Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Best Actress

And the nominees are:

Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
as: Queen Elizabeth I

Julie Christie, Away From Her
as: Fiona Anderson

Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
as: Edith Piaf

Laura Linney, The Savages
as: Wendy Savages

Ellen Page, Juno
as: Juno MacGuff

The majestic Julie Christie has pretty much swept the critics prizes, the Golden Globe, and SAG award... she's Hollywood royalty (remember Darling, Dr. Zhivago, her love affair with Warren Beatty.) My brain says it's going to Christie this year for her lauded turn as a woman battling Alzheimers. However, Cotillard recently snapped up the BAFTA prize to go to her wrongly awarded Golden Globe, and the Academy loves them tortured biopic stories. Then again Page is the star of the year, and Juno is the zeitgeisty hit of the year, and my heart goes with her. It's the age old question of brain vs. heart, and problem I think a lot of Academy votes suffer from. My argue that Jodie Foster and Angelina Jolie were the painful snubs of the year, but I'm more upset about Amy Adams for enchanting Enchanted and Nicole Kidman's achingly blunt Margot at the Wedding. In the end of Christie gets the pick for the eventual winner, but Cotillard or Page are not far behind. In a rare twist of the Academy wronging the sins of the critics, the Globes, and everybody else they honored Laura Linney for her singular, completely honest and tender portrayl in The Savages. She would have my vote, period. The less said about the double Blanchett nomination, the better-- love ya, but yeah.

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