When discussing this weekend's opening of "An Education" with my Envelope colleague Paul Sheehan, he said something worth repeating — and illustrating pictorially. "Admit it!" he roared. "What's the first thing you thought of when you heard about this movie in the Oscar derby? 'Roman Holiday'!"
Aha! Bravo, Paul! Yes, both films star a relatively obscure, statuesque ingénue portraying a gal who dashes off on a forbidden romantic trip to a glam European capital with a streetwise older chap.
That's good news for "An Education" star Carey Mulligan. At the 1953 Oscars, Audrey Hepburn claimed the best-actress crown over Deborah Kerr (star of "From Here to Eternity," which beat "Roman Holiday" for best picture), Leslie Caron ("Lili"), Ava Gardner ("Mogambo") and Maggie McNamara ("The Moon Is Blue").
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