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Can 'Rachel Getting Married' star Anne Hathaway get hitched to Oscar?

October 12, 2008 | 11:18 am

Sure, critics are cheering Anne Hathaway in "Rachel Getting Married," but can she really nab an Oscar nomination in a crowded category?


Already competing for the five slots are nine front-runners with 10 roles: Cate Blanchett ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Sally Hawkins ("Happy-Go-Lucky"), Angelina Jolie ("Changeling"), Nicole Kidman ("Australia"), Keira Knightley ("The Duchess"), Melissa Leo ("Frozen River"), Meryl Streep ("Doubt"), Kristin Scott Thomas ("I’ve Loved You So Long") and Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader"). Plus lots of other gals angling to get in, like Michelle Williams ("Wendy and Lucy") and Emma Thompson ("Last Chance Harvey").

However, Hathaway has a few strong factors in her favor. She may be known chiefly as the star of popcorn pix such as "The Princess Diaries" and "Get Smart," but Oscar has doled out nominations to other stars like her who've made the crossover to "serious" films. Before being nominated for "Leaving Las Vegas," Elisabeth Shue was known mostly for commercial fare such as "Cocktail," "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Back to the Future II and III." Before she won for "Monster," the standout films of Charlize Theron's career were "The Devil's Advocate," "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and "The Italian Job." Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning turn in "The Hours" was a radical departure from previous pix like "Dead Calm," "To Die For" and "Days of Thunder."


Another thing Anne Hathaway has going for her is the randy nature of Hollywood's naked Golden Boy. He loves actresses with goody-goody reputations who dare to take on naughty roles.

Just a few years after she portrayed a wholesome housewife in "It's a Wonderful Life," Oscar gave Donna Reed a generous tip for turning to prostitution in "From Here to Eternity" — a trophy as best supporting actress. Julia Roberts got a nomination in the lead race for taking up the same job in "Pretty Woman." The original "America's Sweetheart," Mary Pickford, didn't become so risqué to win her best-actress prize, but "Coquette" ended up causing a national uproar — not for her role as a reckless socialite, but for revealing a new hairdo: a bob. The news was so shocking that it made the front page of the New York Times.


(United Artists, Buena Vista, Columbia Pictures, Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics)

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Michelle Williams should get a nomination! she is a wonderful actress and already had a nom for Brokeback mountain! I hope that she will get a nom this year for the Oscars! she is not an A_list celebrity but a real actress with talent

This year , A. Hathaway is the new "Reese Witherspoon". Mark my words, she will deservedly be nominated- not just because of her brilliant career - performance, also she has been on the radar of many Academy Members & the Tinseltown crowd since she was snubbed a nomination for her breakout performance in "Brokeback" Also, helping her profile , she was a stellar host for SNL (the Best in a long time) , Hathaway handled the ex-boyfriend's issues with such grace & dignity.

Anne Hathaway WILL get a nomination. A win--well we'll hvae to see, but it definitely is possible. People have been hyping her up for years. She's likeable, she's young, she's beautiful. She's done everything so far that Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Gwyneth Paltrow did. And I think she really wants it. Which could be a good thing---but also bad.
I think a Best Actress Comedy Golden Globe is inevitable, unless Sally Hawkins pulls an upset.
Like many pundits, I'm predicting major movie stars in the final five slots. I feel like their work will overshadow the indie pictures this year, considering last year was a pretty weak year for actresses (compared to this year which is crowded)

Anne Hathaway
Angelina Jolie
Meryl Streep
Kristin Scott-Thomas
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

And I don't think the scandal with her ex-boyfriend will affect her at all. If I recall Jane Fonda won the Oscar for Klute the same year as her Hanoi scandal--and that was much more controversial.

Proof Hathaway has a shot? It's simple, she's young and A-List. With the exception of Helen Mirren (who was not young), and Marion Cotillard (who was not A-list), the last winners before this were: Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Hunt... Young A-listers are VERY common recepients of this award. That alone should guarantee at least a nomination. (others recently nominated in this vein: Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, Selma Hayek, Ellen Page, Naomi Watts, Renee Zellweger)... it's Hathaway's turn.

