Awards

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Guy Pearce

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: One of several Oz talents who are currently wowing Hollywood. CONS: Pic came out early in year and distrib seems shy in Oscar campaign. “I have this condition,” the character…

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Renee Zellweger

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OSCAR QUOTIENT HITS: Likable actress delivers a feisty performance in a box office hit, complete with accent and physical appearance overhaul. MINUS: Romantic comedies released in spring can…

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Naomi Watts

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OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Star-making turn all the more impressive in complicated role. CONS: Will Acad think she’s paid her dues? Even though Naomi Watts was convincing as all-American Betty Elms in…

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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…

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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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