Gary Old­man is re­mark­able as Win­ston Churchill in Joe Wright’s

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sus­pended pro­duc­tion

House of Cards. Ri­d­ley

All the Money in the World, fea­tures a trans­for­ma­tive per­for­mance by Spacey

Getty that once seemed to be a lock for a best ac­tor nom­i­na­tion. Now

a third act­ing Oscar has been es­sen­tially sus­pended, too.

3. DIS­ABIL­ITY CAR­RIES NO STIGMA

Play­ing a dis­abled char­ac­ter has long gen­er­ated Academy

too nu­mer­ous to men­tion,

stam­mer­ing King Ge­orge VI in The King’s Speech to

in Rain Man. be­lieve that this year will be any dif­fer­ent.

Oscar to go to ac­tresses play­ing a mute char­ac­ter,

per­for­mance as Helen Keller in The Mir­a­cle Worker, Mar­lee Matlin

per­former to have won the award) in Chil­dren of a Lesser God and Holly Hunter in The Pi­ano be­ing the only win­ners to date.

That will prob­a­bly change this year. After earn­ing a sup­port­ing nom­i­na­tion for Blue Jas­mine ac­tress Sally Hawkins has earned ma­jor awards buzz for her lead­ing role as a mute clean­ing lady who falls in love with

in The Shape of Wa­ter. the kind of tech­ni­cally pol­ished and so­cially sen­si­tive work that and want to share with hol­i­day au­di­ences — a sen­si­tive slice of feel­good en­ter­tain­ment in a sea­son that is about nur­tur­ing the good­ness of your heart.

prom­ise an es­cape from Dark­est Hour: po­lit­i­cal coun­ter­part

Dunkirk. be­com­ing prime min­is­ter,

gov­ern­ment di­vided over a war against Ger­many for which it is poorly pre­pared, or a peace treaty not much dif­fer­ent from sur­ren­der. Gary Old­man is re­mark­able as Churchill, com­pletely

cos­tum­ing and pros­thetic jowls, and Kristin Scott Thomas is dra­mat­i­cally and com­i­cally out­stand-

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