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Massive Oscar Tracker Update!

With the recent announcements of Keira Knightley from David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method being campaigned in the Lead Actress category and every actor from Roman Polanski’s Carnage being campaigned in the Supporting categories by Sony Pictures Classics, the Awards Circuit’s Oscar Tracker has been updated.

What do these announcement’s mean awards-wise?  Knightley is going to have an uphill climb indeed for her category with seven or eight leading ladies already duking it out.  The cast of Carnage might have an easier time especially stars Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster who have received good early buzz for their performances.  If Max Von Sydow is not the performance we think he is for Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close or if George Clooney’s The Ides of March buzz dies altogether, Waltz may have a very easy get for himself in the Supporting Actor category.  John C. Reilly hasn’t been much of an awards talker thus far and I don’t expect anything to change on that regards.

Jodie Foster on the other hand has to beat out Vanessa Redgrave, an already rewarded veteran, along with actresses like Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Judi Dench, and Shailene Woodley for a mention in Supporting Actress.  You can’t forget about Melissa McCarthy, Carey Mulligan, and Janet McTeer who are longshots but have their respective fan bases and critics could come to bat for.  Kate Winslet, who’s received some decent mentions, doesn’t seem like a strong possibility at the moment.  Like Reilly, she looks to sit this one out.

Other notable additions to the Tracker are Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter in Original Screenplay, Jessica Chastain for her three supporting works in Nichols’ film, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, and Tate Taylor’s The Help, the Awards Circuit’s predicted performance for recognition, and Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in a plethora of categories but no addition to Benedict Cumberbatch yet; there’s isn’t enough substantial notices to add him on yet but rest assured, I’m keeping a close lookout.

Take a look at the Tracker and comment if you think we should add a performance or a film that is not listed.  Keep in mind, not all comments will be added but all suggestions will be considered.

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Robert MacFarlane

Would it kill studios to run an honest campaign? This category fraud business has become ridiculous. It’s pretty obvious that all of the performances in Carnage are leads, just like Closer (look into your hearts, you know it to be true). The one that bothers me the most is Hunter McCracken. It’s just as egregious as Hailee Steinfeld last year.


After having seen The Help this weekend I think Jessica Chastain must be in, this is one of those phenomenal breakout years you hardly ever see. Although I thought she valiantly shown a lot of depth and soul in The Tree Of Life, she slays here with a totally different kind of ditzy screwball performance, showing an astonishing amount of range. This big showcase year should at the very least lead to more lead roles. I’d nominate 4 actresses from it actually, obviously Spencer but Bryce Dallas Howard was brilliant as well. If one year was to equal the old… Read more »


I am sure Cumberpatch will one day get a nomination (this year depends upon how many veterans the Academy wants to honor with a nomination). I still dislike him greatly for his small role in Atonement … and if that has stuck with me for this long it must mean that he is a quite good actor. He deserved to be punched in that film … and that says a lot.



Norman (**)

Simplicity of Mel