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Can the ladies of 'The Help' score Oscar nods?

Dale Robinette

The fantastic early box office performance for The Help only, well, helps its awards chances. At this point, the movie seems to have all the ingredients for Oscar attention: mostly positive reviews, through-the-roof audience reaction, and just a smidgen of controversy. It seems to me like Emma Stone and Viola Davis should be campaigned as Best Actress while the rest of the strong female cast (including Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Sissy Spacek) belongs in the supporting category. Some people have written to me on Twitter suggesting that Davis would stand a better shot in supporting, but the film really feels like her character Aibileen’s story so such a move would feel quite disingenuous.

While the whole cast is impressive, my hunch is that Davis and Spencer are the best bets at nominations. With the Venice/Telluride/Toronto awards-bait onslaught only days away, I’d argue that Davis and Spencer are the two strongest female contenders from the first eight months of the year. (Other longshot candidates so far: Hanna‘s Saoirse Ronan for lead and Bridesmaids‘ Melissa McCarthy or Win Win‘s Amy Ryan for supporting.)

Of course Davis and Spencer will both face much tougher competition over the next four months: The Iron Lady‘s Meryl Streep, We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s Tilda Swinton, Carnage‘s Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster, Young Adult‘s Charlize Theron, My Week With Marilyn‘s Michelle Williams, Albert Nobbs‘ Glenn Close, and War Horse‘s Emily Watson are all on their way. But after this year’s shut-out of African-American acting nominees, there’s a decent shot next year’s contenders will be more racially diverse.

But I’m also bracing for a bit of backlash as Davis and Spencer’s Oscar buzz grows. After all, they stand to be nominated for playing maids—just as Gone With the Wind‘s Hattie McDaniel did over 70 years ago. As one of my Twitter followers wrote me the other day: “would be nice if black women could get oscar worthy work for something other than roles w such stereotype baggage attached.” I hear you. But what’s worse: a nomination for playing a complex women who happens to be a maid, or no nomination at all?

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

Melissa Leo had a premonition about her f-bomb -- EXCLUSIVE

Melissa-LeoImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/“I did not write a speech. I hope I don’t regret that later on.” — Melissa Leo to EW, just hours before dropping the f-bomb during her Oscar acceptance speech.

Melissa Leo was hoping Amy Adams would take home the Oscar. When she told EW on the red carpet that she’d neglected to write a speech, she also said, “I hope that I will instead be clapping hysterically for Amy. She was so fantastic in that role. She just owned it, embodied it. It is a shame to be nominated against her, but if it came down to her and me, I want to hear her name.”

So fast-forward to the ceremony: READ FULL STORY

Dave Karger's Oscar picks for Best Supporting Actress/Actor

Each day leading up to Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, we will share Dave Karger’s Oscar picks in a major category, as well as his prediction of how the votes will break down (based on previous awards won and conversations with insiders and Academy members). Today, we have his picks for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Check back tomorrow for his predictions for Best Actor and Actress. READ FULL STORY

Amy Adams reacts to her third Oscar nomination

Amy-AdamsImage Credit: Jojo WhildenSix years ago, Amy Adams was a little-known actress with a resume dotted with bit parts. Then came the indie Junebug, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, and her career quickly changed. With her salty performance as Micky Ward’s girlfriend in The Fighter, Adams nabbed her third nomination (following 2008’s Doubt) — capping a five-year run that landed her on the A-list. “I didn’t even think I’d ever have a national commercial, let alone three Oscar nominations,” says the 36-year-old actress. “It is insane. I don’t know exactly how I got here but I feel really fortunate to be here. And it’s a historic day because Christian Bale got nominated, finally.” READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations: The 5 biggest surprises

BiutifulImage Credit: Jose HaroThis morning’s Academy Award nominations ended up going mostly to plan. The King’s Speech with the most nods? Check. Tons of acting love for The Fighter? Check. But a few things caught my eye. Here are my five biggest surprises of the morning.

True Grit places second with 10 nominations Would mega-producer Scott Rudin ever have thought that his Coen brothers Western would earn more overall nods than his other contender, the critics-award-sweeping The Social Network? Thanks to the acting branch’s slight of Andrew Garfield and the inclusion of the Coens in Best Director, Grit ended up scoring two more nominations than Network. READ FULL STORY

Oscar nominations are in: 'The King's Speech' rules with 12 nods

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and the Coen brothers’ western, True Grit, scored 10. Check out the list below, follow-up with Dave Karger‘s take, then head over to PopWatch to let us know who you think got snubbed.

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit

'True Grit': Will it be an Oscar player?

true-gritImage Credit: Lorey SebastianEarlier this week I had the opportunity to see Joel and Ethan Coen’s eagerly awaited adaptation of True Grit, the last assumed major Oscar contender of the year. I’ll leave it to my esteemed colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum to provide a proper review in the coming days, but I’d say the Coen brothers have a second consecutive Best Picture nominee on their hands. The film is beautifully shot and—no surprise considering the cast—very well acted. It’s a hoot to see Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and a host of fascinating looking character actors act with their jowls and mutton chops amidst the Coens’ majestically shot 19th Century landscape.

