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Scarlett's Out-of-Body Oscar Buzz

Johansson’s performance in ”Her” as the voice of a robot may earn the actress an Oscar nom

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Scarlett Johansson’s voice has everyone talking. Passionate arguments are being drawn for and against her getting a supporting-actress nomination for Her, in which she plays the sentient, adorable artificial intelligence known as Samantha, who tempts Joaquin Phoenix’s heart in writer-director Spike Jonze’s offbeat love story. Though she doesn’t appear on screen (Samantha’s one drawback is her lack of a body), her smoldering intimacy as the character has some hoping she’ll be the first-ever acting nominee for a purely vocal performance. Don’t count the Golden Globes in her favor. They recently deemed her ineligible for their acting prize, even though they created a special award in 1993 to honor Robin Williams’ voice acting in Disney’s animated Aladdin. The Academy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards will allow her as a potential nominee, but it remains to be seen if voters will heed the call.