Awards

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Kevin Spacey

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Like idol Jack Lemmon, Spacey is becoming one of this generation's premier everymen. CONS: Some felt casting choice not among year's best. In E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer-winning…

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Will Smith

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Hard to imagine anyone doing a better job of portraying Ali. CONS: Some say biopic falls to capture emotional impact of the champ. Early in his career, by taking the role of a…

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Gene Hackman

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Though pic's reviews were mixed, perf was labeled a standout. CONS: Is it a lead or supporting role? When Gene Hackman huddled with director Wes Anderson a couple of years ago in…

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Russell Crowe

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Great range: from a Roman fighter to a world-renown intellect CONS: Nom seems a sure bet, but can he pull a Tom Hanks and win two years in a row? Director Ron Howard hadn't seen…

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Ben Kingsley

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Kingsley is loading up on several “best” lists, including a Globes nom. CONS: Ferocity of his performance, and pic's darkness, might scare off some. Ben Kingsley should be…

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Michelle Pfeiffer

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: More than a pretty face, Pfeiffer has Oscar credibility. CONS: It may be tough to draw attention next to Penn. Michelle Pfeiffer describes “I Am Sam” as a soul-cleansing…

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Tom Cruise

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Was willing to disregard his looks to get into character CONS: Many viewers confused by the pic. When “Chinatown” came out in 1974, Jack Nicholson was lauded for his willingness…

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Ed Harris

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: No matter the size of the role, always gives a memorable perf. CONS: Is his work overshadowed by the leads? Casting the role of William Parcher, a mysterious government official…

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