Oscar roundup: October 23
Part of me just wants to skip this week’s roundup altogether, since the only film with any awards hopes whatsoever is Amelia. And even that is seeming more like a stretch with each review that comes out. But let’s run down its chances anyway.
Best Actress, Hilary Swank: She’s certainly an Academy favorite, and biopics are the best way an actor can catch voters’ attention. But ouch, those reviews!
Best Supporting Actor, Richard Gere: He’s never been nominated (despite winning a Golden Globe for Chicago). And I’d say he’s the best thing in the movie.
Best Original Score, Gabriel Yared: Like Swank, he’s also a past winner (for The English Patient). And his swelling is score is a large part of the film’s epic feel. But ouch, those reviews!
Best Cinematography, Stuart Dryburgh, and Best Costume Design, Kasia Walicka-Maimone: Say what you want about the weak script and some stiff acting. The movie still looks spectacular.
Best Picture: A talented director, a great period look, a prestige cast. It seemed Oscary months ago, and some older voters might still cotton to the film. But…well, you know.