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As is traditional now that the Academy Award nominations have been announced, we’re profiling the nominees in each of the main categories and assessing their strengths and weaknesses going into the competition. We already profiled Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Today is about the leading ladies. Will it all go Cate Blanchett’s way? Can Sandra Bullock float in and cause an upset? Will Meryl Streep take another statue home just because? Here’s how it looks…

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AMY ADAMS - AMERICAN HUSTLE

Amy Adams - American Hustle

WHY SHE WILL WIN WHY SHE WON'T WIN
1. American Hustle is clearly highly regarded by the Oscar voters, and Adams has what’s probably the most complicated and layered role in the film. She’s working with Bale’s Irving (or is she?) who she loves (or does she?) while flirting with Cooper’s DiMaso (or is…you get the idea) and sparring with Lawrence’s Rosalyn. 1. Because Adams’ role is so layered, her true motivations aren’t always clear, and she therefore lacks some of the emotional whammy of other nominees. Also, Cate Blanchett’s looking like a lock for this category.
2. Adams is a four-time Oscar nominee in the Supporting category, so she’s been consistently good for years, she won the Globe this year (in the Musical/Comedy category) and was BAFTA nominated. 2. Adams wasn’t even nominated in her own right for the SAG awards (she won as part of the Ensemble), and her many past Oscar nods are no guarantee of success, as Martin Scorsese could attest.
3. If showing a bit of cleavage can help sway the voters, Adams will romp the field. Her costumes were hellaciously sexy. 3. Will her giant disco hair put off voters who had to endure it first time around?

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I like Adams very much, she is for sure one of the most talented actresses of her generation but this year well.. It's Blanchett. Also I think she had better performances than this. More

Posted by bassbariton88 on Friday February 21, 2014, 21:28

2 A Tight race in a not so tight category
Blanchett, Adams, Bullock, Streep, Dench. Such incredible actors with a wide range of talent. I have no idea who will and/or should win. This Is tough decision, so let's run it down. First of all, Streep and Dench probably won't win Oscar gold. Dench probably won't win because Philomena (at least in my opinion) was the "black sheep nod" for best picture. What I mean is that a "black sheep nod" Is a nod for a best pic that didn't really deserve it. There were a few in the last few years. Like The Reader for 2008, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for 2011, and (depending on your standpoint) Les Mis in 2012. They usually don't win much. But Kate Winslet won the Oscar back in '09. That could factor something, but probably won't. Steep has 3 wins and 18 nods. She doesn't need another Oscar, she won one 2 years ago. So it comes down to Bullock, Blanchett, and Adams. THIS is where it's gonna get ugly. I love Blanchett, she was really good in Jasmine, but I think she wasMore

Posted by Darren47 on Friday January 24, 2014, 20:45

3 Possible mistake
Is it me or is Amy Adam's #3 reason why she won't win better suited for Jennifer Lawrence? I may be wrong thou... More

Posted by pauojeda54 on Friday January 24, 2014, 15:36


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