Amy Adams, “Enchanted”
Nikki Blonsky, “Hairspray”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Sweeney Todd”
Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en rose”
Ellen Page, “Juno”
Music be the food of Globe nominations, at least as far as this category is concerned. Singing is prominent for four of the five nominees, and even Ellen Page co-carries a brief tune in “Juno.”
Thanks to her winning turn in the underdog smash, Page is the hip, likable new ingenue on the scene, which is saying something when the skyrocketing Amy Adams is also present. Adams’ indispensable performance in “Enchanted” put that movie on the map and further established her as an A-list talent in the making.
Of course, there has been buzz about Marion Cotillard’s portrayal of Edith Piaf almost the entire year. Perhaps nothing did more to augment Cotillard’s kudo candidacy than the recent “For Your Consideration” ads with rather stunning real-life pictures of her, underscoring her transformation into Piaf while also reminding the film’s springtime viewers of the power of her performance.
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Voters might hold the quality of Helena Bonham Carter’s singing in “Sweeney Todd” against her, but then again, Cotillard’s singing was dubbed, so maybe Bonham Carter will get points for effort — as well as her beauteous resonance as the film’s Mrs. Lovett. Or maybe that just leaves an opening for Nikki Blonsky — the kind of opening that she reminds us in “Hairspray” you should never completely dismiss.