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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Actress
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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It’s that time of year again, as Hollywood’s finest find themselves, with alarming regularity, donning outfits that cost more than your house and jewellery worth more than you will earn in a lifetime. But awards season is all building to one supreme event, the Empire Awards Oscars on February 24. Ahead of that milestone, we assess the chances of each nominee in the major categories, and see who’s looking good ahead of the big night...

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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Actress | Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva

Film: Amour

Why She Will Win

1  Riva’s performance in Amour is astonishing, probably the best of the lot, and that should surely count for something.
2 She’s won the BAFTA and the European Film Award for this already; perhaps a spirit of entente will move Hollywood to follow their lead.
3 Every voter influenced by the French New Wave will finally get a chance to show their knowledge of cinema history by voting for her. Alternatively, former film students may assume the film is a sequel to her performance in Hiroshima Mon Amour and reward her sight-unseen.

 

 Why She Won't Win

1  In the Best Actress category, the most famous nominee, or Hilary Swank, generally wins.
2 With the exception of BAFTA, Riva has yet to win any of the traditional Oscar signposts, which suggests she’s a minority candidate.
3 There’s only ever been one winner in her 80s, and that was Jessica Tandy, a well-established Hollywood star. Is it possible to win when you’re older and from out of town?

 

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1 Emmanuelle Riva's performance...
... was extremely impressive in the second part of the film, after she had her first stroke. But most French-speakers hated her performance in the first part of the film because of the terrible dialogue. Michael Haneke is not originally a french-speaker and he wrote dialogue that is terribly stilted and unfamiliar, it just doesn't ring true, particularly the way SHE talks to him. The dialogue between them is way too bourgeois and unbelievable to be taken seriously. I've seen the film twice and people in the cinema were wondering is she really going to talk like that all the time?"... Jean-Louis Trintignant deserved a nomination more than she did... More

Posted by Toursiveu on Tuesday February 19, 2013, 11:25


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