I’m getting flack for not including Abbie Cornish, star of Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” in the Oscar mix!
Sure, toss her name into the game. We’ve already got “Precious” star Gabby Sidibe, Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, and a few others. To think that a couple of months ago this category looked slight. No more!
Cornish was very good in the second “Elizabeth” movie with Cate Blanchett. Somehow that film wound up getting trashed — it was wrong, I think — and Cornish had to start over. She was also unfortunately part of a Hollywood soap opera in the divorce of Ryan Phillippe from Reese Witherspoon. Well, Hollywood is baptism by fire!
Cornish is currently shooting “Sucker Punch,” the Zack Snyder film with a big cast including Oscar Isaac, Jon Hamm, Carla Gugino and Vanessa Hudgens. But I do think “Bright Star” will make a comeback in awards season, and look our for Miss Cornish. She may just surprise us all.