The Year of the Kate

It seems like every year around this time we start talking about Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett’s chances at an Academy Award. In fact, the pair have been nominated for 10 Oscars combined in the last dozen years. This season is no exception: Winslet has two December releases (Revolutionary Road and The Reader), while Blanchett is the lead female in the eagerly-awaited The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But this year there’s a third Kate in the picture: Kate Beckinsale, who plays an ambitious newspaper reporter in next month’s indie Nothing But the Truth. It’s a strong, non-glamorous performance, complete with tough prison scenes (her character goes to jail when she won’t reveal one of her sources), and it’s directed by Rod Lurie, who guided Joan Allen to a Best Actress nod for The Contender.

So at this point, there’s a chance, though slight, that three nominees in the same category (Best Actress) will have the same first name. It’s happened only once before, when Fatal Attraction‘s Anne Archer, Throw Momma from the Train‘s Anne Ramsey, and The Whales of August‘s Ann Sothern all received Best Supporting Actress nods in 1988. Unfortunately, the prize ended up going to one of the two non-Annes: Moonstruck‘s Olympia Dukakis. Can a triple-team of Kates gang up and topple Queen Meryl come next February?

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  • anthony

    unfortunately for those kate hopefulys, the oscar will go to somone whose first name is kiera, but at least it starts with a k ;o)

  • NineDaves

    personally, i would love to see kate winslet win an oscar. with 5 nominations, i think it’s about time. cate blanchett already has hers. and although i like kate beckinsale, i would like to see her in more serious roles (unlike the underworld pictures) before she gets the gold.

  • HusseinHusseinHussein

    None of them will stand a chance against Meryl Streep this year.

  • graeme

    I saw “Nothing But The Truth” at TIFF, and Beckinsale was freakin fantastic. There are a couple scenes that Beckinsale absolutely nails several scenes that are pure Oscar-worthy. They aren’t showy scenes, just great acting that breaks your heart or makes you cheer.
    After her equally awesome performance in this year’s little seen “Snow Angels”, it would be great to see Beckinsale awarded with a nomination.

  • Chris

    Unfortunately, none of these extremely talented women will win. A. Jolie wil be given the Oscar due the fact she stars in a Clint Eastwood film. The entertainment media and Clint Eastwood are already campiagning for her to be nominated and win the Best Actress Oscar.
    I used to love Eastwood’s films, but he has become so holier-than-thou and acts like he is the best director in the world thus entitled to all Oscar wins. Jolie is a good actress, but she does not even come close to having the talent the Kates have and she is so far out of Meryl Streep’s league it is not even funny.

  • To anthony

    Are you kidding? Keira Knightly win over Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Kate Beckinsale?!?
    Keira has a lot more to learn and prove before she wins. Have you seen her performance in the Pirate movies? I don’t think pouting can be construed as acting.

  • Jordan

    I like Cate Blanchett, love Kate Winslet, and am in love with Kate Beckinsale. I am so excited to hear that she finally got a movie worthy of her talent! Go all 3 C/Kates!

  • Zach

    It’s nice to hear talk about all 3, but I believe only Winslet will be nominated, though for both Lead and Supporting! I think she will finally win this year. Angelina may get nominated, but she’s not going to win because the film’s reviews were too negative.

  • meg

    There is no way Kiera could win this year, The Duchess wasn’t even that well reviewed. I definitely think Angelina will be nominated by agree that the movie as a whole didn’t get good enough reviews for her to actually win. I think it’s going to be Kate vs. Cate vs. Meryl and here’s to hoping Kate wins. There should be an entry for Kate every day just so we can post about how awesome she is.

  • Alan of Montreal

    it’s gotta go to Winslet this year. Nominated 5 times already and no win. She’s due–and these films she’s in this year look like the ones to do it! (Up next: either Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, or Glenn Close!)

  • fresh

    I saw Changeling and Angelina was amazing in it. Its sad that some people are so clouded by her fame that they forget how good she can be. As for Kate Beckinsale—i have yet to see her in anything remotely good so we’ll see. Blanchette and Winslet always get nominated–boring and predictable.

  • david

    I thought just last week we were hearing that Anne Hathaway is the one to beat for Rachel Getting Married?
    Kate B. has turned in some good performances–she was great in Snow Angels–but I can’t see her getting a nomination in a crowded year like this.

  • Donna

    The Changeling’s reviews were not good especially compared to the previous Eastwood films. No way will Angelina win. Nor Keira Knightley. I can’t stand Kate Beckinsale’s acting usually but she could surprise me. Winslet is always good though. Blanchett, I think the academy are tired of her now and won’t nominate her this year. They want some fresh nominees like Hathaway or the actress from Happy Go Lucky. Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep will for sure be nominated though and one of them will win this year. So sorry EW, I’m afraid the only Kate that has a chance is the best one, Winslet.

  • James

    Sorry Anthony, but what are you smoking?! She was terrific in The Duchess and all, but you should literally put money on her NOT getting nominated.

  • Xavi Rodriguez

    Anthony, are you really sure about it? Keira was FINE but far for GREAT. Ralph Fiennes was great in “The Duchess”, he received most of the raves by critics and he overshadow Keira in more of one scene…
    And Keira winning for a “nice” performance instead Kate Winslet (And her five unsucessfully Oscar Nominations) or Meryl Streep (25 years being one of the best and still waiting for her second lead Oscar)? I saw “Frozen River” and “I’ve Loved you so Long” and let me tell you, that Leo and Scott-Thomas DESERVE an OScar Nomination

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