Awards

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Billy Bob Thornton

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Extensive 2001 body of work; has gotten raves. CONS: Will so many pics water down his chances? Though Billy Bob Thornton is no stranger to minimalist performances — indeed…

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Tilda Swinton

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Golden Globe nom and winner among Boston critics CONS: Does she have name recognition with voters? Tilda Swinton has a problem with the word “mainstream.” She has been acting in…

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Sissy Spacek

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Acad might be glad to see her back on the bigscreen with meaty role. CONS: She’s at her dramatic best when angry; possibly a tough sell to voters. Thanks to her…

Marketplace

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Tom Wilkinson

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: The anchor of a film that has been building acclaim since Sundance 2001. CONS: Is he well known enough among Stateside voters? Talking to Tom Wilkinson, the first thing you…

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Audrey Tautou

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Miramax has a way of convincing the Acad that their foreign talents are more than a match for the U.S. pool. CONS: She’s adorable, but she’s only 23 and the movie’s in French…

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Denzel Washington

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Four-time nominee is extremely well-respected by voters. CONS: Subject matter not among Acad faves. FODs (Fans of Denzel Washington) were angry that his volcanic performance as…

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Halle Berry

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Receiving raves from critics for riding emotional roller coaster. CONS: Film is extremely bleak ; have enough voters seen it? Following her graceful Golden Globe and Emmy-winning…

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Jim Carrey

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Many voters thought Carrey was Oscar-worthy for “The Truman Show” and may want to make up for it here. CONS: Pic fared poorly at the box office. When the history of cinema is…

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Nicole Kidman

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Showed great range in polar-opposite roles. CONS: Perfs may compete vs. one another. If Nicole Kidman was the subject of a book, one might title the current chapter of her career…

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