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Old January 18 2013, 01:30 AM   #46
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Re: 2012 Oscar Nominations

Aren't the studios the ones who decide which category they are going to push for a nomination? If they think it's easier to get a nomination and win for supporting actor, they lobby the academy members for that nomination, even when the role is a lead? Sally Field's Mary Todd Lincoln is the female lead in Lincoln. But an older actress is going to have a harder time than a young one. So when the studio did those ads and mailings they push for supporting actress. Isn't this sort of thing pretty much what happens?
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Old January 18 2013, 02:44 AM   #47
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It's not the studio, the performer makes that call (the studio obviously has input, since they like to coordinate campaigns). Christoph Waltz switched abruptly from campaigning in lead to supporting this year (which worked out nicely for him), dropping in on his costars who'd been there the whole time.

Sally Field is the most prominent actress in Lincoln, but she is not an "actress in a leading role". The First Lady is clearly a supporting character. There have been any number of performances that blur the line between the two categories and where placement is arbitrary (Anthony Hopkins was thought to be a supporting actor in The Silence of the Lambs, but he asserted that he wanted to be considered a lead). Helen Hunt would be a better instance of a lead actress positioning herself as supporting this year for strategic reasons.
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Old January 18 2013, 04:02 PM   #48
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I doubt anything will ever top the silliness of Jamie Fox's Supporting Actor nomination for Collateral. He was in all but one or two brief scenes!
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Old January 18 2013, 11:51 PM   #49
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Foxx was second-billed, but he was at the very least the co-lead. Might you be thinking of COLLATERAL DAMAGE?
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Old January 19 2013, 12:11 AM   #50
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Uh, no. Look it up, Foxx was absolutely the lead, had rather more screen time than Cruise thanks to the opening sequence, and was still nominated for Supporting.
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Old January 20 2013, 08:26 PM   #51
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I seem to recall that some actress (whose name escapes me) won Best Supporting Actress for one scene in Network.
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Old January 20 2013, 10:37 PM   #52
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Ned Beatty was nominated for best supportin' actor for his role in Network, which amounted to two or three scenes, but he only had dialogue in one.
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Old January 26 2013, 10:13 PM   #53
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I doubt anything will ever top the silliness of Jamie Fox's Supporting Actor nomination for Collateral. He was in all but one or two brief scenes!
I think nothing tops Kevin Spacey being considered an actor in a supporting role for Usual Suspects - because, if he's not the lead in that movie, who the heck is?!
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Old January 28 2013, 01:29 AM   #54
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