“I have doubts!”

Posted by · 1:31 pm · November 4th, 2008

Meryl Streep in DoubtTo bring it back to Oscar talk for a moment, the first curiosity is that people are still talking about the film when asked to refrain from doing so until an actual print is shown, but that aside, Dave Karger presents the case again (to back up his top 3 assertion in the recent issue of Entertainment Weekly) that John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” is heading for a Best Picture nomination.  He remarks:

It’s looking fairly likely that four of the film’s actors—Streep, Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis—will earn acting nominations for their work in the movie. Since the Academy Awards began, 22 films have received four or more acting nominations. All 22 of them also made it into the Best Picture race. So for now, Doubt‘s got Oscar history on its side. But if one member of its acting quartet begins to lose momentum (Adams is probably the shakiest of the four, since her role is the least showy), then I could very easily end up being dead wrong.

I won’t go into my thoughts on the film yet, no matter how much the chatter makes me want to (especially since I’m beginning to suspect I have a minority opinion — at least among those who’ve seen it so far).  But suffice it to say, I think all this rationalizing might be a touch off base.  One, probably two of the actors are secure.  Of the others, one needs publicity to keep an eye on the ball (brief but powerful, as expected), while one needs the coattails of major awards attention.  We’ll see.

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  • 1 11-04-2008 at 2:10 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I think Streep and Hoffman are as guaranteed as they come, and I’d bet on Adams a little more than Davis (only because I have no idea what Davis’ role is like). Anyway, I think it’ll land three acting nominations, putting it in the “Michael Clayton” slot for a possible Best Picture nomination.

    I also think “Revolutionary Road” has a good shot at three acting nods, and thank goodness! Last year’s acting field was the broadest it’s ever been. Good for some, not so much for those who want total awards domination sweeps. ;)

  • 2 11-04-2008 at 3:10 pm

    Luke Gorham said...

    Kris seems to be indicating, if I’m interpreting correctly, that Streep is most likely, with Hoffman also a strong possibility; meanwhile, Davis will need strong critical favor to boost her, while Adams will most likely only be in if the film explodes, nabbing noms left and right.

    And not knowing what a role is like is a very bad reason to count out a perf; Davis’ role in the play is much more gutwrenching and affecting that Adams’ (read, more Oscar-friendly).

  • 3 11-05-2008 at 12:17 am

    Glenn said...

    Considering how weak supporting actress appears I’d say Davis or Adams would be a solid bet if the film is a BP nominee. I’m still leaning towards Davis because we’ve seen what she can do in small roles (“Far From Heaven”, “World Trade Center”, “Antwone Fisher”) so with an apparently explosive character to play I’m sure she’ll be spectacular.

  • 4 11-05-2008 at 5:24 am

    Eunice said...

    Thanks, Kris! I’ve been waiting to hear even a tidbit about Doubt. I know why there isn’t anything yet, and frankly, I hope we all see the final cut soon.

    So, the rundown is Streep and Hoffman might be secure in their positions (Streep’s more secure than Hoffman, I’d assume), and based on the clue, Viola Davis needs the publicity while Amy Adams has to be on-the-radar during the season.

    And I agree with Luke, we really shouldn’t count out Viola Davis. Her scenes with Sister Aloysius in the play are pretty Oscar-grabbing, and would be more so especially if it’s played well.

  • 5 11-05-2008 at 5:35 am

    loveman113 said...

    i just wanted to point out, and this has nothing to do with hindering the chances of Doubt has a best picture nominee, but if you look back at 1936, My Man Godfrey received 4 acting nominations but was not up for Best Picture. It even got a Best Director and Best Screenplay nomination but still, no Best Picture nomination.