Carey Mulligan’s Oscar Chances

September 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Before Never Let Me Go premiered stateside at Telluride, most prognosticators thought that film’s best chances for an acting nomination were with Keira Knightley‘s supporting turn.  But once reviews started hitting the web it became clear that Mulligan was the true star of the show.  Peter Sciretta of /Film says that she deserves a second nomination, with David Poland going as far as to call her a “lock” for Best Actress; even those who found the film disappointing (like Kris Tapley) applauded Mulligan’s performance.

I still think Knightley has a better shot at a nomination (Supporting Actress is really weak this year, while Actress is one of the strongest categories of all of them), and Mulligan’s performance has been described as “inward” and largely without dialogue (and we all know Oscar favors histrionics over subtlety).  As for the film itself, reactions have been positive to mixed with some calling it a masterpiece and others saying it left them cold.  So while it’s Best Picture chances might have lessened, I’m still keeping it in the top 10 especially since UK reviewers have loved the film and there’s a large block of British voters in the Academy (hence the recent nods for Atonement and An Education).

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