The 2009 Oscar Race is Behind Us
WINNER: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
This great American actor was first nominated way back in 1971 for The Last Picture Show when he was only 22 (trivia: that's the film that also brought Ellen Burstyn her first nomination). Nearly four decades later he finally picked up the gold man. Well done.
READER'S PREFERENCE POLLING: Colin Firth, A Single Man
NATHANIEL'S VOTE: Colin Firth, A Single Man (Jeff Bridges has won my gold medal before -- I didn't keep him waiting as long as Oscar. I owe him nothing but love him long time.)
60 years old
5th nom | 1st win!
UP IN THE AIR
48 years old
3 noms / 1 win
A SINGLE MAN
49 years old
72 years old
5 noms / 1 win
"Sgt. William James"
THE HURT LOCKER
39 years old
Other Awards NBR and 6 minor critics
Other Awards BAFTA and 4 minor critics awards
|How'd They Get Nominated?|
27% Fast spreading viral mood proclaimed "It's His Time!" So overdue for gold
27% Performance: lived-in, vanity free... typically excellent
27% Role: Alcoholics and entertainers are prime Oscar Bait
17% He's Jeff Bridges, Great American Actor
1% Does his own strumming / singing!
1% Popular movie with actors branch
|29% Performance: über charming without being offputting. In short...
29% He's George Clooney
25% in Christmas hit and Best Pic nominee
9% Role: a good Clooneyist fit with just enough depth to impress
7% Chemistry with Vera & Anna
1% Populist leaning Oscar year
|41% Role: Oscar has always loved mourning characters and actors who go gay-for-pay
12% Timing: Venice win really kicked off slow starting race and won hearts of precursors
9% Awesome Oscar clip: that phone call... Those leaky eyes
8% Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones and new personal best!
|50% Role: They love a noble biopic
26% He's Morgan Freeman and year-long assumption that he would be in = traction
17% Performance: he's dependable
4% Topical: Obama era 'bring divided nation together!' story and safely past-tense racial harmony plea
2% That famous voice... with an accent!
1% Clint Eastwood
|44% The Hurt Locker's strength as Best Pic lent coattails
27% Performance: quite terrific
13% Role: A good one for deep digging actor
9% 'If I'm going to die, I'm gonna die comfortable' convincingly acted bravery is a turn-on
6% rare fumble from Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
1% Welcome to club!
|Will Win / Should Win|
|Jeff Bridges for "Bad Blake" and all of his other indelible performances. It's about time. Though I do slightly prefer Colin Firth's Single Man if you're talking just about 2009|
|Who Got Robbed?|
|Considering how the precursors were playing out this was the best possible outcome of five me. Though there were handfuls of devout fans of Viggo Mortensen, Sam Rockwell, Sharlito Copley, Tobey Maguire and Joaquin Phoenix.|