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Abbie Cornish earns 'Bright Star' raves

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The reviews are in, and they’re terrific. The New York Times‘ A.O. Scott praised Abbie Cornish’s performance in Jane Campion’s period drama Bright Star, saying that she plays John Keats’ young lover Fanny Brawne “with mesmerizing vitality and heart-stopping grace….She’s as good as Kate Winslet, which is about as good as it’s possible to be.” My own colleague Lisa Schwarzbaum cited “Cornish’s lovely, open-hearted performance.” In Part 2 of our OscarWatch interview, Cornish tells me why she was a loner on the Bright Star set, and what it’s like to have butterflies as your costars.

Watch Part 1 of the interview here, or check out segments with Matt DamonColin Firth, or my Best Actress report with Missy Schwartz. And follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for my Oscar alerts.

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