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DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann

4 Responses to “DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann”

  1. YancySkancy says:

    Is her hot minute of Oscar buzz totally gone? None of the Gurus are touting her, and I assume most of them have seen the film by now.

  2. David Poland says:

    The problem, Yancy, is that the race got very tight when ZD30 got shown. All of a sudden, you have two very strong French performances fighting for their lives, plus the 7-year-old girl, all against seeming locks of J-Law, J-Chas and strong repeat contenders in Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, and NYFCC’s pick, Rachel Weisz.

    10 actresses, all of whom have a lot of support, is very rare. And Leslie, who is great in the film, is in a comedy… and hasn’t been nominated before.

    Leslie will likely get a Globes nod and lose to Jennifer Lawrence.

    Globes may also put aside Cotillard or Reva because they are in foreign language.

    Actress is usually one of those “sure… why not?” categories. Not this year. Not at all. Tougher than the guys this year.

  3. Lex says:

    What about Elle in Ginger and Rosa?

  4. YancySkancy says:

    I suspected as much,David. Same kinda situation that kept Kristin Wiig out of the running last year, I guess.

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