Monday, July 22, 2024

Early Oscar Action: Meryl vs. Viola, Round 2? Nicole Kidman in Supporting


Yes, it’s August 6th, and the Oscars are a million weeks away. But still, things are starting to rumble as films line up. It’s no big surprise that Meryl Streep will be in the running, although I doubt she’s very invested in a campaign after winning just five months ago. Still, Streep is so sublime in “Hope Springs” that she’ll be back. Ironically, so will Viola Davis, who alternated winning prizes last winter from “The Help” with Streep. Davis is said to be outstanding in “Won’t Back Down,” which opens in September. (If there’s a publicist for this movie, hey, email me.)

One name not in the Lead Actress group is Nicole Kidman, who I hear will take her extraordinary work in “The Paperboy” to the Supporting category. Too bad. Other names for Lead Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables,” Amy Adams in “The Master,” Halle Berry in “Cloud Atlas” and Laura Linney for “Hyde Park on Hudson,” Carey Mulligan for “The Great Gatsby,” and Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour,” which now, I fear, has been retitled “Love.” Let’s hope not. Kidman will have stiff competition from Sally Field in “Lincoln.” The race to the finish begins right after Labor Day.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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