Oscar Post-Mortem, Part 2 of 6

BEST LEADING ACTOR
My Head Says: Daniel Day-Lewis

My Heart Says: Daniel Day-Lewis

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis

Comments: I could have bet my whole 200-piece DVD collection on this.
Daniel Day-Lewis is almost guaranteed to win this award. The dark horse here is Johnny Depp, who has been nominated several times, but failed to win any. His display as a remorseless, singing-psychopathic killer in Sweeney Todd is by far his most versatile performance in his career.

Tommy Lee Jones, George Clooney, and Viggo Mortensen all did well but they featured in sub-par films. Hurt their chances, I'd guess.

In The Valley Of Elah: 6.5/10
Michael Clayton: 6.5/10
Eastern Promises: 5.5/10


BEST LEADING ACTRESS

My Head Says: Julie Christie
My Heart Says: Ellen Page
Winner: Marion Cortillad

Comments: A surprise as Marion Cortillad was the dark horse of this category, but it was well-deserved. Ellen Page is very gifted though she will have more opportunities in the future. Screen legend Julie Christie is one of the oldest nominees, with four nominations and a solitary win for Darling (1965). A sentimental favorite; maybe the members of the Academy 'failed to remember' to vote for her.

Cate Blanchett is one of the best actresses in the world now. But she has won an Oscar recently for The Aviator (2004), so she's an unlikely choice. Laura Linney deserves a nomination. She's unlucky to be competing with quality actresses; in a lesser year, she could have bagged it.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
My Head Says: Javier Bardem
My Heart Says:
Javier Bardem
Winner: Javier Bardem

Comments: A clear choice. Portraying one of the most chilling characters of the last decade, Javier Bardem joins Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal Lecter), and Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates) in the Hall Of Fear.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

My Head Says: Cate Blanchett
My Heart Says:
Amy Ryan
Winner: Tilda Swinton

Comments: Another female dark horse wins it. Tilda Swinton was just short of becoming a nervous wreck in the legal thriller Michael Clayton, though her display was commendable. A respectable win. Amy Ryan, the foul-mouth mother of a missing child in Gone Baby Gone gives a scintillating performance and should have won the Oscar.

I thought the Academy would have favored Cate Blanchett, who proves her versatility with an unorthodox role in I'm Not There. Ruby Dee (American Gangster) and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) should thank their lucky stars for a slightly undeserved nomination. Where's Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd)?


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