Hollywood’s stars will gather Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for their biggest night of the year. Red carpets will be unfurled, outfits judged and in the end, quality work will be rewarded (hopefully).
Even our best and brightest actors don’t all have spotless résumé, though. Whether it was due to early career desperation, poor advice or just bad decision-making, almost all of this year’s acting nominees have at least one big-screen skeleton in their closet. (Lupita Nyong’o and Barkad Abdi are notable exceptions since both have been nominated for their debut performances.)
The good news for us (and them): Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who were all nominated last year, too, have not made worse movies than “Leap Year”, “The Beaver” and “The Words” since last year.
So it’s not all hate, we have added a small recommendation for a lesser-known or loved film by the actor.
Also, just so it’s on the record: If you want a prediction for who’s going to take home the big prize, look no further than the previous victories for “Avatar” or “Titanic” over more respected but smaller films. The production professionals make up the largest block of Oscar voters and this year they should be enough to see “Gravity” edge ahead of the difficult “12 Years a Slave” and the somewhat vacant “American Hustle.”
But you just never know…