Having recently seen Nebraska a second time (full review coming), I'm more confident that Alexander Payne favorite June Squibb (who played Jack Nicholson's wife in About Schmidt) can ride her scene-stealing laughs in the new film to a nomination. The film opened yesterday in limited release and though the Oscar attention is all on Bruce Dern at the moment, that could well change since the film is endearing on more than just the Dern-level.
Trivia Alert #1 If June Squibb is nominated she will be the third oldest nominee ever in the Supporting Actress category after Gloria Stuart (Titanic) and Ruby Dee (American Gangster)
August Osage County and Jennifer Lawrence trivia after the jump
Having recently seen August: Osage County for the first time -- I know I know. I need to share my thoughts -- I no longer feel so antsy about predicting Margo Martindale, who was the safest best even before filming began due to the timing in her career and the role itself. The reviews for the films have been both weirdly generous and withholding... it seems like everyone has won breathless raves (even those who are merely good) but none have won the consensus ribbon of "Best in Show". In a better world, one where awards-voting bodies thought for themselves, that might make August: Osage County a fascinating case study in non-consensus with Supporting Actress prizes popping up regularly though not for the same actress leading to a wildly tumultous awards season. But in the world we do live in, chances are that the voting bodies will just go with whoever wins the earliest honors and stay "on trend". So it's all up to the those who cry "first!" -- the ones who are willing to vote even before they've had a chance to see all of the year's pictures.
Trivia Alert #2 If Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for American Hustle she's going to break an Oscar record. She'll be officially the youngest performer (at 23) to ever win 3 acting nominations. The record currently breaks down like so...
Youngest to 3 Nominations (Lead & Support)
- Teresa Wright for Little Foxes, Pride of Yankees and Mrs Miniver by 24. (Disclaimer: Mickey Rooney actually wins this if you count his special Juvenile Award as he was nominated for Best Actor twice for Babes in Arms and The Human Comedy by the age of 23)
- Natalie Wood for Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass and Love with the Proper Stranger by 25.(Neither Teresa nor Natalie were ever nominated again. Too much too soon?)
- Kate Winslet for Sense & Sensibility, Titanic and Iris and...
Jennifer Jones for The Song of Bernadette, Since You Went Away, and Love Letters -both by 26.
- Elizabeth Taylor for Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly Last Summer by 27.