Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jan. 9-11, 2015

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

NOTE: Because I didn’t get any films watched this weekend and the Golden Globes have made alterations to my normal Oscar Preview weekly wrap-up article, I’m posting this one early and will post the article that should have gone live yesterday this afternoon.

Still Alice

Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, the Academy had numerous opportunities to recognize the brilliant Julianne Moore in several iconic performances. Yet, they constantly found someone else, frequently less deserving, to reward. While Still Alice is certain to receive only one nomination this Thursday morning, it’s a nomination that seems to be leading to measurable buzz that this will finally be Moore’s year.

In 1997, she received her first nomination for her role in Boogie Nights, as the porn matriarch Amber Waves, her competition that year was an aged silent screen veteran (Gloria Stuart) and a washed-up ’80’s actress returning to glory in L.A. Confidential (Kim Basinger). Even though the other performances were better, Basinger came home with the Oscar and the first Moore Injustice was carried out.

Her second loss was in 1999 when she nabbed her first Lead Actress nomination for The End of the Affair. The Neil Jordan film wasn’t much of a hit with the Academy and they chose to go with Hilary Swank for the first of her two Oscars for Boys Don’t Cry, perhaps the only time Moore wasn’t the best of her category.

2001 saw the third and fourth of her nominations, becoming a new statistic with nominations in both Lead and Support in the same year. In lead, she was selected for Far From Heaven, while in support, she came in for The Hours. She lost in Supporting Actress to musical star Catharine Zeta-Jones in Chicago, one of the night’s inevitable victories. Meanwhile, her Hours co-star Nicole Kidman defeated Moore for the second major Moore Injustice.

Will this year actually be the one that gets her an Oscar. It’s been eleven years since we last had a film’s sole nominee win the Oscar for Best Actress. Charlize Theron was not “due” for a win, so that’s probably not the best example. Blue Sky‘s Jessica Lange, although not due for an Oscar (she already had one), is probably the best example of Oscar giving a film only one nomination and then rewarding it with a prize. Kathy Bates’ win for Misery in 1990 is the only other example in the last forty years. From there, it’s 1960 when you last had such an event and it was Sophia Loren then for Two Women.

As you can see, this does not give one hope that Moore will pull it out. However, that doesn’t stop the chatter and perhaps it could happen again this year, but I’m suspecting that someone else may also snag her trophy leaving her Oscarless on her fifth nomiantion.

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