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