Of the Big 8 Academy Awards, it's seems typical that the most contentious is Best Actress. It makes no difference on the perception of whether it's been a good year or a bad one-- even though with the scarcity of roles that Big Hollywood provides for strong female characters those good years tend to bring out a magnetism and bitchiness like nothing else-- and yet it's not just the ugly word of sexism that rears its head, though that's a major part of it; why does Best Actress tend to egg on the most fights? Mind you, this is something that carriers itself well after the arduous campaigning of Oscar-ing is far over, but the mantles that grace the Best Actress Oscars tend to carry over a wave of something else that permeates into a broader conversation well after memory of that certain year's whatsits have long ended. It seems foolish to think that harsher words would be spoken about a male counterpart than, say, Halle Berry's post-Oscar resumé, and while it's true that Catwoman would stink with anyone's insignia, her post awards doldrums aren't in way more or less offensive than, say, Adrien Brody's post-Oscar filmography, not that many seem overly fixated on that. Furthermore, even if a stat held true for the men, there would be little mention of an alleged post-Oscar curse after the personal relationships dissolved for past winners like Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Kate Winslet. Pure coincidence, or not, or really. who should particularly care? Furthermore, the nastiness of the Mean Girls variety when pertaining to Best Actress is hardly a new thing whatsoever, for even in prior ages when the campaigning was less magnified and scrutinized, the bitch flag comes up over and over again from the fans and press eager to further flames-- the 1954 Oscar race between Grace Kelly (nominated in pure ingenue mode for deglaming in The Country Girl) was up against Judy Garland (for her massive comeback movie A Star is Born); Kelly won and the vitriol has never really stopped.
And so who will win? Will, like many races this year, I'm a bit all over the place but I bet on gut so here we go:
WILL WIN: Emmannuelle Riva, Amour
Here's the Guru's of Gold and their say on Best Actress. Courtesy of Movie City News.