Because the Oscars are moved up to late February this year, we’re merely days away from the big nominations. Naturally this thrills and titillates me, but before the big day comes and all the expected noms go to Lincoln, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, and the “Skyfall” theme, let’s suggest some underdogs for consideration. Here are my personal picks in each of the acting categories:
Best Actor: Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs: I was shocked at how moving this movie was, and I was astounded at the depth and believability of Jones’ cantankerous character. This is hard for me to admit, because I do not support Jones’ win for The Fugitive.
Best Actress: Judi Dench in Skyfall: I didn’t love the movie, but I adored Dench’s surprisingly grand turn in her final Bond picture.
Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller in The Perks of Being a Wallflower: His most compelling work onscreen, and a delightful and memorable gay character. Have I mentioned this is such a refreshing performance after the dreadfulness of We Need to Talk About Kevin? MOVE OUT OF TOWN, TILDA.
Best Supporting Actress: Carmen Ejogo in Sparkle: Sass and soul!