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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.)

Jeff Bridges
"Bad Blake"
CRAZY HEART
60 years old
57 films
5th nom | 1st win!
George Clooney
"Ryan Bingham"
UP IN THE AIR
48 years old
31 films
3 noms / 1 win
Colin Firth
"George"
A SINGLE MAN
49 years old
40 films
1st nomination!
Morgan Freeman
"Nelson Mandela"
INVICTUS
72 years old
58 films
5 noms / 1 win
Jeremy Renner
"Sgt. William James"
THE HURT LOCKER
39 years old
18 films
1st nomination!

Other Awards Globe, SAG, BFCA, LA and 2 minor critics
Release
Dec 16th
Box Office
$26
Role
Bad Blake a boozy has-been, struggling for redemption and a comeback

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Bridges | Crazy Heart

Other Awards NBR and 6 minor critics
Release Dec 4th
Box Office
$82
Role
Frequent flyer, determined loner, and corporate axe man.

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Clooney | Up in the Air

Other Awards BAFTA and 4 minor critics awards
Release
Dec 11th
Box Office
$8
Role
A gay British professor and widower who can't get over the loss of his man.

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Firth | A Single Man

Other Awards NBR
Release
Dec 11th
Box Office
$37
Role
Real Person Alert! Nelson Mandela, struggling to unite South Africa through sports

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Freeman | Invictus

Other Awards 3 minor critics awards
Release
June 26th
Box Office
$12
Role
Bomb diffusing expert and adrenaline junkie who is losing it in Afghanistan

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Renner| Hurt Locker

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
30%
Performance
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.