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The 2009 Oscar Race is Behind Us

WINNER: Mo'Nique, Precious
She steamrolled her way through award season with this astonishing performance (possibly the decade's best in this category). She's one of very few stand up comics to win Hollywood's top prize (Robin Williams is another. He nabbed Best Supporting Actor for the 1997 film year in Good Will Hunting)


READER'S PREFERENCE POLL: Mo'Nique, Precious
NATHANIEL'S VOTE: Mo'Nique, Precious (Vera Farmiga also made my shortlist)

Penélope Cruz
"Carla"
NINE
35 years old
47 films
3 noms / 1 win
Vera Farmiga
"Alex Goran"
UP IN THE AIR
36 years old
23 films
1st nomination!
Maggie Gyllenhaal
"Jean Craddock"
CRAZY HEART
32 years old
26 films
1st nomination!
Anna Kendrick
"Natalie Keener"
UP IN THE AIR
24 years old
7 films
1st nomination!
Mo'Nique
"Mary Jones"
PRECIOUS
42 years old
14 films
1st nom & win!

Other Awards none
Release
Dec 18th
Box Office
$19
Role
Guido Contini's horny depressed mistress

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Cruz | Nine

Other Awards none
Release
Dec 4th
Box Office
$82
Role
Ryan Bingham with a vagina

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Vera | Up in the Air

Other Awards none
Release
Dec 16th
Box Office
$26
Role
longsuffering girlfriend of boozy has been country star

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Maggie | Crazy Heart

Other Awards NBR and 3 minor critics
Release
Dec 4th
Box Office
$82
Role
A tightly wound grad student, climbing the corporate ladder

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Anna | Up in the Air

Other Awards
Globes, BFCA, SAG, BAFTA, LA, NY and 13 minor critics groups
Release
Nov 6th
Box Office
$47
Role
Mary Jones, abusive mentally ill mother

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Mo'Nique | Precious

How'd They Get Nominated?
29% Year-long assumption that she would be in = traction
26% Role: Long-suffering spouse/ gf
23%
Performance: sexy, sad, funny
14%
"A Call From the Vatican" hotness never hurts [this rule applies to actresses only]
6% So famous she can even get mainstream talk shows to push...
2% Broken Embraces
38% Performance: Sexy, smart, funny
34% in Christmas hit, a well liked Best Pic
17% Role: 'Mystery woman' never an auto-matic Oscar gimme but does provide meat for hungry actresses
7% Vera's growing fanbase in at least two quandrants: (critics, industry)
3% George Clooney
1% The Departed
40% Role: Long-suffering spouse/ gf
35% Jeff Bridges' instant "win" traction, late-breaking Crazy Heart love sure helped
11% It's about time! [See: Secretary, Happy Endings, Sherrybaby]
10%
Performance: Teary, sympathetic
4% Weak competition: Moore (too little screen-time); Others (category problems)
60% Role: Quite a comic foil alongside a well loved star. Some say any young actress would've won the nom'
15% Performance: She's got the comic gift
15% Timing: early precursor win (NBR), Picture heat and Christmas box office
3% They like 'em young here
1%Twilight mania will destroy us all
70% Performance: Greatness. 'Mary's Confession' is only the dramatic cherry on top
12% Role: they love a Monster Mom and...
7% comics w/ depth
5% vanity-free work is an Oscar plus
4% Best Picture
3% "she won't campaign!" was press that helped rather than hurt (as intended). It's about the work, baby!
Should Win / Will Win
Mo'Nique steamrolled through the precursor season because her performance is too titanic to be denied. If they only held Oscars once a decade for supporting actress, she'd still be a threat for the win.

But here's a thought: Who would win if Precious hadn't existed? Tough call. Who do you think? I'm guessing an Up in the Air girl but I'm betting it woulda been pretty volatile in terms of "win" traction, with Kendrick losing early steam and giving "time to honor a whole career" a window in. Maybe someone who wasn't even nominated with Mo'Nique in the mix... Julianne Moore?
Who Got Robbed?
Depends on how you look at it. The biggest casuality of category fraud was Marion Cotillard (Nine) who lost all traction once campaigned as lead. The biggest casualities of internal competition were the Basterd girls (Diane Kruger & Melanie Laurent) who were passed over despite the overall love of the film...even from actors (see SAG win). The biggest casualty in terms of precursor expectations was Julianne Moore in A Single Man. But I also really missed seeing Rosamund Pike here for An Education, a performances that is the definition of 'supporting'.