Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ outstanding turn as the murderous Velma Kelly in “Chicago” is one of the greatest musical performances in the history of cinema. When Rob Marshall’s directorial debut received critical acclaim, the debate between the categorization of the three stars, Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, and Zeta-Jones.
As analysts saw unfold during the 2002 awards season, Gere and Zellweger campaigned in the lead categories while Zeta-Jones went down the supporting route, despite being billed first on marketing materials.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who hosts the Golden Globes, nominated Zeta-Jones in Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical alongside Zellweger, who won the award. Later the SAG awards, which honors the campaign submissions, nominated and awarded Zeta-Jones in Supporting Actress.
In the end, Richard Gere ended as the big snub in Lead Actor at the Academy Awards, while Zellweger, despite wins at Globes and SAG, lost the Oscar to Nicole Kidman in “The Hours.” Catherine Zeta-Jones was triumphant and was also nominated alongside one of her co-stars Queen Latifah.
While Zeta-Jones has quite a lot of screen time, it seems to be open for a debate on her official status and where she should have campaigned.
Is Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”) really a SUPPORTING player?
Is it category fraud or is it sincerely open for debate? For decades the Academy Awards and movie studios have pushed or cited a performance that is heavily believed to be a lead performance in a supporting category or vice versa.
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Is Catherine Zeta-Jones SUPPORTING in “Chicago?”
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