"The right actors win Oscars, but for the wrong roles," Katherine Hepburn

"The right actors win Oscars, but for the wrong roles," Katherine Hepburn once said.

How true is that?! So often the Oscars nominations and sometimes wins seem to be given to actors, who are overdue for an award, but the role and performance they are nominated for are often only mediocre compared to their other performances.


The list of actors, who fall into this category, is endless. From Elizabeth Taylor, who was snubbed for many stronger performances until she received one for Butterfield, to Judy Dench, who received an Oscar for her minute performance. She had humor about it:

"Um," she said, "I feel, for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him."


This year Robert Duvall received a nomination for The Judge when his performance was most clearly not his strongest. But that said, Robert Duvall as an actor clearly deserves an Oscar.

Still it does not seem like a fair approach, but we know that the Oscars, like many other award shows, are highly political.   

But Robert Duvall receiving a nomination, when maybe not fair, is not half as disappointing as Ava DuVernay not receiving an Oscar nomination. 

But just like real politics in this country, what are you going to do.  


Neda Ulaby wrote a great article about this, much more detailed than mine: 


WATCH OUT FOR: The hottest actor on the scene right now!

Benedict Cumberbatch is the hottest thing in Hollywood at the moment. It seems like the Oscar is guaranteed for him in his wonderful performance in The Imitation Game.

Benedict has always been an outstanding actor, and he has always chosen wonderful projects. His quality of performance seems to reflect his quality of choice. From the TV show Sherlock, which brought him the most notoriety, to some of my favorite films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, August: Osage County, Atonement, 12 Years a Slave or Star Trek Into Darkness. He was even in the Hobbit Series. It is save to say that this actor does not let himself be typecast and for good reason, because he can carry all different characters. He reminds me so much of a younger Johnny Depp in his good years. One always could bet that whatever film Johnny would pick to be part of, would be not only good, but also be interesting and different, and he would nail it. This is so rare to find, and it is good to see that Benedict, after putting in his time, is now taking center lead. I look forward to what he will bring us next.

The New York Times just released a great article with much more detailed information on the Oscar contender. Read it here.