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.