Poor Annette Bening. Every time she got nominated for her overdue Oscar in recent years, she lost to Hilary Swank. This year Bening looks like an inevitable nominee for "The Kids Are All Right." Meantime, Swank stars in "Conviction" as real-life person (always an Oscar plus) Betty Anne Waters, who put herself through law school in order to spring her brother from jail after he was wrongly convicted of murder.
Keep in mind that Swank is undefeated at the Oscars. Both of her nominations were triumphant: "Million Dollar Baby" (beating Bening in "Being Julia" in 2004) and "Boys Don't Cry" (beating Bening in best picture champ "American Beauty" in 1999). Last year she had high hopes for a return to the best-actress race, but "Amelia" crashed.
"Conviction" may also be a strong showcase for Juliette Lewis in the supporting-actress contest. We hear that she's got a short but showboating role as a trial witness. Release date is Oct. 15.
Photo: Hilary Swank in "Conviction" (Fox Searchlight)