It’s the role that wins the Oscar, not the actor. Always remember that!
– Peter Sarsgaard I’ve never seen him repeat himself yet, yet he is always truthful. I think he’s amazing. I mean – the difference between the character he plays in Boys Don’t Cry and the guy he plays in Shattered Glass: Is that the same actor? He’s a chameleon.)
– Philip Seymour Hoffman He’s excellent. There’s already Oscar murmurs about his Truman Capote but we’ll just have to see what happens next year. I can’t wait to see it – I’m going Saturday with Allison!
– Johnny Depp. I think he’s pretty much a shoo-in. Love the guy. I get sick of his “oh, I’m so over Hollywood so I show up at awards shows with scruffy goatees” poses. Because I believe it is a pose. If you were REALLY ‘over Hollywood’ you wouldn’t show up at all. Right, Johnny? But that’s neither here nor there. The guy is wonderful, a truly inventive surprising actor. I think he is bound to win some day
– Jack Black. In my opinion, the guy is a mass of talent along the lines of … Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman. He’s one of my favorite actors working today. I think he’s Oscar caliber already. If Woody Allen put him in one of his movies – and made him the star – I bet he’d at least get nominated. I thought he should have been nominated for School of Rock, frankly.
– Jeff Bridges. He’s my favorite actor. Everyone AROUND him gets nominated because HE is the one who makes everything so easy. Only he doesn’t get nominated. It’s a shame. He’s like Cary Grant. Cary Grant wasn’t nominated for Philadelphia Story. Kate Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart both were and Jimmy Stewart won. Grant wasn’t nominated? He breezes through that movie, a demented puckish Cupid, but without his performance, neither of the other two stars would be HALF as effective. Jeff Bridges is like that. The fact that he was not nominated for Door in the Floor (although I could list probably 10 other roles that I think he should have been nominated for) – is unbelievable. You don’t see acting as good as what he did in Door in the Floor on an everyday basis. It is special. It is heightened. It raises the bar for everyone. And so – naturally – it is ignored. It makes eveyrone else realize: “hmmm, maybe we’re not so awesome as we think we are.” I think Jeff Bridges is the #1 actor in America today – and it is my hope that some day he gets the prize. But even if he doesn’t, he’ll be in good company. He can hang out with the likes of Cary Grant.