So in which categories is True Grit most likely to be a major contender? I’d call it a sure thing for a Best Picture nod given that race’s 10 slots. And the Coens could certainly make it into the director and adapted screenplay hunts as well. As for the cast, Matt Damon makes the most of his one-liners but simply isn’t in the film enough to be a serious supporting actor contender. Ditto Josh Brolin, who doesn’t even appear until the last act. Jeff Bridges could end up scoring a Best Actor nomination thanks to his droll performance as marshal Rooster Cogburn, but I wouldn’t say Colin Firth needs to worry about losing to him again this year. In my mind the strongest acting candidate from the film is newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, who knocks her large supporting role out of the park, exuding precociousness and confidence from her introductory scene. She had me smiling nearly the entire film and I’d imagine most Academy members will have the same reaction. READ FULL STORY

'Black Swan': Can Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis both score Oscar nods?

It’s almost D-Day for Black Swan, which finally hits theaters next Friday, Dec. 3 after dominating the film-festival circuit over the past three months. It’s a foregone conclusion that star Natalie Portman will earn a Best Actress nomination for her career-best performance as a mentally-unstable ballerina. What’s less clear are the film’s chances in the Best Supporting Actress category. The film boasts strong secondary turns from Barbara Hershey, as Portman’s overbearing stage mom, and Mila Kunis, as a new arrival to Portman’s ballet company who soon becomes her biggest competition. I suspect both actresses will have signficant fan bases in the critical community and within the Academy; the question is whether one (or both) of them can amass enough support to score a spot over probable nominees like The King’s Speech costar Helena Bonham Carter, Rabbit Hole‘s Dianne Wiest, and the impressive duo from The Fighter, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Whatever happens, one of the most memorable aspects of the film is the rapport between Portman’s Nina and Kunis’ Lily, two very different women who eventually strike up a combustible friendship. In this exclusive clip (which spotlights Portman’s formidable dancing skills and director Darren Aronofsky’s impressively dizzy camerawork), Portman and Kunis’ characters encounter each other for the first time.

'Rabbit Hole': Exclusive clip of Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Dianne Wiest

They’ve got five Oscar nominations and three wins between them. And now Nicole Kidman and Dianne Wiest are firmly in the running for nods this year for their performances as mother and daughter in John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole (out Dec. 17). Although they both play women who have lost children, the two of them actually provide some of the intense film’s lighter moments. In this clip provided by Lionsgate, Wiest’s character, Nat, tells Kidman’s Becca about a friend who got on her nerves after her son died of a drug overdose. This scene had the crowd howling at the Rabbit Hole premiere in Toronto.

Check back here in the coming weeks for more exclusive clips from this season’s top Oscar contenders.

The 2011 Oscar race so far


Pixar/Disney; Melissa Moseley


How’s this for a frightening thought? By this point last year, the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner had already hit movie theaters. So what’s next year’s winner going to be? Sex and the City 2? Valentine’s Day? Jonah Hex? Yikes. Is there any chance we can start 2010 over?

Granted, big awards-baiting films usually come out in the final three months of the year. But considering two of 2010’s ten Best Picture nominees (The Hurt Locker and Up) were released before the end of June, it’s only natural to wonder whether any films from the first half of this year could end up making the cut come next January. Most Oscar watchers are finding the pickings exceedingly slim. Says one Academy member, “I wouldn’t be surprised if nine of the ten Best Picture nominees come out of the second half of the year.”

The first six months of the year haven’t been completely barren, though. Sundance favorite Winter’s Bone has earned fantastic reviews, particularly for young star Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout turn, while a handful of other performances—Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, Vanessa Redgrave in Letters to Juliet—have an outside shot at being remembered at the end of the year. The hilarious and surprisingly moving Joan Rivers—A Piece of Work has also emerged as an early documentary favorite. But what little Oscar buzz there is so far revolves around Toy Story 3, which boasts an astounding 91 score on Metacritic and delivers eye candy and emotional heft in equal measure.

So how can Pixar maintain momentum from June all the way through Oscar night next February? Their strategy is to remain calm, cool, and collected. “I don’t know what we can do but wait at this point and hope for what happened with Up, which is that the movie just kept going,” says Tony Angellotti, who orchestrates Pixar’s Oscar campaigns. “We haven’t even had our first meeting yet.”

Pixar’s pulse may quicken in the coming weeks if a pair of July releases find themselves in the awards hunt. After just missing out on a Best Picture nod with The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan returns with the smart, inventive thriller Inception—and as District 9 proved, a smart, inventive thriller can catch the Academy’s attention in a ten-picture race. Meanwhile, the intimate indie The Kids Are All Right—in which Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play a couple whose lives are turned upside down when their teenage children seek out their sperm-donor father—is buoyed by its unique premise, sharp writing, and affecting performances by the entire cast. “This movie really came from a personal, passionate, original place,” costar Mark Ruffalo tells EW. “It wasn’t thought of in a boardroom or in a focus group before it was written. It wasn’t made to sell toys or videogames. A lot of movies are put together through marketing. That’s why there are so many s— movies out there.” Here’s hoping the last six months of the year can turn that around. (Additional reporting by Carrie Bell)

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