FINALLY, if this Demme film is considered a masterpiece (any many other reviewers say it is) it will get other noms. However, if it is also a more indie piece, it wont be considered epic enough to win the award so will most def. be up for the award that accentuates the most high profile aspect of the film: Best Actress. This will be the category where the film gets recognition for being a good film. (note the distribution of screenplay and acting noms and awards in recent years to cover different successes of different film achievements - the last film to get Actor and Actress together was 1997 - As Good As It Gets. Awards get distributed and this category could be the category to recognize the film as a whole while honoring other films that are more epic for the bigger prizes).

Um, Dr. L...what? Lets Parallel Anne Hathaway to Charlize Theron, Hathaway starred in Best Picture nominee "Brokeback Mountain" as well as Oscar bait "Becmoning Jane" and "Nicholas Nickleby" not to mention the comedy awards bait "The Devil Wears Prada." All Charlize Theron had prior to her Best Actress win was a SAG ensemble nomination. Guess what the only thing Hathaway has? A SAG ensemble nomination.

Don't worry about Hathaway and the crooked boyfriend. She WAS the victim. She knows how to campaign and has been doing it beautifully. The GG is hers to lose (while Hawkins is a fabulous threat) and she is the biggest lock right now that we have, (We havnt seen the performances of Winslet x2, Kidman, Blanchett and Streep) and she's ahead of Jolie, Hawkins, Scott Thomas, Knightley (who is a threat, btw. I suspect a GG nom again)...

I can say that these 4 are in the top of the race:
Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Last spot is a fight between Kidman, Scott Thomas, and Jolie (in that order). Knightley could be in for the fight but she doesn't campaign (which is why she was snubbed for Atonement!). I've heard some very good things about Kidman in Australia, but Scott Thomas could be a tour de force and well Jolie was "snubbed" (and a good 4 to 5 actresses where snubbed last year--Knightley, Jolie, Adams, Kidman) especialy when Blanchett got the Elizabeth nomination, which will hurt her very much this year. Two nominations last year and everyone was surprised Blanchett got in for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and even if Benjamin Button is amazing, will they want to award her with another nomination? I say she should go supporting, where she can easily win.

I love Oscar speculation. However, I love Oscar speculation that is accurate better. Both Theron and Kidman were had explored serious drama before their Best Actress winning roles.

Well before "Monster," Charlize Theron has already starred in an Best Picture nominee "The Cider House Rules" as well as Oscar bait "The Legend of Bagger Vance."

Nicole Kidman has already filmed Oscar bait with Stanley Kubrick ("Eyes Wide Shut") and Jane Campion ("The Portrait of a Lady") in the few years before "The Hours."

Hathaway does have one especially strong factor in her favor. Industry folk are anxious to see co-star Debra Winger in a return to form. That means "Rachel Getting Married" (unlike "Last Chance Harvey," "Wendy and Lucy" and "I've Loved You So Long") will actually be seen. It will be difficult for actors to nominate Winger for that incredible scene of conflict with Hathaway and not acknowledge her work as well.

It's no lock, but she has a better shot than half the names you listed in the article - Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, even Sally Hawkins. Why? First of all, critics love the film. Some even called it 'a masterpiece'. Then again, she's going to win the best actress in a comedy/musical Golden Globe and being a star always helps. I think that if her film gets a best picture nomination, which seems likely right now, she could follow....

Right now I think we could have:
Anne Hattheway
Sally Hawkins
Kristin Scott Thomas
Meryl Streep
Kate Winslet

I'm among the people who don't think Angelina was robbed last year - actually one of my favorite three performances got in instead (by an actors' actor - Linney). I'll wait to see her film, but judging from the trailer it's the acting I hate - otherwise called 'Oscar-bait' - flashy and showy and not much real emotion and heart in it. She didn't make me believe. There was no clicking in this performance. Mellisa Leo is a possibility and I want it to happen, but she has to work a lot for a nomination. And Oscar is adventerous lately, so it's possible to see her making the cut instead of Anne Hathaway!

Best lead performance I've seen since ..... ? That's gotta count for something.

And are you comparing To Die For to Days of Thunder? To Die For was directed by Gus Van Sant and made Top Ten lists.


No Oscar for Anne this year.

The scandal of her crooked boyfriend carries into the voting, especially with older Acadamy voters.

Odds are 150-1 against a nom.
Any takers?



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