Oscar Analysis 2014: Breaking Down The Best Actress Race

By Mack Rawden 2014-01-28 13:33:15discussion comments
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Cate Blanchett American Hustle
FRONTRUNNER: Cate Blanchett
Blue Jasmine is a difficult film to sit through and not because it features director Woody Allenís typical dialogue rife with sophisticated references and witty, high class retorts. No, Blue Jasmine is a difficult film to sit through because at its core it offers viewers a woman thatís rapidly spiraling out of control. It offers a selfish, manipulative and oblivious former socialite who is every bit as hard to root for as she is honest and complicated. Thanks to Allenís tribute at the Globes, there has recently been quite a bit of talk about how complicated and fascinating Woodyís women typically are. Iím not going to say Jasmine is the best heís ever given us, but in Blanchetteís capable hands, she deserves to be at least mentioned.

At this point, itís easier to count the number of Best Actress awards Blanchett has lost over the past few months (4) than it is to count the number of honors sheís won (more than 30). Altogether, thatís enough to make her a prohibitive favorite to take home her second statue and first for Best Actress. If youíre filling out a pool and you go with Blanchett, this should be one of your safest categories, but as weíve found out dozens of times in the past, every now and again defeat gets snatched from the jaws of assumed victory.

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