BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs Viola Davis in The Help Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams in My Week
With Marilyn Unfriend the winner on
Facebook: Williams dips out because the Marilyn script didn’t allow her a single ‘‘ impact scene’’ to truly wow viewers. While no shortage of impact scenes for the gifted newcomer Mara, the belief among older voters that she is yet to pay her industry dues will count her out. And too few Irish crossdressers in the Academy membership to get Close the support required.
Deserves to win, but won’t: Perceived wisdom had Streep across the line before her skilful impression of Margaret Thatcher had even hit cinemas. But Meryl is facing an uphill battle to prevail here. The two key factors? She hasn’t won an Oscar for almost 30 years,
and The Iron Lady was a very average film that made her showy work look better than it really is. And the winner is . . . Viola Davis. Throughout her career, Davis has quietly nailed role after role with absolute authority. It’s as if she is at her very best when you barely notice her. Superb anchoring
work saved The
Help from becoming the cheesy melodrama many were fearing. Sure to be the most popular winner of the night.