Over the past few weeks there have been a few whispers that Paramount was considering campaigning for Up in the Air‘s Vera Farmiga in the Best Actress category so that she wouldn’t compete with her breakout costar Anna Kendrick. Now I hear from Farmiga’s camp that her campaign will definitely be in the supporting actress race. Even though it’s not ideal to have multiple contenders from the same film in one category, it’s certainly the right decision in this case. I haven’t counted their minutes of screen time, but having seen the movie twice now, Farmiga’s role seems smaller than Kendrick’s; there are patches of the film where she doesn’t appear at all.

So can both Up in the Air ladies make the final cut? With Mo’Nique (Precious) and Julianne Moore (A Single Man) seeming like safe bets at the moment, it all depends on how many bona fide contenders end up coming out of Nine. Depending on how the film turns out, it could provide three Best Supporting Actress nominees…or none.

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