Blanchett or Scot Tilda Swinton for Best Actress. The last time no good-old American talent won at the Oscars? All the way back in 1965, when three Brits (Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and Peter Ustinov) and Russian-born Lila Kedrova swept the four acting prizes. So who are this country’s best bets to block a foreign invasion come next February? Perhaps it’s Bardem’s toughest competition: Into the Wild‘s Cleveland-born scene-stealer Hal Holbrook.


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  • Ceballos

    So Brits are coming over here and dominating the Oscars…not exactly breaking news…also, you forgot Keira Knightley in “Atonement.”
    But if an American were to take an acting prize, I’d probably go with Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” (if people even remember that movie by the end of the year) and I’ve also heard good things about Josh Brolin in “No Country for Old Men”, which I can’t wait to see.

  • benny

    Karger’s right that foreigners could sweep the acting prizes, although (in addition to Holbrook in supporting actor) Johnny Depp could be the American exception. Why? Because the (limited) advance word on “Sweeney Todd” is strong, because “Sweeney” will be a worldwide box-office hit (unlike “There Will Be Blood,” which needs to do at least solid “Capote”-level numbers to help Day Lewis), and because, unlike Day-Lewis, Depp has never won. Plus, in recent years Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson have shown that, once again, people CAN win Oscars for musicals.

  • lia

    There’s another point that must be considered.Helen Mirren won last year.
    If it’s exceptionnal to see foreigners winning in all categories, I think (I may be wrong)that it is also very rare that the award in a category(specially the leading one) goes to a foreigner 2 years in a row.
    So my guess is,at least for best actress,it will be an american actress.

  • chippy

    I think Johnny Depp should be nominated for and win an Oscar for many reasons,not the least of which,besides being very talented..he is drop dead gorgeous!

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